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Journey Information

There are 17 intercity buses per day from San Jose to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from San Jose to Los Angeles usually takes around 6 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Distance305 mi (492 km)
Shortest duration5h 50m
Cheapest price$24.99
Trips per day17
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines4

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

(Based on 16 ratings and reviews)

4.2

5.0

Ananthanarayanan

November 16, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: wifi was not working. Cons: wifi. Tips: please make wifi working and arrange a water tap in bathroom.

Pros: wifi was not working. Cons: wifi. Tips: please make wifi working and arrange a water tap in bathroom.

4.0

Tatiana

October 25, 2019- Solo travel

Greyhound

Pros: Good actitud from the staff. Cons: The drivers speak extra loud even when is a overnight drive. Tips: Only use the Barth room if you don't have any option.

Pros: Good actitud from the staff. Cons: The drivers speak extra loud even when is a overnight drive. Tips: Only use the Barth room if you don't have any option.

5.0

Diska

October 17, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: A lot of empty seat. Not crowded at all. Nice for that. Cons: The bus got late fo 30mns. Hoping it will be better next time. Tips: No need to book seated number. They got plenty empty seat!

Pros: A lot of empty seat. Not crowded at all. Nice for that. Cons: The bus got late fo 30mns. Hoping it will be better next time. Tips: No need to book seated number. They got plenty empty seat!

4.0

Jennifer

October 2, 2019- Solo travel

Megabus

Pros: Communication from the driver, and a priority on safety. Cons: More communication is always good. Tips: Bring everything you need to be comfy, including snacks and water should you get stuck as we did <3.

Pros: Communication from the driver, and a priority on safety. Cons: More communication is always good. Tips: Bring everything you need to be comfy, including snacks and water should you get stuck as we did <3.

2.0

Sam

July 2, 2019- Vacation

Megabus

Pros: it was very cheap. Cons: 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 s...

Pros: it was very cheap. Cons: 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.

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San Jose to Los Angeles Route Map

San Jose Los Angeles

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

$32.24 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Jose to Los Angeles. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Jose to Los Angeles is expected to range from $28 to $43. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $28. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $28 and can be found on October 20, 2021.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Jose to Los Angeles in April, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $48 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

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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 7 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $7.97 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to Los Angeles?

There are 4 bus lines from San Jose to Los Angeles. 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 US106h 32m$26.50
Greyhound47h 25m$42.60
Tufesa Internacional16h 45m$57.00
Tufesa Plus48h 27m$57.00
  • 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 4 bus trips from San Jose to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 25 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $37.

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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 trips from San Jose to Los Angeles, with prices starting from $57. 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

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 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.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

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?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 58 minutes to cover the 305 miles from San Jose to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 50 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?

Tuesday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, 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 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 17 scheduled buses that travel from San Jose to Los Angeles every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from California to California without transferring.

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

City Information

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.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

Departure stations

Buses to Los Angeles leave from 3 stations in San Jose.

Bus stations in San Jose:

  • 1118 E William St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Arrival stations

Buses arrive in Los Angeles at 11 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

Bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • 611 Maple Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 13005 Sherman Way

  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima

  • E Olympic Blvd & S Augusta Ave Bus Stop

  • 4555 E 3rd St & S McDonnell Ave E

  • Pacoima - 9727 Laurel Canyon Drive

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