San Jose (California)
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Your best option getting in or out to San Francisco or Oakland is BART. Not that cheap, but hitch hiking is difficult within the city.
It's a big urban sprawl, but it's still possible to hitch out from some on-ramps. If you have a choice, try to get further from the center.
Route 17 towards Santa Cruz
The Highway 17 Express is a bus line that runs daily from Diridon Station in downtown San Jose to Scott's Valley and Santa Cruz and back. It is $5.00.
The main entrance/exit in Los Gatos worked pretty well for