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Journey Information

There are 23 intercity buses per day from San Jose to Los Angeles. Traveling by bus from San Jose to Los Angeles usually takes around 7 hours and 2 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 26 minutes.

Distance305 mi (492 km)
Shortest duration5h 26m
Cheapest price$35.99
Trips per day23
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Jose to Los Angeles

(Based on 17 ratings and reviews)

4.2

5.0

Hyeyeon

July 9, 2021

Greyhound

Clean bus and on time arrival.

Clean bus and on time arrival.

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.

San Jose to Los Angeles Route Map

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

$46.61 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Jose to Los Angeles. Any tickets cheaper than $46.61 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

$60$40$20SepOct

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Jose to Los Angeles is expected to range from $46 to $56. If you are looking to travel to Los Angeles within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $46. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $46 and can be found on September 27, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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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 $38 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Jose to Los Angeles in May, 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

$75$60$45$30$153020100

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 $15.34 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to Los Angeles?

There are 3 bus lines from San Jose to Los Angeles available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 15 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 US156h 27m$48.15
Greyhound47h 37m$56.82
Tufesa Plus48h 27m$60.50
  • 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 15 trips per day from San Jose to Los Angeles, 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 4 bus trips from San Jose to Los Angeles every day, with the average journey taking around 7 hours and 37 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Los Angeles usually start from $39.

  • Tufesa Plus

    Tufesa Plus

    Tufesa Plus is an economy bus service run by Tufesa. Its service area covers the southwestern states in the United States and parts of northwest Mexico. Onboard, travelers can enjoy AC, power outlets, reclining chairs, separate male and female restrooms, and WiFi while in Mexico.

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.

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 Jose to Los Angeles?

The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 2 minutes to cover the 305 miles from San Jose to Los Angeles. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 26 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 tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking buses from San Jose to Los Angeles. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the bus and even save some change check out travel options on Thursday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Jose?

The first bus leaves at 9:00am 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 23 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 San Jose to Los Angeles without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Jose to Los Angeles; ticket prices start at $50.00.

City Information

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.

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?

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

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

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

  • 1118 E William St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where does the bus arrive in Los Angeles?

Main arrival station: Downtown - Vignes Lot

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

All bus stations in Los Angeles:

  • Downtown - Vignes Lot

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St

  • 1658 N Orange Drive

  • North Hollywood Bus Station

  • San Fernando Bus Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • USC - 3492 S Hope St

  • 10413 Laurel Canyon Blvd Pacoima

  • 4555 E 3rd St & S McDonnell Ave E

  • E Olympic Blvd & S Augusta Ave Bus Stop

  • 611 Maple Ave

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