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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from San Jose to San Francisco?

Lowest Price$22.50
Fastest Train1h 42m
Trains Per Day2
Train Lines1

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to San Francisco right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

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

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Jose to San Francisco, 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.

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

In the last month, $23.70 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, 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 5 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $0.80 more than that for a same-day booking.

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

The distance between San Jose and San Francisco is approximately 42 miles, or 68 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 2 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 42 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 San Francisco 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 San Jose at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. 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 San Francisco?

Trains leave the station in San Jose twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. 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 change 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 San Francisco to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to San Francisco for $6.00.

Which train should you take from San Jose to San Francisco?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Jose, California to San Francisco, California. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22h 2m$24.13

Where is the train station in San Jose?

There is one train station in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where is the train station in San Francisco?

San Francisco has one train station:

  • 425 Mission St

Price trends for trains from San Jose to San Francisco

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10SepOct

Monthly average prices

$25$20$15$10$5NDJFMAMJJASO

Prices as travel date approaches

$25$20$15$10$53020100

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