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Four miles northwest of downtown between Hwy 101 and I-880, Mineta San Jose International Airport has free wi-fi and mostly domestic US flights from two terminals.


To access the BART system in the East Bay, VTA bus 181 runs between downtown San Jose and the Fremont BART station ($5.75, 35 to 45 minutes, every 15 to 20 minutes). Construction is underway for a downtown San Jose station but it's not expected to be completed until 2026.


Greyhound buses to Los Angeles ($21 to $35, 6½ to 10½ hours) leave from San Jose's Diridon Station. Discount carrier Megabus offers daily service between San Jose and Burbank, Los Angeles or Anaheim ($8 to $40, six to seven hours), with departures outside Diridon Station.

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Hwy 17 Express bus plies a handy route between Diridon Station and Santa Cruz ($15, 55 minutes, hourly).

Car & Motorcycle

San Jose is at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, about 40 miles from Oakland (via I-880) or 50 miles from San Francisco (via Hwy 101 or I-280). Expect lots of traffic at all times of day on Hwy 101 from San Francisco; although I-280 is slightly longer, it’s much prettier and usually less congested. Heading south, Hwy 17 leads over the mountains to Santa Cruz.


A double-decker commuter rail service operating up and down the Peninsula, Caltrain runs between San Jose and San Francisco ($10.50, 65 to 85 minutes). Trains run hourly on weekends and more frequently on weekdays. Bicycles may be brought on designated cars only. San Jose’s terminal, Diridon Station, is just south of the Alameda.

Diridon Station also is the terminal for Amtrak trains serving Seattle, Los Angeles and Sacramento, and also for Altamont Commuter Express trains, which run to Great America, Livermore and Stockton.

VTA runs a free weekday shuttle (known as the Downtown Area Shuttle or DASH) from Diridon Station to downtown San Jose.