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San Jose to San Francisco drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day



San Jose to San Francisco road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Jose to San Francisco. If you're planning a road trip to San Francisco, 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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10:00 am  start in San Jose
drive for about 9 minutes

10:09 am  Santana Row
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:09 am
drive for about 21 minutes

11:31 am  Los Altos
eat at Evvia Estiatorio
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:31 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

12:46 pm  Buck's of Woodside
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:46 pm
drive for about 22 minutes

2:08 pm  Melt
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

3:23 pm  South San Francisco
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:23 pm
drive for about 6 minutes

4:29 pm  Colma
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:29 pm
drive for about 13 minutes

5:42 pm  arrive in San Francisco
eat at Ike's Place
stay at Top of the Mark

driving ≈ 1.5 hours


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San Jose to San Francisco questions

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




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?

Santana Row  (3 mentions)
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
        Pampas
        Pizzeria Delfina
        Fu Lam Mum
Buck's of Woodside
Melt
South San Francisco  (6 answers)
    Dolores Park  (51 mentions)
    Twin Peaks  (46 mentions)
    De Young Museum  (33 mentions)
    Japanese Tea Garden  (25 mentions)
    California Academy of Sciences  (23 mentions)
    restaurants around South San Francisco:
        Ike's Place
        Tartine bakery
        Bi-Rite Creamery
        Nopa
        Foreign Cinema
Colma  (2 answers)
    Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
    Union Square  (79 mentions)
    Dolores Park  (51 mentions)
    Twin Peaks  (46 mentions)
    Lands End  (45 mentions)
    restaurants around Colma:
        Ike's Place
        Swan Oyster Depot
        Tartine bakery
        Bi-Rite Creamery
        B. Patisserie
    hotels around Colma:
        Top of the Mark
        The Fairmont San Francisco
        San Francisco Marriott Marquis
        Palace Hotel
        Intercontinental Mark Hopkins




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Francisco, California.

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




Where's the best place to stay in San Francisco?

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 San Francisco.

You can also see most people recommend as the best amount of time to visit. Find out how many days in San Francisco to stay.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Top of the Mark, which was mentioned 13 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Vitale  (8 mentions)
Cavallo Point  (4 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in San Francisco?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Ike's Place, which was mentioned 23 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Swan Oyster Depot  (22 mentions)
Kokkari Estiatorio  (21 mentions)
Tartine bakery  (20 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Francisco? Click the blue button below.






What are some things to do in San Francisco?

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:

Golden Gate Bridge  (130 mentions)
Golden Gate Park  (112 mentions)
Alcatraz  (85 mentions)
Fisherman's Wharf  (82 mentions)
Union Square  (79 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 Francisco. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Jessica Franco from asked:
Best seafood restaurant in S.F.?  (29 answers)

 Dina Romanov from Dallas asked:
What are the top 5 can't miss tourist attractions in S.F.?  (20 answers)

 Julie Griffin from Atlanta asked:
Best activities for kids  (19 answers)

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?  (19 answers)

 harmony hunt from Marina Del Rey asked:
Any restaurant recommendations greatly appreciated for a girls trip  (17 answers)

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






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 Francisco 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 San Francisco. Or get a full San Jose to San Francisco 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 48 miles
driving time of 54 minutes
38 San Jose travel answers
6 South San Francisco travel answers
2 Colma travel answers
604 San Francisco travel answers





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