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Monterey-San Jose Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Monterey to San Jose. Traveling by train from Monterey to San Jose usually takes around 3 hours and 14 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 51 minutes.

Distance51 mi (82 km)
Fastest train2h 51m
Lowest price€21.09
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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Which train should you take from Monterey to San Jose?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Monterey, California to San Jose, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak13h 15m€22.78
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 1 Amtrak trains from Monterey to San Jose every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €21.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Monterey to San Jose during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Monterey to San Jose?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Monterey to San Jose, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Monterey to San Jose?

The distance between Monterey and San Jose is approximately 51 miles, or 82 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 51 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Monterey to San Jose are the most crowded on Wednesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Monterey at 16:00 and arrives in San Jose around 2 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Monterey to San Jose?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Monterey. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Monterey to San Jose for €8.43.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Monterey where you can board the train.

Train stations in Monterey:

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Marriott Hotel - 350 Calle Principal

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Arrival stations

San Jose has one train station.

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