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Journey Information

San Jose to San Diego bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$37.00
Shortest Duration9h 50m
Trips per day3
Bus lines2
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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for San Jose to San Diego
4.3
Based on 3 reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
2.0
Value
3.0
Condition
3.0
Emily
3.0
June 1, 2019Visiting friends
Cons
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

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
3.0
Staff
3.0
Value
2.0
Condition
4.0
Jessimar
5.0
January 11, 2020Solo travel
Pros
On time.
Cons
Nothing yet
Tips
Put WiFi

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from San Jose to San Diego?

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.

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

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.

How long is the drive from San Jose to San Diego?

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.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $67.10 was the low point for bus fares from San Jose to San Diego. Buses from San Diego to San Jose are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $67.10 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 $2.40 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 11 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 416 miles (670 kilometers) from San Jose to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 50 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?

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, Thursday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go.

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 San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 3 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 2 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 $61.25.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to San Diego?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Jose to San Diego. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 bus trips per day.
BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound211h 56m$60.36
Tufesa Internacional210h 34m$77.00

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

Buses to San Diego 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 San Diego?

Buses arrive in San Diego at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in San Diego, California:

  • San Ysidro Transit Center
  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr

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