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Seattle - San Jose Train Schedule

Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Seattle to San Jose. Traveling by train from Seattle to San Jose usually takes around 24 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Coast Starlight train can make the trip in 24 hours and 10 minutes.

Distance710 mi (1142 km)
Fastest train24h 10m
Lowest price$91.00
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Coast Starlight
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Seattle, WA to San Jose, CA

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

Stephanie

December 30, 2019 - Visiting family

Amtrak Coast Starlight

Pros: The train was comfortable, the route was beautiful, the staff was helpful, the food was better than we expected, and the entire experience was pretty relaxing. We got to talk to other people in the observation car and the dining car and met really fascinating fo...

Pros: The train was comfortable, the route was beautiful, the staff was helpful, the food was better than we expected, and the entire experience was pretty relaxing. We got to talk to other people in the observation car and the dining car and met really fascinating folks as a result, and there was none of the stress that's intrinsic to flying. Having meals included made the price of the tickets so much easier to manage, and really added to the experience. It was extremely fun. We're definitely going to do this again on other routes whenever possible and plan to treat our train time as part of the vacation. Cons: I wish that the staff had been more communicative about the length of our delay and our updated station arrival times. WiFi would be great on the Coastal Starlight-- we already paid to sleep and eat, we definitely would have paid another $10-20 to be able to google the birds we saw and such. Not having it was also fine, though, because it forced the experience into the world a bit more, but it definitely created inconveniences. Tips: Don't make plans for immediately after you arrive at your destination under the assumption you'll be on time. Enjoy the ride; you're going to get there safely and comfortably.

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

In the last month, $93.30 was the average price of a train ticket from Seattle, WA to San Jose, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 26 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $75.41 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Seattle to San Jose will vary between $91 and $160. Planning a train trip to San Jose within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Seattle over the next 7 days is $97. 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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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Seattle to San Jose by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $95 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Seattle to San Jose in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $116 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 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to San Jose from Seattle will be about $75.41 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Seattle to San Jose?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak11d 1h 50m$109.12
Amtrak Coast Starlight11d 0h 10m$106.35
  • 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 Seattle to San Jose every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $91.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Seattle 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.

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

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

The distance between Seattle and San Jose is approximately 710 miles, or 1142 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 24 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 24 hours and 10 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Seattle to San Jose are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Wednesday 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 Seattle at 9:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00am. 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 Seattle to San Jose?

Trains leave the station in Seattle twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. One of these is a direct train, which will typically get you to San Jose faster. While it might still have stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Seattle. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Seattle to San Jose for $142.00.

City Information

Seattle

Seattle is a must-see destination on the West Coast of the United States, offering many unique activities for any type of traveler. However, we're confident every visitor will enjoy the view of Mount Rainier from the top of Seattle's iconic Space Needle. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike, hike, boat, and ski in one of the top cities for outdoor activities in the U.S., while soaking in the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty (and yes, some rain as well). Urban explorers will love walking through Pike Place Market and experiencing Seattle's museums and public art, like the scenic Olympic Sculpture Park.

Known for its coffee culture and as the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is also one of the top 5 craft beer cities in the U.S., which is ideal for those who prefer to experience the taste of a city served up in a latte mug or a pint glass.

Seattle is home to the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, but there are plenty of other ways to continue your travels from the Emerald City. A short ferry ride to Bainbridge Island includes the chance to see orca whales in the Puget Sound, or you can catch the Amtrak Cascades train or one of several affordable bus options from the historic King Street Station to other exciting Northwest cities in British Columbia, Oregon and beyond.

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 Seattle?

Departure stations

King Street Station is the main station for Amtrak train service and Greyhound bus service in Seattle, with connections to local public transit like the Link Light Rail and King County Metro at the International District/Chinatown station one block away. Located near downtown Seattle in the trendy Pioneer Square neighborhood, King Street Station opened in 1906 and continues to impress travelers with its restored Italian architecture and Venetian-style clocktower. King Street Station has on-site Amtrak staff, restrooms, and vending machines, and while there are no restaurants in the station, several nearby coffee shops and eateries make it easy to fuel up before your trip.

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Arrival stations

San Jose has one train station.

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