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How to get from Oakland International Airport to San Jose

Nestled between the rolling hills of Silicon Valley, you will find the exciting city of San Jose. As San Jose is the technology hub of California, you will find many modern attractions to explore, such as the Tech Museum of Innovation and the fascinating Tech Interactive. 

When it comes to travelling from Oakland International Airport to San Jose, you have two options; taxi or train. Taking an Oakland airport taxi will cost you around $100 (€102) and will take approximately 1 hour to reach San Jose. The BART train will also take around an hour, and tickets cost just $12.70 (€13).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €102 60min 24/7
Train €26 60min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Oakland Airport to San Jose by Taxi

A quick and easy way to get from San Jose to Oakland airport and vice versa is to take a taxi. The journey time in an airport taxi is just 60 minutes and the cost will be around $100 (€102).

Cost of a taxi from Oakland International Airport to San Jose

The local drivers at the airport use an officially calibrated taximeter to calculate the cost of your ride. The average cost of a taxi from Oakland International Airport to San Jose will be $100 (€102), but this is subject to change.

If you’d prefer to take an Oakland airport transfer with a set rate, we recommend booking your taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

$100 (€102)

Trip Duration

1 Hr.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are readily available outside of Oakland Aiport 24/7.

Where do I find a taxi at Oakland Airport?

Taxis are located at the designated ranks outside of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Oakland airport.

Convenience

If you’re looking for a way to get from Oakland airport to San Jose without having to navigate the public transport networks or carry your heavy luggage through different train stations, this is the best option. You can make your way directly to the door of your hotel in San Jose in just 1 hour.

Editor’s Note

Standard Oakland airport taxis can take up to 4 passengers, so you can split the cost of your fare and save.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before you leave the airport.
Luggage can be transported for free.
Tipping your driver around 10-20% of your total fare is customary.

How to get from Oakland Airport to San Jose by Train

The BART train runs from Oakland International Airport to San Jose 7 days a week. However, this service isn’t direct. You will first need to take the BART train from Oakland airport to Coliseum Station, then transfer to the Green N or Orange S train towards Berryessa, to reach San Jose. The total journey time will be around 1 hour and the cost of this journey will be $12.70 (€13).

How much is the train from Oakland International Airport to San Jose?

The cost of the BART train from Oakland International Airport to San Jose is $12.70 (€13). You will need to either purchase or download a Clipper Card and top it up to at least this amount to ride the train. 

Cost

$12.70 (€13)

Trip Duration

1 Hr.

*There's a waiting time of 12 minutes for the BART train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The BART train runs from 05:00 to 24:00 during the week, from 06:00 to 24:00 on Saturdays and 08:00 to 24:00 on Sundays.

Where do I find the train at Oakland Airport?

The BART train leaves from a station located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Oakland airport. You need to walk 3-5 minutes from either station to get there.

Convenience

If you’re travelling on a tight budget, taking the BART train from Oakland airport to San Jose could be a good option. However, it’s worth noting that you will need to make train changes, which can be complicated if you’re travelling with large luggage items. Plus, once you reach San Jose, you will still need to find alternate transport to get to your hotel.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

The BART train stops outside the city centre of San Jose. If your hotel is located downtown, you will need to take the Rapid 50 bus into the heart of San Jose, which adds 30 minutes to your journey.

Useful Tips

For your convenience, download the Clipper card to your phone before arriving at Oakland Airport.
The journey from Oakland Airport to Coliseum Station is free.
There's no luggage storage onboard the train, be sure to travel light.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Oakland airport from San Jose?

The distance from San Jose to Oakland airport is 56 km. Travelling in an Oakland airport taxi will take around an hour, as will taking the BART train between the two.

How to get from Oakland International Airport to San Jose?

There are two ways to get from Oakland International Airport to San Jose, taxi or train. An Oakland airport taxi will cost approximately $100 (€102) and the BART train will cost $12.70 (€13). Both modes of transport will take 60 minutes to reach San Jose.

What’s the cost of a shuttle from Oakland airport to San Jose?

The local taxi shuttles from Oakland airport to San Jose will cost around $100 (€102), based on a taximeter. If you’d prefer the peace of mind that comes with a set rate fare, we recommend booking your Oakland airport transfer with Welcome Pickups in advance.

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