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San Francisco to San Jose drive

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  San Francisco
 The Peninsula
 Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve
 Buck's of Woodside
 Los Altos
 Santana Row
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to San Jose road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to San Jose. If you're planning a road trip to San Jose, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and San Jose. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Francisco and San Jose. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 15 minutes

10:15 am  The Peninsula
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:15 am
drive for about 16 minutes

11:31 am  Melt
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:31 pm
drive for about 16 minutes

12:47 pm  Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:47 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

1:54 pm  Buck's of Woodside
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:54 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

3:10 pm  Los Altos
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:10 pm
drive for about 21 minutes

4:31 pm  Santana Row
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:31 pm
drive for about 9 minutes

5:40 pm  arrive in San Jose

driving ≈ 1.5 hours

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San Francisco to San Jose questions

profile  Raghavendra asked:
Top things to see in San Francisco & San Jose?  (6 answers)

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Francisco, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

The Peninsula


Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve  (2 mentions)

Buck's of Woodside

Los Altos
    Googleplex  (5 mentions)
    Stanford University  (4 mentions)
    Facebook Inc.  (3 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    Portola Redwoods State Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Altos:
        Evvia Estiatorio
        Pizzeria Delfina
        Fu Lam Mum

Santana Row  (3 mentions)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Jose, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in San Jose?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
Santana Row  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Jose. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Sunil from Mountain View asked:
Best missions to see & other good activities for kids  (4 answers)

profile  Meradith from Scottsdale asked:
Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose  (4 answers)

profile  Susie from asked:
Hotels with airport parking in San Jose  (4 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?  (2 answers)

profile  Drew from Ojai asked:
Free things to do in San Jose?  (1 answer)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Jose.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Jose to San Francisco drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Francisco to San Jose. Or get a full San Francisco to San Jose flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Francisco well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Francisco!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 48 miles
driving time of 50 minutes
606 San Francisco travel answers
38 San Jose travel answers

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