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Journey Information

There are 9 intercity buses per day from San Jose to San Diego. Traveling by bus from San Jose to San Diego usually takes around 10 hours and 58 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 55 minutes.

Distance416 mi (670 km)
Shortest duration8h 55m
Cheapest price$39.98
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Jose to San Diego

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.3

5.0

Jessimar

January 11, 2020- Solo travel

Tufesa Internacional

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

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

3.0

Emily

June 1, 2019- Visiting friends

Greyhound

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

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?

$49.26 is the average price of a bus ticket from San Jose to San Diego. Any tickets cheaper than $49.26 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$20JanFeb

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from San Jose to San Diego is expected to range from $44 to $56. If you are looking to travel to San Diego within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $45. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $44 and can be found on February 14, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in September. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $53 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Jose to San Diego in January, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $60 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 24 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $19.07 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the 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 6 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 US610h 51m$47.69
Greyhound211h 56m$56.95
Tufesa Internacional110h 5m$81.00
  • 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 6 trips per day from San Jose to San Diego, 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 2 bus trips from San Jose to San Diego every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 56 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Diego usually start from $54.

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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 from San Jose to San Diego, with prices starting from $81. 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

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.

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Jose to San Diego 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 from San Jose to San Diego?

The bus takes an average of 10 hours and 58 minutes to cover the 416 miles from San Jose to San Diego. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 55 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?

Buses departing from San Jose to San Diego tend to have the most passangers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

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 9 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 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 San Diego; ticket prices start at $61.25.

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.

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 3 stations in San Jose.

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • 1118 E William St

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

Main arrival station: Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

Buses arrive in San Diego at 8 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in San Diego:

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave

  • Westfield UTC Mall

  • 2728 Congress St (Old Town SD)

  • 789 W Harbor Dr - Seaport Village

  • Balboa Park - Presidents Way

  • San Ysidro Bus Terminal

  • San Ysidro Transit Center

  • SDSU - 5716 Hardy Ave

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