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SLU fan travel costs for trip to San Jose

12:12 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
Mar 16, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Saint Louis Billikens guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) is fouled while attempting a shot against the Butler Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament at the Barclays Center. Saint Louis Billikens won 67-56. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Can you put a pricetag on experiencing your favorite college hoops team competing in March Madness? 

The Saint Louis University Billikens basketball team travels to San Jose for their NCAA Men's Tournament opening game against the New Mexico State Aggies.

Getting tickets is only one part of the equation.  Finding a place to stay (or keep your stuff) is critical.  But travel costs--especially when making plans on short notice--can be pricey.

NewsChannel 5 did a quick check of travel options to and from San Jose and have broken things down for comparitive purposes.  As always: prices may vary.

See where SLU, Mizzou and Illinois are seeded

1. Air-Southwest Airlines...........................$1,001.60
Itinerary - Depart from St. Louis Thursday morning at 6:20 a.m. and arrive in San Jose at 10:45 a.m. Depart from San Jose at 4:35 p.m. and arrive home in St. Louis at 12:05 a.m.

2. Air-Priceline.com..................................$835.50
Itinerary - Depart from St. Louis Wednesday 3/20 at 7:40 a.m. and arrive in San Jose at 10:20 a.m. Return to St. Louis on Friday 3/2; leave San Jose at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in St. Louis at 6:15 p.m.

3. Bus-Greyhound....................................$458.00
Itinerary - Must leave 3/19 to arrive in time for the game Thursday. Bus leaves St. Louis Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. and will arrive in San Jose Thursday morning at 6:10 a.m.

4. Train-Amtrak........................................$712.00
Itinerary - Leave Wednesday morning 3/20 at 6:40 a.m. and arrive in San Jose at 12:20 p.m. Come back Friday after game day 3/22-leave at 7:35 a.m. and will not arrive home until Sunday 3/24 at 1:55 p.m. (Many returning train rides on Friday from San Jose to St. Louis are already sold out-not sure if this is due to the game)

5. Driving................................................$551.84
Itinerary - 2012 Toyota Camry: 28 mpg: AVG Fuel: $3.71--$275.92 both ways.

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