There are 9 ways to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, bus, train 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  •  4 h 32 min

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

$119 - $301

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Bus Megabus  •  10 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to San Jose, CA
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$35 - $78

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Fly Santa Ana to San Francisco, shuttle  •  5 h 26 min

  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, bus  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  2. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$118 - $643

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

  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

$136 - $316

Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6 h 50 min

  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 - $375

Bus via Los Angeles, Ca  •  11 h 44 min

  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, bus  •  12 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$73 - $194

Drive  •  6 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Irvine to Santa Cruz 389.1 miles

$35 - $55

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No, there is no direct bus from Irvine to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Main-Harvard and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Anaheim, CA and San Jose, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 16 min.

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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 bus which takes 10 h 16 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 32 min 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 1 h 10 min.

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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 6 h 38 min to drive from Irvine to Santa Cruz.

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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 105+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $97 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Irvine to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 331.1 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 32 min

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, San Jose, CA, and San Jose, Ca in around 10 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
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 Hayward, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
Bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $21
Bus from Anaheim, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com

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