SFO to San Jose Travel Information

Cheapest Way Train — $2
Fastest Way Rideshare — 1h 5min
Eco-Friendly Way Train — 5 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — train, rideshare, shuttle and by car
Distance 33 miles
Travel Companies TransitAmerica Services, Lyft, Uber
Train
$2 · 1h 12min · 5 lb of CO2
Millbrae to San Jose Diridon Station
+4 more options

Public Transit from SFO airport

It's very common to take public transportation from SFO to San Jose. 4 public transportation providers, including TransitAmerica Services, can help take you to your destination.

Starting at SFO, you can hop on at Millbrae, Broadway and ride all the way to San Jose Diridon Station, College Park, Tamien (Caltrain).

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Rideshare
$32 · 1h 5min · 12 lb of CO2
SFO to San Jose

SFO airport rideshare

Rideshare is available at SFO San Francisco Intl. Lyft and Uber will pick you up at SFO and take you all the way to San Jose. There are multiple options available. Unlike a shuttle at SFO, these rideshares generally have a lower price per traveler and some airports have additional airport fees.
Shuttle
$65 · 1h 5min · 12 lb of CO2
SFO to San Jose
Drive
$4 · 48min · 10 lb of CO2
SFO to San Jose

Drive from SFO airport

It's 33 miles between SFO to San Jose. On a typical day, it might take between 48min and 51min from SFO to San Jose under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 53min 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.

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

The are 7 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from SFO to San Jose. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the train out of Millbrae towards San Jose Diridon Station, as it is the cheapest to San Jose. It's common to find tickets for as low as $2. TransitAmerica Services operates from SFO 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 SFO to San Jose?

The trip to San Jose is an excellent trip for the day or a nice trip for the weekend from SFO. The cheapest way to get from SFO to San Jose is $2 and the quickest way takes just 1 hour 12 minutes with the train. 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 SFO. 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 SFO, San Francisco Intl, San Francisco, 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.

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

The absolute cheapest way to travel from SFO to San Jose is by train. The train costs $2 roughly and will take 1 hour 12 minutes.

How much is Lyft or Uber from SFO San Francisco to San Jose?

Lyft or Uber operate out of SFO San Francisco. The airport is working directly with Lyft or Uber to manage the pickup process at SFO. Once picked up or the trip should take 1h 5min and will cost roughly $32.

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

The total distance between SFO and San Jose is 33 miles and will take you about 48 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

Train
TransitAmerica Services TransitAmerica Services from SFO to San Jose
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Rideshare
Lyft
Rideshare
Uber