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There are 5 intercity buses per day from Sacramento to San Jose. Traveling by bus from Sacramento to San Jose usually takes around 6 hours and 56 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 15 minutes.
|Distance||89 mi (142 km)|
|Shortest duration||4h 15m|
|Most frequent service||FlixBus US|
How much is a bus ticket from Sacramento to San Jose?
Bus tickets for a trip from Sacramento to San Jose cost $22.44 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.
Average prices by travel date
Bus tickets from Sacramento to San Jose are expected to cost between $21 and $28 over the next four weeks. If you're planning a trip to San Jose within the next week, you can find the cheapest bus tickets starting from $21. Don't wait too long to book your ticket, as prices tend to rise as the travel date approaches.
Monthly average prices
Prices as travel date approaches
The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 29 days in advance to save $12.73 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from Sacramento to San Jose?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Sacramento to San Jose that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 4 scheduled trips per day.
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. On average, FlixBus US operates 4 trips per day from Sacramento to San Jose, and the average ticket for this route costs only .
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 performs about 1 bus trips from Sacramento to San Jose every day, with the average journey taking around 9 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Jose usually start from $18.
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The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 56 minutes to cover the 89 miles from Sacramento to San Jose. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 15 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in San Jose. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.
The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Sacramento to San Jose, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
There are 5 scheduled buses that travel from Sacramento to San Jose every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Sacramento to San Jose; ticket prices start at $19.00.
As the long-held capital city of California, Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that is reflected in its historic buildings and quarters. The Old Sacramento Waterfront quarter is the best place to explore the city’s rich heritage. Boasting ages-old constructions and a quaint vibe that is reminiscent of the Wild West, the area allows visitors to travel back in time and relive the Gold Rush era. Among the most interesting destinations in the area is the California State Museum, located at the northern edge of the quarter. It offers numerous restored locomotives as well as exhibitions on the United States’ westward expansion. If history is not really your thing, then the Midtown quarter, which boasts a vibrant and expanding art scene, will be a great alternative.
Sacramento is famous for its vast tracts of farmland, so it makes sense that the best dishes are the ones made from locally-grown produce. Among the best places to try out homemade dishes are The Firehouse and The Kitchen. For a bit of an Asian taste, visit Mikuni in Midtown Sacramento.
The busiest bus station in Sacramento is located right in the heart of the city and offers bus service to Portland, Reno, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many other places. The main Amtrak train station is the nearby Sacramento Valley Station, which also serves the Gold Line of the local transit light rail. The principal regional airport is the Sacramento International Airport, located 10 miles northwest of Downtown.
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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.
Where does the bus leave from in Sacramento?
Main departure station: 2928 K Street (b/w 29th St & 30th St)
Buses to San Jose leave from 3 stations in Sacramento.
All bus stations in Sacramento:
2928 K Street (b/w 29th St & 30th St)
961 2nd St
420 Richards Blvd
Where does the bus arrive in San Jose?
Main arrival station: Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St
All buses from Sacramento arrive at one main station in San Jose.
All bus stations in San Jose:
Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St
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