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Journey Information

There are 12 intercity buses per day from San Diego to San Jose. Traveling by bus from San Diego to San Jose usually takes around 10 hours and 57 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance416 mi (670 km)
Shortest duration8h 45m
Cheapest price$44.98
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

How much is a bus ticket from San Diego to San Jose?

Typically $58.54 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to San Jose. Any tickets cheaper than $58.54 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

$90$60$30MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Diego to San Jose is expected to range from $54 to $85. If you are looking to travel to San Jose within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $57. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $54 and can be found on June 9, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$75$60$45$30$15JJASONDJFMAM

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in October. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $52 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Diego to San Jose in March, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $63 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 29 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $24.04 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to San Jose?

There are 3 bus lines from San Diego to San Jose available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 10 daily trips, FlixBus US 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
FlixBus US1010h 46m$63.54
Greyhound211h 41m$76.15
Tufesa Internacional111h 15m$81.00
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    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 10 trips per day from San Diego to San Jose, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • Greyhound

    Greyhound

    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 2 bus trips from San Diego to San Jose every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 41 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Jose usually start from $58.

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  • Tufesa Internacional

    Tufesa Internacional

    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. On average, Tufesa Internacional runs 1 from San Diego to San Jose, with prices starting from $81. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a sleeper bus from San Diego to San Jose?

There are overnight bus services to San Jose from San Diego, but they will require you to transfer buses at some point in the early morning. Tufesa International offers the only daily direct trip for this route.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose?

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is by bus. Bus tickets start as low as $31 whereas a train ticket from San Diego to San Jose will cost you at least $68.

Is there a train from San Diego to San Jose?

There is a train from San Diego to San Jose, but it’s not a direct train and takes at least 12 hours (usually longer). The same bus trip can be done in as fast as 10 hours.

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

Our bus 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, bus 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

How long is the bus ride from San Diego to San Jose?

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 57 minutes to cover the 416 miles from San Diego to San Jose. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 45 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.

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 San Diego?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to San Jose, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There are 12 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to San Jose every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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 San Diego to San Jose; ticket prices start at $61.25.

City Information

San Diego

San Diego is known as "America's Finest City" for its sunny weather, white-sand beaches, and dazzling attractions from Belmont Park to SeaWorld. San Diego's 70 miles of pristine beaches include such gems as Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Cove, and Coronado Beach. The city's strong surfing culture may even inspire you to rent a surfboard and catch the epic waves, bro.

Visitors can spend days getting lost in Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre cultural hub which features 16 museums, immaculate gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The historic heart of the city, Old Town, showcases San Diego's heritage and ties to Mexican culture, while other sights like the USS Midway pay tribute to the city's military and maritime history. Leave time for some evening exploring, too! San Diego is rated the #1 best city for craft beer in America, so don't miss out on the bars in the Gaslamp Quarter: 16 walkable blocks packed with nightlife and young crowds.

Two airports, as well as many bus and train options, mean it is easy to get to San Diego from afar or from nearby cities like Tijuana, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.

San Jose

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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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Main departure station: 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

Buses to San Jose leave from 8 stations in San Diego.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

Where does the bus arrive in San Jose?

Main arrival station: Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

Buses arrive in San Jose at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • 1118 E William St

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