San Jose to Benicia Travel Information

Cheapest Way Bus — $17
Fastest Way Train — 1h 7min
Eco-Friendly Way Bus — 10 lb CO2
Available Modes 3 modes — train, bus and by car
Distance 51 miles
Travel Companies Amtrak
$24 · 1h 7min · 13 lb of CO2
+3 more options
$20 · 2h 4min · 12 lb of CO2
San Jose to Vallejo
+4 more options
$7 · 1h 16min · 15 lb of CO2
San Jose to Benicia

Drive from San Jose to Benicia

It's 52 miles between San Jose to Benicia. On a typical day, it might take between 1h 16min and 1h 20min from San Jose to Benicia under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 1h 24min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to Benicia 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 $6.

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

The are 8 different ways across 3 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from San Jose to Benicia. The fastest way out of San Jose towards Berkeley is by bus, as it is the quickest to the Benicia area. This doesn't necessarily take into consideration traffic or weather - so these may impact some of your decision making. It's common to find tickets for as low as $17. Amtrak operates from San Jose to Benicia, so you book your trip with them! Book as soon as you can, as there may be limited availability.

When to book trip from San Jose to Benicia?

The trip to Benicia is an excellent trip for the day or a nice trip for the weekend from San Jose. The cheapest way to get from San Jose to Benicia is $17 and the quickest way takes just 1 hour 43 minutes with the bus. The earlier you can book your trip to Benicia, the better.

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

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from San Jose to Benicia. 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 Benicia is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the San Jose/Benicia buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from San Jose 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 San Jose CA and Benicia 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 San Jose to Benicia? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of Benicia 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 Benicia 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 San Jose to Benicia?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from San Jose to Benicia is by bus. The bus costs $17 roughly and will take 1 hour 43 minutes.

How much does Amtrak cost from San Jose to Benicia?

Amtrak costs about $29 between San Jose and Benicia. In total, the train will take roughly 1 hour 7 minutes and there are no connections that you will have to make. We recommend catching the train at SJC San Jose Diridon Station, which is 1 miles from San Jose. Further, once you arrive at MTZ Martinez Amtrak or you will still have 3 miles to Benicia.

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

The total distance between San Jose and Benicia is 52 miles and will take you about 1 hour 16 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $7.

Travel companies on this route

Amtrak Amtrak from San Jose to Benicia
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