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San Jose to Reno drive in 1 day

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



San Jose to Reno road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Jose to Reno. If you're planning a road trip to Reno, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in San Jose
drive for about 41 minutes

9:41 am  Livermore
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:41 am
drive for about 44 minutes

11:25 am  Berkeley
eat at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:25 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

1:07 pm  Jelly Belly Factory
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:07 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

3:06 pm  Sacramento
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:06 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:18 pm  Nevada City
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:18 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

7:11 pm  Boreal Mountain Resort
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:11 pm
drive for about 48 minutes

8:59 pm  arrive in Reno
stay at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

driving ≈ 6 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Jose, 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?

Livermore  (10 answers)
    Hacienda Crossings  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Livermore:
        Concannon Vineyard
    hotels around Livermore:
        Hyatt Place Dublin/Pleasanton
Berkeley  (35 answers)
    Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
    Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
    San Francisco Chinatown  (62 mentions)
    Ferry Building  (55 mentions)
    Pier 39  (30 mentions)
    restaurants around Berkeley:
        Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
        Kokkari Estiatorio
        Slanted Door
        R & G Lounge
        Waterbar
    hotels around Berkeley:
        Hotel Vitale
        Palace Hotel
        Omni Hotel San Francisco
        Le Méridien San Francisco
    questions about Berkeley:
        Five February days in Berkeley, what is there to do?
        Nicer restaurants around UC Berkeley
        What is your favorite restaurant in Berkeley?
Jelly Belly Factory  (3 mentions)
Sacramento  (37 answers)
    California State Railroad Museum  (6 mentions)
    California State Capitol Museum  (3 mentions)
    58 Degrees & Holding Co.  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Sacramento:
        Ella Dining Room & Bar
        Rick's Dessert Diner
        Delta King Hotel
        The Rind
        Mulvaney's B&L
    questions about Sacramento:
        Things to do and see in Sacramento
        Hidden gems in Sacramento?
        Me want food in Sacramento!
        Places to see in Gold Rush Country enroute from Sacramento
        What is your favorite restaurant in Sacramento?
Nevada City  (3 answers)
Boreal Mountain Resort  (2 mentions)




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Reno, Nevada.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Reno?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Reno.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Reno? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in Reno?

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:

Truckee River  (2 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 Reno. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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

 Angie Sanchez from San Antonio asked:
Dog-friendly hotels in Reno?  (1 answer)

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






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 Reno to San Jose 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 Jose to Reno. Or get a full San Jose to Reno 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 Jose well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Jose!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 248 miles
driving time of 4 hours, 13 minutes
37 San Jose travel answers
10 Livermore travel answers
35 Berkeley travel answers
37 Sacramento travel answers
3 Nevada City travel answers
31 Reno travel answers





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