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Journey Information

San Jose to Los Angeles bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$44.00
Shortest Duration6h 29m
Trips per day8
Bus lines3

San Jose to Los Angeles Route Map

San Jose Los Angeles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cheapest bus ticket from San Jose to Los Angeles?

The cheapest bus tickets from San Jose to L.A. are through Greyhound. A ticket with this bus company costs an average of just $34, while Megabus and OurBus are closer to $40, and Tufesa Internacional tickets hover around $55.

Is there an overnight bus from San Jose to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are a couple of overnight bus options between San Jose and Los Angeles. Megabus has a bus that departs San Jose at 11:30 p.m., arriving into L.A. at 6:10 a.m., and Greyhound has a bus departing San Jose at 11:15 p.m., arriving into L.A. at 5:55 a.m.

Is there a train from San Jose to Los Angeles?

The Amtrak Coast Starlight runs from San Jose to L.A., with two trips per day. Tickets average about $58, and the trip can be as fast as 8 hours 18 minutes. Bus trips are actually faster because they are less roundabout, getting to L.A. in as quick as 6 hours 30 minutes.

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Jose to Los Angeles right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $48.99 was the low point for bus fares from San Jose to Los Angeles. Buses from Los Angeles to San Jose are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $48.99 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 3 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $5.91 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 9 hours and 22 minutes to cover the 305 miles (492 kilometers) from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 6 hours and 29 minutes. 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from San Jose to Los Angeles for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Sunday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you are looking for less crowded buses to Los Angeles, book your ticket for the last day of the week.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Jose?

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

How many buses are there each day?

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from San Jose to Los Angeles 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 Jose to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $50.00.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to Los Angeles?

There are 3 bus lines from San Jose, California to Los Angeles, California. With 6 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
Amtrak Thruway28h 56m$52.78
Greyhound610h 5m$49.36
Tufesa Internacional26h 47m$55.00

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

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

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

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 5 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in Los Angeles, California:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • Union Station
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • 592 Gayley Ave
  • 611 Maple Ave

Price trends for buses from San Jose to Los Angeles

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Based on 16 ratings and reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Users that traveled with Greyhound report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 25 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
November 16, 2019Solo travel
wifi was not working
please make wifi working and arrange a water tap in bathroom
October 25, 2019Solo travel
Good actitud from the staff
The drivers speak extra loud even when is a overnight drive
Only use the Barth room if you don't have any option.
June 20, 2019Visiting family
Should be less noisy. No light during night travels. I pad, computer,phone etc
June 13, 2019Solo travel
One of the pathetic bus service overall.
A bunch of stupid people running this greyhound company. This can never be improved
Please never ever take greyhound. Mega bus is far better.

Based on 11 reviews
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 29 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
October 17, 2019Solo travel
A lot of empty seat. Not crowded at all. Nice for that.
The bus got late fo 30mns. Hoping it will be better next time.
No need to book seated number. They got plenty empty seat!
October 2, 2019Solo travel
Communication from the driver, and a priority on safety.
More communication is always good.
Bring everything you need to be comfy, including snacks and water should you get stuck as we did <3
July 2, 2019Vacation
it was very cheap
The driver was very unpolite- someone was 2 minutes left and she would not open the dors- the guest outside screamed and she drove away Also the driver used 2 whole seats for her suitcase - 1m next to it was a space for suitcases but she refused to move it.
June 29, 2019Solo travel
Good interaction with bus driver, good updates from Megabus about new dispatcher/servicer
Would like more information on where I would be picked up, first time at San Jose station and staff was helpful but next time (if I don't have the time, for example), I won't be able to make mistakes and miss my bus—to help this I'd like a map/more information, maybe pi...More
Arrive early!
June 25, 2019Visiting family
Drive was smooth

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