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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from San Jose to Santa Ana. Traveling by bus from San Jose to Santa Ana usually takes around 11 hours and 8 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 8 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance336 mi (540 km)
Shortest duration8h 35m
Cheapest price$32.98
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
Bus lines2

How much is a bus ticket from San Jose to Santa Ana?

Bus tickets for a trip from San Jose to Santa Ana cost $41.08 on average. Tickets cheaper than $41.08 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from San Jose to Santa Ana is expected to be between $38 and $57. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is July 30, 2024, when tickets are available for July 30, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $40.

Monthly avg. prices

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Bus tickets from San Jose to Santa Ana are at their cheapest average price in August. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $45. On the other hand, traveling on this route during November might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for November trips cost $77, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 29 days in advance to save $62.14 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to Santa Ana?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from San Jose to Santa Ana that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US210h 30m$70.61
Greyhound211h 18m$54.96
  • 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 2 trips per day from San Jose to Santa Ana, 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 2 bus trips from San Jose to Santa Ana every day, with the average journey taking around 11 hours and 18 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Santa Ana usually start from $33.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 11 hours and 8 minutes to cover the 336 miles from San Jose to Santa Ana. However, the fastest bus only takes 8 hours and 35 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.

Because many passengers travel from San Jose to Santa Ana 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, 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.

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00am. To see the times for all buses from San Jose to Santa Ana, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from San Jose to Santa Ana every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. However, only one of these is a direct bus. With direct service, you do not have to transfer onto a different bus at any point during your trip. Direct buses also tend to be significantly faster, which is worth bearing in mind as you compare the available options.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Jose to Santa Ana; ticket prices start at $69.00.

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.

Santa Ana

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Santa Ana is a sunny city in Orange County located between Anaheim and Irvine in the greater Los Angeles area. Downtown Santa Ana bustles with independent breweries, diverse restaurants, unique retail shops, weekly pop-up markets, and art centers. This lively downtown area, in addition to Santa Ana's live-work housing and creative working spaces, make it attractive to young professionals.

One of the most popular spots for visitors is the Santa Ana Zoo, where little ones can enjoy a carousel and mini-train ride along with the animal exhibits. Architecture enthusiasts will love seeing the Bowers Museum, built in a Mission Revival style, and the Heritage Museum, which has restored homes from the 1890s.

The Orange County Transportation Authority and several shuttle services provide transit within Santa Ana. Santa Ana is easily accessible from over 20 other cities by Amtrak Thruway bus or on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train. The primary airport for Orange County, John Wayne Airport, is located in Santa Ana and also makes it easy to travel to this vibrant SoCal spot.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

Main departure station: Diridon Station

San Jose has two bus stations with service to Santa Ana.

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Station

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

Where does the bus arrive in Santa Ana?

Main arrival station: Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

All buses from San Jose arrive at one main station in Santa Ana.

All bus stations in Santa Ana:

  • Reg Transp Ctr - 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd

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