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Trains from San Jose to Berkeley

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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from San Jose to Berkeley. Traveling by train from San Jose to Berkeley usually takes around one hour and 43 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Corridor train can make the trip in one hour and 15 minutes.

Distance42 mi (68 km)
Fastest train1h 15m
Lowest price$19.00
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines2

Price trends for trains from San Jose to Berkeley

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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Which train should you take from San Jose to Berkeley?

2 train services operate from San Jose, California to Berkeley, California. Amtrak Capitol Corridor usually has more trains scheduled, with 7 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak23h 3m$19.00
Amtrak Capitol Corridor71h 21m$19.00
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    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 2 Amtrak trains from San Jose to Berkeley every day, as well as 2 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $19.

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  • Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Amtrak Capitol Corridor

    Amtrak Capitol Corridor train tickets from San Jose to Berkeley start from $19, and on average cost . Daily there are 7 Amtrak Capitol Corridor schedules to Berkeley. Amtrak Capitol Corridor in San Jose leaves from Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St . And in Berkeley trains arrive at 700 University Ave under University Ave overpass W of 4th St .

    From San Jose to Berkeley train travel on Amtrak Capitol Corridor takes 1 hours and 21 minutes. If you are looking to get to Berkeley faster, Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 1 hours and 15 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Berkeley.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to Berkeley 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.

Can you take a train all the way from San Jose to Berkeley?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Jose to Berkeley. 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.

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

The distance between San Jose and Berkeley is approximately 42 miles, or 68 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 43 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 15 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 departing from San Jose to Berkeley tend to have the most passangers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs San Jose at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. 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 San Jose to Berkeley?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Berkeley. 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 Berkeley to San Jose.

City Information

San Jose

San Jose, CA - SJC-0

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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 San Jose?

Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St - SJCDCS-0

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Departure stations

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

Where is the train station in Berkeley?

Arrival stations

Berkeley has one train station.

All train stations in Berkeley:

  • 700 University Ave under University Ave overpass W of 4th St

Need a return trip from Berkeley to San Jose?

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