OAK to San Jose Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $8
Fastest Way Train — 42min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 5 lb CO2
Available Modes 5 modes — bus, train, by car, rideshare and shuttle
Distance 32 miles
Travel Companies Greyhound, Amtrak, Lyft, Uber
$8 · 45min · 7 lb of CO2
Oakland to San Jose
+4 more options
$26 · 42min · 9 lb of CO2
+1 more option
$4 · 47min · 9 lb of CO2
OAK to San Jose

Drive from OAK airport

It's 32 miles between OAK to San Jose. On a typical day, it might take between 47min and 50min from OAK to San Jose under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 52min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to San Jose by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $4.

$32 · 1h 3min · 11 lb of CO2
OAK to San Jose

OAK airport rideshare

Rideshare is available at OAK Metropolitan Oakland Intl. Lyft and Uber will pick you up at OAK and take you all the way to San Jose. There are multiple options available. Unlike a shuttle at OAK, these rideshares generally have a lower price per traveler and some airports have additional airport fees.
$63 · 1h 3min · 11 lb of CO2
OAK to San Jose

What is the best way to travel from OAK to San Jose?

The are 9 different ways across 5 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from OAK to San Jose. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the bus out of Hayward towards San Jose, as it is the cheapest to San Jose. It's common to find tickets for as low as $8. Greyhound operates from OAK to San Jose, so you book your trip with them! Rideshares are always on demand but are subject to surge pricing. Book when you need them!

When to book trip from OAK to San Jose?

The trip to San Jose is an excellent trip for the day or a nice trip for the weekend from OAK. The cheapest way to get from OAK to San Jose is $8 and the quickest way takes just 45 minutes with the bus. Heading to San Jose? Short trips to the airport do not usually require advance booking. Rideshares are generally ready for pickup when you are. If you need additionally transportation options, then you'll need at least 72 hours at the shortest to book other types of short airport connections, including shuttles, private vans, limousines, or private transfers to San Jose. You're in luck because Lyft or Uber are available at OAK. They are usually available on demand and should be available within 15 minutes of ordering. Our advice is once you pickup your bags, order your rideshare then. While you walk to the pickup point at OAK, Metropolitan Oakland Intl, Oakland, United States, your rideshare will be meeting you there, bumping you up in the queue. If you're arriving at peak rideshare hours (during commute hours or weekend evenings), you may experience surge pricing.

Is the train or the bus better from OAK to San Jose CA?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from OAK to San Jose. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to San Jose is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the OAK/San Jose buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from OAK is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between OAK and San Jose during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!

The plus side of taking the train from OAK to San Jose? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of San Jose traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to San Jose is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.

What's the cheapest way from OAK to San Jose?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from OAK to San Jose is by bus. The bus costs $8 roughly and will take 45 minutes.

How much is Lyft or Uber from OAK Oakland to San Jose?

Lyft or Uber operate out of OAK Oakland. The airport is working directly with Lyft or Uber to manage the pickup process at OAK. Once picked up or the trip should take 1h 3min and will cost roughly $32.

How much does Amtrak cost from OAK to San Jose?

Amtrak costs about $26 between OAK and San Jose. In total, the train will take roughly 46 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at OKJ Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is 6 miles from OAK. Further, once you arrive at SJC San Jose Diridon Station or you will still have 1 miles to San Jose.

How long does it take from OAK to San Jose by car?

The total distance between OAK and San Jose is 32 miles and will take you about 47 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $4.

Travel companies on this route

Greyhound Greyhound from OAK to San Jose
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Customer Service Español1-800-531-5332
Amtrak Amtrak from OAK to San Jose
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Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477