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There are 4 ways to get from Gilroy to Santa Cruz by train, bus, taxi or car

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Caltrain, bus  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Gilroy Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Limited / ...
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$10 - $14

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Monterey & 5Th to San Jose Caltrain Station 68
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$5 - $10

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  48 min

  1. Take a taxi from Gilroy to Santa Cruz 36 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  48 min

  1. Drive from Gilroy to Santa Cruz 36 miles

$3 - $6

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The cheapest way to get from Gilroy to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $3 - $6 and takes 48 min.

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The quickest way to get from Gilroy to Santa Cruz is to taxi which costs $120 - $150 and takes 48 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Gilroy to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Monterey & 5Th and arriving at Water & Ocean via Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 13 min.

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The distance between Gilroy and Santa Cruz is 26 miles. The road distance is 36 miles.

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The best way to get from Gilroy to Santa Cruz without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 2 h 17 min and costs $10 - $14.

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It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to get from Gilroy to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Gilroy to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from Monterey & 5Th station.

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Gilroy to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Cruz Metro, arrive at Water & Ocean station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Gilroy to Santa Cruz is 36 miles. It takes approximately 48 min to drive from Gilroy to Santa Cruz.

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There are 110+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Gilroy to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 25.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 17 min

What companies run services between Gilroy, CA, USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Gilroy to Santa Cruz via San Jose Caltrain Station and Diridon Station in around 3 h 13 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Gilroy Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Monterey & 5Th to San Jose Caltrain Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Taxi from Gilroy to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
48 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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