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San Jose - Salinas Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from San Jose to Salinas. Traveling by train from San Jose to Salinas usually takes around one hour and 30 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in one hour and 20 minutes.

Distance47 mi (76 km)
Fastest train1h 20m
Lowest price$14.00
Trains per day2
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Coast Starlight
Train lines2

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

In the last month, $14.00 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Salinas, 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 $8.46 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from San Jose to Salinas by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $15 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from San Jose to Salinas in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $23 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 10 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Salinas from San Jose will be about $8.46 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from San Jose to Salinas?

2 train services operate from San Jose, California to Salinas, California. However, each train line only offers one daily trip.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11h 21m$20.10
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 42m$15.25
  • 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 Salinas every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $14.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, there are some trains that travel the entire distance from San Jose to Salinas. However, in some cases you will have to take a bus for part of your journey in addition to taking the train.

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

The distance between San Jose and Salinas is approximately 47 miles, or 76 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 20 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 San Jose to Salinas are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Monday 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 San Jose at 10:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 2:00pm. 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 Salinas?

Trains leave the station in San Jose twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. Luckily, both trains will get you to Salinas with direct service. While there might still be stops along the way, you will not need to get off or switch trains.

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

City Information

San Jose

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?

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.

Where is the train station in Salinas?

Arrival stations

Salinas has one train station.

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