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There are 11 ways to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly Santa Ana to San Jose, shuttle  •  4h 37m

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Jose (SJC) SNA - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$119 - $304

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Train, bus Megabus  •  10h 40m

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Take the bus from Burbank Station to San Jose, CA
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$42 - $63

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Fly Santa Ana to San Francisco, shuttle  •  5h 36m

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz

$147 - $339

Fly Santa Ana to Oakland, train, bus  •  6h 32m

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  2. Take the train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean

$130 - $661

Train to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6h 41m

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$130 - $311

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6h 55m

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$125 - $378

Line 1 bus to Long Beach, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7h 39m

  1. Take the line 1 bus from Newport Trans Ctr Dock 5 to 7Th-Channel
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$110 - $328

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7h 38m

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to San Bernardino Depot station
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Jose (SJC) ONT - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$160 - $446

Bus  •  12h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Anaheim, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6742 / ...

$51 - $128

Train Amtrak, bus  •  13h 40m

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$76 - $196

Drive  •  6h 38m

  1. Drive from Irvine to Santa Cruz 389.1 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz is to train and bus which costs $40 - $65 and takes 10h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz is to fly and shuttle which costs $110 - $310 and takes 4h 37m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Irvine to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Main-Culver and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Anaheim, Ca and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 57m.

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The distance between Irvine and Santa Cruz is 331 miles. The road distance is 389.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz without a car is to train and bus which takes 10h 40m and costs $40 - $65.

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It takes approximately 4h 37m to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Irvine to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Anaheim, Ca station.

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The quickest flight from Santa Ana Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Irvine to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Cruz, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Irvine to Santa Cruz is 389 miles. It takes approximately 6h 38m to drive from Irvine to Santa Cruz.

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Map of how to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 331.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 37m

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

You can take a bus from Irvine to Santa Cruz via Artic - Dock 1, Anaheim, Ca, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 12h 57m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $330
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to San Bernardino Depot station
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Newport Trans Ctr Dock 5 to 7Th-Channel
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Anaheim, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Santa Ana Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 112+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $73 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Irvine to Santa Ana Airport is to line 401 bus which takes 7m and costs $2 - $4.

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