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Journey Information

San Jose to San Francisco bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$6.00
Shortest duration0h 55m
Trips per day2
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Jose to San Francisco 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 much is a bus ticket from San Jose to San Francisco?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $6.00 was the low point for bus fares from San Jose to San Francisco. Buses from San Francisco to San Jose are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $6.00 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 29 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $11.44 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 1 hour 39 minutes to cover the 42 miles (68 kilometers) from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 55 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short trip.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Jose?

The first bus leaves at 6:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Jose to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from San Jose to San Francisco. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Jose to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $22.50.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to San Francisco?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Jose, California to San Francisco, California. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway10h 56m$17.00
Greyhound21h 40m$8.75

Book Amtrak Thruway from San Jose to San Francisco from $17. Typically there is one Amtrak Thruway schedule per day from San Jose to San Francisco and you can expect on average to pay $17 for a Amtrak Thruway ticket to San Francisco. In San Jose, Amtrak Thruway departs to San Francisco from Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St, In San Francisco, Amtrak Thruway arrives at Salesforce Plaza, An average trip on Amtrak Thruway from San Jose to San Francisco takes 0 hours and 56 minutes, while the fastest available Amtrak Thruway trip will get you to San Francisco in 0 hours and 55 minutes, On weekends, Amtrak Thruway offers 1 trip per day and you could expect to pay $17 for a one way ticket for your weekend getaway trip to San Francisco.

Book Greyhound from San Jose to San Francisco from $6. There are 2 trips per day offered by Greyhound from San Jose to San Francisco and you can expect on average to pay $9 for a Greyhound ticket to San Francisco. In San Jose, Greyhound departs to San Francisco from Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St, In San Francisco, Greyhound arrives at Salesforce Plaza, An average trip on Greyhound from San Jose to San Francisco takes 1 hours and 40 minutes, while the fastest available Greyhound trip will get you to San Francisco in 0 hours and 55 minutes, On weekends, Greyhound offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs $10 for a weekend trip to San Francisco.

Price trends for buses from San Jose to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

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Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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