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There are 7 ways to get from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, subway, 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 to San Jose, shuttle  •  4 h 42 min

  1. Fly from Las Vegas (LAS) to San Jose (SJC) LAS - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$133 - $383

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Bus  •  12 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to San Jose, Ca 6774
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17 / ...

$59 - $141

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Fly to San Francisco, shuttle  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Las Vegas (LAS) to San Francisco (SFO) LAS - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz

$111 - $301

Fly to Oakland, BART, line 181 bus, bus  •  6 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Las Vegas (LAS) to Oakland (OAK) LAS - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
  3. Take the line 181 bus from Warm Springs Bart to 2Nd & Santa Clara
  4. Take the bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2

$72 - $335

Fly to Monterey, bus  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Las Vegas (LAS) to Monterey (MRY) LAS - MRY
  2. Take the bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Santa Cruz Metro Center

$96 - $572

Fly to Stockton, train, bus  •  7 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Las Vegas (LAS) to Stockton (SCK) LAS - SCK
  2. Take the train from Lat Lathrop/Manteca Station to Sjd San Jose Station
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2

$105 - $305

Drive  •  9 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz 534.2 miles

$50 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $50 - $80 and takes 9 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz is to fly and shuttle which costs $130 - $390 and takes 4 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Las Vegas, Nv and arriving at Water & Ocean via Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 53 min.

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The distance between Las Vegas and Santa Cruz is 389 miles. The road distance is 534.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz without a car is to bus which takes 12 h 53 min and costs $55 - $150.

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It takes approximately 4 h 42 min to get from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Las Vegas to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Las Vegas, Nv station.

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The quickest flight from Las Vegas Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Las Vegas to Santa Cruz is 534 miles. It takes approximately 9 h 2 min to drive from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz.

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Map of how to get from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 388.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 42 min

What companies run services between Las Vegas, NV, USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz via San Jose, Ca and Diridon Station in around 12 h 53 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Las Vegas to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $600
Flights from Las Vegas to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $490
Flights from Las Vegas to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Las Vegas to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Las Vegas to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Flights from Las Vegas to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Flights from Las Vegas to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $700
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Las Vegas to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Las Vegas to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Las Vegas to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $400
Flights from Las Vegas to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $230
Flights from Las Vegas to Stockton
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $370
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Las Vegas to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Las Vegas to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $380
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Las Vegas to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $220
Flights from Las Vegas to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $230
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Las Vegas to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $290
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Altamont Corridor Express
Phone
1800-411-7245
Website
acerail.com
Train from Lat Lathrop/Manteca Station to Sjd San Jose Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $15
Schedules at
acerail.com
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
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Warm Springs Bart to 2Nd & Santa Clara
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
vta.org
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
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
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl to Santa Cruz Metro Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
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
Bus from San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.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 Las Vegas, Nv to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
11 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $140
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $90
Flexible
$100 - $140

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Frontier Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Las Vegas Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 105+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Las Vegas to Las Vegas Airport is to bus which takes 21 min and costs $6.

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