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There are 11 ways to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, train, bus, tram 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 Burbank to San Jose, shuttle  •  4h 38m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

$100 - $350

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Bus via San Jose  •  8h 14m

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Jose, CA
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$34 - $50

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Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, shuttle  •  4h 47m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

$114 - $293

Fly Burbank to San Francisco, shuttle  •  5h 34m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Francisco (SFO) BUR - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

$124 - $512

Fly Burbank to Oakland, train, bus  •  6h 36m

  1. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to Oakland (OAK) BUR - 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

$133 - $474

Fly Los Angeles to Monterey, bus  •  6h 31m

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

$99 - $306

Bus, tram, line 266 bus to Long Beach, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6h 17m

  1. Take the bus from 1st / Hill to Harbor Transitway / Harbor Fwy Station
  2. Take the tram from Harbor Freeway Station to Lakewood Blvd Station
  3. Take the line 266 bus from Lakewood Blvd Station to Lakewood / Hardwick
  4. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  5. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

$91 - $302

Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Jose (SJC) SNA - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

$110 - $298

Bus  •  9h

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

$40 - $60

Train, bus  •  10h 23m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Salinas Amtrak Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6742 / ...

$59 - $84

Drive  •  5h 54m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz 346 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz is to bus via San Jose which costs $30 - $50 and takes 8h 14m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz is to fly and shuttle which costs $100 - $350 and takes 4h 38m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9h.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Santa Cruz is 295 miles. The road distance is 346 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz without a car is to bus via San Jose which takes 8h 14m and costs $30 - $50.

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It takes approximately 4h 38m to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Los Angeles to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Los Angeles, Ca station.

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The quickest flight from Burbank Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles to Santa Cruz is 346 miles. It takes approximately 5h 54m to drive from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 295.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 38m

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

You can take a bus from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz via San Jose, CA and Diridon Station in around 8h 14m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $330
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Burbank to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
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 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
8h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$230 - $320
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Seat
$90 - $130
Metro Los Angeles
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Tustin station
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
Metrolink Trains
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Phone
+1 831 423-5937
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$54 - $55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
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
1h 7m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 1st / Hill to Harbor Transitway / Harbor Fwy Station
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Bus from Lakewood Blvd Station to Lakewood / Hardwick
Ave. Duration
19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Torrance Transit
Phone
+1 310-618-6266
Website
transit.torranceca.gov
Bus from 1St St + Hill St to Harbor Transitway + Harbor Freeway Station
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
transit.torranceca.gov
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 Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $100
Bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $16
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $16
Flexible
$27 - $40

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

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Book your Los Angeles to Santa Cruz bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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There are 120+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $123 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Burbank Airport is to train which takes 25m and costs $5 - $7.

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