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Los Angeles - San Jose Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 14 daily train trips between Los Angeles and San Jose. The average train journey from Los Angeles to San Jose takes 9 hours and 45 minutes, but some Amtrak train trips are as short as 7 hours and 31 minutes.

Distance305 mi (492 km)
Fastest train7h 31m
Lowest price$45.00
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Los Angeles to San Jose

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

4.7

4.0

Eleanor

April 17, 2023- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: The bus part -- the bus was cramped because it was designed to carry a lot of people which was expected--people were going home at the end of the weekend. Prior to San Louis Obispo and Cal Poly, we were full up. Cons: Nothing in particular. Tips: Be prepared for cramped some of the time. Also there were electrical outlets on the train but not the bus.

5.0

Roslyn

July 19, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: Everything from the moment I walked into the LA Union Station to picking up my luggage in San Hosea. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Bryce

May 1, 2021

Amtrak

Everything!

What is the price of a train ticket from Los Angeles to San Jose?

Over the past month, a train ticket between Los Angeles and San Jose cost $86.75, on average. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $6.61 more.

Average prices by travel date

$105$70$35FebMar

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Los Angeles to San Jose is expected to fluctuate between $82 and $101 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to San Jose in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Los Angeles is $83.

Monthly avg. prices

$150$120$90$60$30AMJJASONDJFM
You can find the lowest prices on this route during February. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Los Angeles to San Jose, with the average price at just $71. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in June, when the average price goes up to $140. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$100$80$60$40$203020100

If you're looking to save on your train trip from Los Angeles to San Jose, book online with Wanderu at least 29 days in advance. That way, you’ll save $6.61 compared to booking your ticket last minute.

Which train should you take from Los Angeles to San Jose?

2 train services operate from Los Angeles to San Jose. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 13 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak139h 45m$87.99
Amtrak Coast Starlight19h 42m$102.19
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 13 Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to San Jose every day, as well as 24 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $45.

  • The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a service provided by Amtrak that connects Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast. The full journey winds through the Cascade Mountains, perfectly clipped vineyards, and dense coastal forest, allowing passengers to get a glimpse of the US west coast while enjoying air-conditioned cars, power outlets, complimentary onboard WiFi, and snacks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Los Angeles to San Jose. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

The distance between Los Angeles and San Jose is approximately 305 miles, or 492 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 45 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 7 hours and 31 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Los Angeles to San Jose on Monday. Tickets for Monday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs Los Angeles at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 14 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to San Jose. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Los Angeles.

City Information

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

San Jose

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San Jose, CA - SJC-1

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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 is the train station in Los Angeles?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

All train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • 592 Gayley Ave

Where is the train station 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 train stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

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