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Los Angeles to San Jose bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$24.99
Shortest Duration6h 0m
Trips per day11
Bus lines3
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for Los Angeles to San Jose
4.5
Based on 11 reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 20 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.8
Staff
4.2
Value
4.4
Condition
4.6
Ellen
4.0
December 2, 2019Solo travel
Cons
Restroom should have hand sanitizer
Gabriel
4.0
December 1, 2019Visiting family
Pros
I like that there were movies to watch on the trip, the bus was clean, that it had charging plug ins & that the bus driver was very communicative. I also liked that there's cup holders (although on this trip they were ripped on my seat).
Cons
It would be nice if the seats had food trays so when we bring food onboard we can put it on there instead of balancing it on our laps. The wifi was working for a little, but then it stopped so it would be nice to have more reliable wifi.
Avital
5.0
November 4, 2019Business
Pros
Everything was great
Cons
May be time of arrival.
Tips
Make sure your bag is not more than 50 pounds they weight the bag.
Maria Guadalupe
5.0
August 10, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Everything was great and I felt safe With all the stuff that is going on it’s good to know that their is still a safe way to travel , thank you .
Cons
Nothing to improved .
Tips
Have your confirmation number ready
Raven
4.0
July 5, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Enjoying some scenery
Cons
Avoiding delays. Making sure ac and other things work before take off.

Based on 6 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 67 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.8
Staff
4.7
Value
4.3
Condition
4.3
Nataly
5.0
December 30, 2019Visiting family
Pros
on the second floor behind the driver were very dirty windows
Neha
4.0
December 16, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was well-paced and the driver was really nice!
Cons
The bus should have USB ports for chargers. In addition, it would be nice to have more spacious seats.
Charles
5.0
October 1, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
The trip was quick and comfortable without any problems....
Cons
The cup holders were to small...
Tips
N/A
Wilburn
4.0
September 11, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Not driving
Cons
Checking in San jose location not very organized compare to la union station
Tips
A passenger hit another passenger on the bus not cool at all
Michael
5.0
August 31, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Cheap and fast!
Cons
Can't think of anything.
Tips
If not in a hurry this is the best deal!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to travel from L.A to San Jose?

The best way to travel from LA to San Jose is by bus because it’s the cheapest option. Bus tickets for this route average about $38, whereas train tickets are around $60, and plane tickets average more than $100.

While flying is the fastest option, with nonstop trips taking about 1 hour and 20 minutes, you have to factor in the additional time getting to the airport and passing through security. Between bus and train, the average bus trip is actually quicker than the average train trip by about 2 hours.

Balancing price and travel time, traveling by bus is the best overall option.

Is there a direct bus from L.A to San Jose?

Out of the 36 daily buses that depart Los Angeles for San Jose, 29 of those are direct options that do not require a transfer. Greyhound offers the most direct trips of any bus company on this route.

Is L.A to San Jose a good family vacation?

Depending on what you have planned, San Jose can be a great destination for a family vacation. The travel time would be the hardest part, since the bus trip averages about 7 hours. But if you’re prepared with snacks and travel games, then the trip is well worth it.

The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is an excellent spot to take the kids. The museum includes art activities, cooking classes, a theater and even a mini mammoth cave you can explore. If you’re looking for free activities, there are many parks you can visit as well, such as Alum Rock Park and the Hellyer County Park.

One thing worth noting is that San Jose is a pretty pricey town, so you may need to do more advanced planning if you want to travel on a budget.

How much is a bus ticket from Los Angeles to San Jose?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $30.77 was the low point for bus fares from Los Angeles to San Jose. Buses from San Jose to Los Angeles are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $30.77 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $19.30 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 7 hours and 14 minutes to cover the 305 miles (492 kilometers) from Los Angeles to San Jose. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours, The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to San Jose at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Los Angeles?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Los Angeles to San Jose, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 11 scheduled buses that travel from Los Angeles to San Jose every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 10 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Los Angeles to San Jose; ticket prices start at $49.25.

What bus companies travel from Los Angeles to San Jose?

There are 3 bus lines from Los Angeles to San Jose. With 5 daily trips, Greyhound usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound58h 3m$33.10
Megabus56h 38m$29.61
Tufesa Internacional77h 40m$55.00

Where does the bus leave from in Los Angeles?

Buses to San Jose leave from multiple locations in Los Angeles, California. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Union Station
  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • 611 Maple Ave
  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima
  • 4555 E 3rd St & S McDonnell Ave E
  • E Olympic Blvd 4425

Where does the bus arrive in San Jose?

Buses arrive in San Jose at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in San Jose, California:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St
  • 1642 Story Rd
  • 1118 E William St

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