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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Oakland to San Jose?

Lowest price$16.00
Fastest train1h 4m
Trains per day6
Train lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Oakland to San Jose during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

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

In the last month, $16.58 was the average price of a train ticket from Oakland, CA to San Jose, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 14 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.24 more than that for a same-day booking.

How long is the train journey from Oakland to San Jose?

The distance between Oakland and San Jose is approximately 38 miles, or 62 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 13 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 4 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Oakland to San Jose are the most crowded on Thursday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Oakland at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Oakland to San Jose?

There are 6 scheduled trains on most days. 12 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 Oakland. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Oakland to San Jose for $11.00.

Which train should you take from Oakland to San Jose?

2 train services operate from Oakland, California to San Jose, California. Amtrak Capitol Corridor usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Capitol Corridor51h 14m$16.63
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 6m$16.77

Amtrak Capitol Corridor train tickets from Oakland to San Jose start from $16, and on average cost $17. Daily there are 5 Amtrak Capitol Corridor schedules to San Jose. Amtrak Capitol Corridor in Oakland leaves from 245 Second St and one other station. And in San Jose trains arrive at Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St, From Oakland to San Jose train travel on Amtrak Capitol Corridor takes 1 hours and 14 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Jose faster, Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 4 minutes. If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $17 for a one-way train ticket to San Jose.

Amtrak Coast Starlight train tickets from Oakland to San Jose start from $16, and on average cost $17. Daily there are 1 Amtrak Coast Starlight schedules to San Jose. Amtrak Coast Starlight in Oakland leaves from 245 Second St, And in San Jose trains arrive at Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St, From Oakland to San Jose train travel on Amtrak Coast Starlight takes 1 hours and 6 minutes. If you are looking to get to San Jose faster, Amtrak Coast Starlight offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 4 minutes. If you are looking to travel to San Jose on a weekend there is typically one Amtrak Coast Starlight scheduled trip per day, which will cost $17 for a one-way weekend reservation from Oakland.

Price trends for trains from Oakland to San Jose

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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