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San Jose - Monterey Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from San Jose to Monterey. Traveling by train from San Jose to Monterey usually takes around 2 hours and 37 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 29 minutes.

Distance51 mi (82 km)
Fastest train2h 29m
Lowest price$25.00
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from San Jose, CA to Monterey, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

John

June 16, 2019- Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Very restful. Easy to move around. Good viewing from the lounge car. Cons: The check in process and seat assigning seemed cumbersome and slow. Tips: Arrive early if you want a pair of seats together.

Pros: Very restful. Easy to move around. Good viewing from the lounge car. Cons: The check in process and seat assigning seemed cumbersome and slow. Tips: Arrive early if you want a pair of seats together.

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

In the last month, $25.00 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Monterey, 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 10 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $11.73 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from San Jose to Monterey will vary between $25 and $44. Planning a train trip to Monterey within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from San Jose over the next 7 days is $25. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Jose to Monterey by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around $25 whenever you decide to board the train to Monterey.

Which train should you take from San Jose to Monterey?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Jose, California to Monterey, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 38m$29.78
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from San Jose to Monterey every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $25.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to Monterey 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 Monterey?

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Jose to Monterey, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

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

The distance between San Jose and Monterey is approximately 51 miles, or 82 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 37 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 29 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains departing from San Jose to Monterey tend to have the most passangers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. 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 Tuesday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves San Jose at 10:00am and arrives in Monterey around 2 hours later.

Is there a direct train from San Jose to Monterey?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Monterey to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to Monterey for $9.99.

City Information

San Jose

San Jose, CA - SJC-0

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San Jose, CA - SJC-1

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San Jose, CA - SJC-2

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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 Monterey?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Monterey than most cities. Most trains from San Jose will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Monterey:

All train stations in Monterey:

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Marriott Hotel - 350 Calle Principal

  • 500 Tyler St

  • 351 Fremont St

Need a return trip from Monterey to San Jose?

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