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San Jose - Stockton Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There are 3 intercity buses per day from San Jose to Stockton. Traveling by bus from San Jose to Stockton usually takes around 9 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Thruway bus can make the trip in 2 hours and 12 minutes.

Distance54 mi (87 km)
Shortest duration2h 12m
Cheapest price$13.00
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Thruway
Bus lines3

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

Bus tickets for a trip from San Jose to Stockton cost $48.21 on average. Tickets cheaper than $48.21 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


Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from San Jose to Stockton is expected to be between $19 and $79. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is August 10, 2024, when tickets are available for August 10, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $24.

Monthly average prices

Taking the bus from San Jose to Stockton is usually cheapest in August, when the average ticket price is only $51. If you're planning to take the bus from San Jose to Stockton during February, 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


To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Booking in advance is the best way to find affordable prices and save money on your trip.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to Stockton?

There are 3 bus lines from San Jose to Stockton available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. Amtrak Thruway offers the most choice in regards to departure times, with a couple of different times on its daily bus schedule.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Thruway211h 50m$93.48
FlixBus US18h 43m$36.89
Greyhound16h 6m$25.81
  • Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities. Amtrak Thruway bus tickets from San Jose to Stockton start at $13. On average, there are 2 Amtrak Thruway bus trips on this route every day.

  • 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 1 trips per day from San Jose to Stockton, 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 1 bus trips from San Jose to Stockton every day, with the average journey taking around 6 hours and 6 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Stockton usually start from $17.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are buses that can take you directly from San Jose to Stockton. At this time, there are a number of bus trips where you can expect to spend part of the journey on a different vehicle, such as a shuttle or a train. Both types of tickets can be found when you search on Wanderu; the type of trip is indicated in the trip details.

The bus takes an average of 9 hours and 26 minutes to cover the 54 miles from San Jose to Stockton. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours and 12 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.

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, Monday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your bus travel for the beginning of the week.

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 2:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Jose to Stockton, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 3 scheduled buses that travel from San Jose to Stockton 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 Stockton; ticket prices start at $13.00.

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.


Stockton, California, is a diverse, creative, and culturally rich city. It's also in the perfect place for various Cali weekend trips, with Sacramento, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park all within reach. Stockton is an excellent place to post up while touring Northern California.

And of course, there's plenty to do in the city itself. The Bob Hope Theatre, sometimes known as "The Fox" by locals, is a popular entertainment venue and a beautifully preserved piece of Stockton's history. The recent refurbishment has produced a magnificent place for local arts productions, film, dance, comedy, and Broadway-style entertainment, as well as the newest in top-name musical entertainment.

Amtrak has multiple routes to Stockton from Bakersfield, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Jefferson Lines provides the most bus service to the city, and buses go from Stockton to cities across the nation, including Phoenix, Huntington Park, and even Ontario. The city has its own airport, Stockton Airport (SCK), although some travelers also use the airport in Sacramento for more flight options.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

Main departure station: Diridon Station

Buses to Stockton leave from 15 stations in San Jose.

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Station

  • Downtown San Jose - 129 W San Carlos St

  • Union Station

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

  • Santa Cruz, California

  • Scotts Valley Transit Ctr

  • 11 Station Pl

  • 1 Grand Avenue, Building 113

  • 1011 Railroad Ave

  • 209 State Street

  • Transportation Center

  • Intermodal Station - 800 Pine St

  • McDonalds - 1350 Broadway Cir

  • Santa Maria Bus Stop

Where does the bus arrive in Stockton?

Main arrival station: Cabral Station - 949 E Channel St

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Stockton.

All bus stations in Stockton:

  • Cabral Station - 949 E Channel St

  • Central Autobuses

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