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Journey Information

There are 27 intercity buses per day from San Jose to San Diego. Traveling by bus from San Jose to San Diego usually takes around 12 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest Tufesa Internacional bus can make the trip in 9 hours,

Distance416 mi (670 km)
Shortest duration9h 0m
Cheapest price$23.48
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from San Jose to San Diego

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)




January 11, 2020- Solo travel

Tufesa Internacional

Pros: On time. Cons: Nothing yet. Tips: Put WiFi.



June 1, 2019- Visiting friends


Plug was broken for charging We were an hour late coming into LA so nearly missed connection and driver didn’t seem to care... Should be able to communicate with depo somehow to say we are close etc

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

Bus tickets for a trip from San Jose to San Diego cost $55.78 on average. Tickets cheaper than $55.78 are an excellent bargain. 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


If you're planning to travel by bus from San Jose to San Diego in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $55 to $84. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on March 13, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to San Diego this week, bus tickets are available starting at $57.

Monthly average prices

Taking the bus from San Jose to San Diego is usually cheapest in June, when the average ticket price is only $68. If you're planning to take the bus from San Jose to San Diego during March, keep in mind that bus ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $86. However, booking your trip in advance can help you score a ticket at a better price.

Prices as travel date approaches


Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 12 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $44.76 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to San Diego?

There are 3 bus lines from San Jose to San Diego available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 16 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 US1614h 3m$68.85
Greyhound1112h 30m$65.31
Tufesa Internacional210h 6m$85.00
  • 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 16 trips per day from San Jose to San Diego, 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 11 bus trips from San Jose to San Diego every day, with the average journey taking around 12 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Diego usually start from $23.

  • 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 2 from San Jose to San Diego, with prices starting from $85. 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

Yes, there is a train from San Jose to San Diego, but you’ll have to make a transfer and it will take at least 12 hours 30 minutes to make the trip. A train ticket also costs around $70 on average. You’re better off just taking a direct bus, which takes as little as 9 hours and 35 minutes. Bus tickets start at just $30.
The best way to get from San Jose to San Diego depends on your budget. Even accounting for extra time at the airport, flying is definitely the fastest travel option, but a one-way, nonstop ticket usually costs between $45 and $115. The best budget option is taking a bus. Bus tickets from San Jose to San Diego start at just $30.
The drive from San Jose to San Diego covers 459.5 miles (about 740 kilometers), which takes about 7 hours 20 minutes with little to no traffic in your own vehicle (not counting rest stops). A bus can take you from San Jose to San Diego in as little as 9 hours 35 minutes.

The bus takes an average of 12 hours and 50 minutes to cover the 416 miles from San Jose to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours. 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.

Because many passengers travel from San Jose to San Diego at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, 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.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Jose to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 27 scheduled buses that travel from San Jose to San Diego every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 6 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 San Diego; ticket prices start at $66.00.

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.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

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

Buses to San Diego leave from 4 stations in San Jose.

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

  • Diridon Station

  • 440 S King Rd

  • 1118 E William St

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Main arrival station: San Ysidro Transit Center

Buses arrive in San Diego at 9 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • San Diego Greyhound Bus Stop

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • La Jolla - UC San Diego

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • San Ysidro CA

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

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