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bus lines6
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About San Jose

San Jose is located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California and, as such, it is the area’s cultural, political and financial center.

While you’re in San Jose, make sure to check out the city’s various museums. Since you’re in the world’s foremost technology hub, the Tech Museum of Innovation is a must-visit. And since you’re on the West Coast, you should stop by the San Jose Museum of Art that features the largest permanent collection of works from West Coast artists.

Thanks to its mild California climate, San Jose is one of the best cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities, and due to its largely younger-leaning population, it offers quite the vibrant nightlife. In fact, San Jose is among the biggest party hubs in America.

San Jose is served by various bus carriers and has several Amtrak stops within its vicinity. In addition, the city’s airport is located right near the downtown area, which makes travel to and from San Jose a breeze.

Station Information

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects Amtrak train service to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

Popular bus stations in San Jose:

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

  • Diridon Station

  • 440 S King Rd

  • 1118 E William St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

What bus companies travel to San Jose, California?

Located in California, San Jose is accessible by bus from 33 other cities. You can choose from 174 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to San Jose on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to San Jose are also available.

Bus companies serving San Jose

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US20515h 41m$90.57
Greyhound3210h 1m$60.60
Tufesa131d 8h 0m$230.79
Tufesa Plus127h 57m$82.02
Amtrak Thruway1012h 25m$92.30
Tufesa Internacional75h 25m$54.90
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • Tufesa Plus is an economy bus service run by Tufesa. Its service area covers the southwestern states in the United States and parts of northwest Mexico. Onboard, travelers can enjoy AC, power outlets, reclining chairs, separate male and female restrooms, and WiFi while in Mexico.

  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities.

  • Tufesa Internacional is the international brand of one of the largest ground transportation providers in Mexico, Tufesa. The carrier offers daily bus trips to and from several cities in the Southwestern United States, including cross-border trips between the U.S. and Mexico. The carrier’s fleet features modern coaches equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and a digital entertainment system.

Which bus carrier has the best service to San Jose?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to San Jose by bus with Megabus giving them a 4 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Tufesa Internacional had the most comfortable bus service to San Jose taking into account the seats and amenities that Tufesa Internacional offers. They rate Tufesa Internacional a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to San Jose punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Thruway has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to San Jose, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$5.99 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to San Jose, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to San Jose. In the last month, buses from Redwood City to San Jose had the lowest average price at $5.99.

The busiest bus station in San Jose is Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in San Jose are:

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St
  • Diridon Station
  • 440 S King Rd
The closest airport to San Jose is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl Airport (SJC), it is located 2.9 miles from the city center of San Jose.
San Jose ranks number 14 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 166 in United States. San Jose ranks number 5 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to San Jose via bus service. On average 102 direct daily bus trips serve San Jose.
The population of San Jose is 1026908. San Jose ranks number 4 in terms of population in California and number 60 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to San Jose range from $6 for a short trip to San Jose, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to San Jose starts at , and a longer trip by bus to San Jose can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $10.
People who take the bus to San Jose are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to San Jose easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of San Jose is Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St, located just 0.6 miles away. Select Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of San Jose. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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