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Madison - San Jose Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from Madison to San Jose. Traveling by bus from Madison to San Jose usually takes around 62 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Greyhound bus can make the trip in 62 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance1748 mi (2813 km)
Shortest duration62h 45m
Cheapest price$170.00
Most frequent serviceGreyhound
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How much is a bus ticket from Madison to San Jose?

Typically $193.47 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to San Jose. Bus tickets on this route can be more expensive due to the length of the trip. However, taking the bus can still be a good alternative to flying. 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

$225$150$75MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Madison to San Jose is expected to range from $188 to $218. If you are looking to travel to San Jose within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $188. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $188 and can be found on May 23, 2022.

Monthly average prices

$225$180$135$90$45JJASONDJFMAM

The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in May. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just $178 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Madison to San Jose in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to $210 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.

What bus companies travel from Madison to San Jose?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Madison to San Jose. Greyhound is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound12d 14h 53m$201.81
  • 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 1 bus trips from Madison to San Jose every day, with the average journey taking around 62 hours and 53 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Jose usually start from $170.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Madison to San Jose 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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 Madison to San Jose?

The bus takes an average of 62 hours and 52 minutes to cover the 1748 miles from Madison to San Jose. However, the fastest bus only takes 62 hours and 45 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?

Sunday tends to be the busiest day for buses, as many passengers take the bus to San Jose at the end of the week. If you are planning to travel on a Sunday, 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 Madison?

There is usually only one bus per day from Madison to San Jose. It leaves the station in Madison at 5:00pm each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many bus trips to San Jose are there per day?

There is usually only one bus per day from Madison to San Jose. However, it is not a direct bus, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to change buses during the trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Madison to San Jose; ticket prices start at $225.00.

City Information

Madison

Consistently ranking high on the lists of the best places to live in the USA, Madison still maintains its quaint and idyllic small-town vibe despite being the capital city of Wisconsin. Sitting among the city’s most iconic and most popular landmarks is the Madison Memorial Union, which is located within the campus of the University of Madison. The building features a lakeview terrace filled with colorful chairs, allowing visitors to chill out and enjoy the sun. If you are interested in the history of the state or architecture as a whole, head over to the State Capitol building, which was built between 1906 and 1917. The building features lavish council chambers, which were modeled after the famous Doge’s Palace in Venice, along with other architectural highlights. If you wish to stay close to nature, the Olbrich Botanical garden, with its famous Thai Pavilion and Garden, will certainly be a great choice.

As a college city, Madison features numerous cutting-edge establishments that will make your mouth water. For some of the best dining views in town, head over to Graze, where you can also grab some of the best cheese curds in Madison. If you want to enjoy the best brunch in town, Sardine might have what you need.

The busiest bus/train station in Madison is located on Collins Ct. The city is served by the Dane County Regional Airport, 6 miles northeast of downtown.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Madison?

Main departure station: Phillips 66

Most buses depart from the main station in Madison.

All bus stations in Madison:

  • Phillips 66

Where does the bus arrive in San Jose?

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Main arrival station: Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Diridon Station opened in 1935 with architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance, and today is a vital part of Silicon Valley’s transportation system. Diridon Station connects Amtrak train service to local commuter service like the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail. The station is also a major hub for bus transit on Amtrak Thruway and Greyhound buses. With paid parking onsite, bicycle racks, and accessible entrances, travelers can easily reach the station from nearby downtown San Jose. As a bonus, food trucks frequently set up outside the station to provide delicious cheap eats for passengers.

All bus stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

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