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There are 12 ways to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, bus, train, tram, night 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.

Recommended option

Fly Los Angeles to San Jose, shuttle  •  4h 36m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$125 - $297

Cheapest option

Bus Boltbus  •  8h 24m

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

$31 - $44

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Fly Burbank to San Jose, shuttle  •  4h 44m

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

$117 - $367

Bus to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  5h 53m

  1. Take the bus from Spring St and 1st St E to Pomona Transit Center
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Jose (SJC) ONT - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$150 - $437

Fly Burbank to Oakland, train, bus  •  6h 34m

  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 - $484

Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6h 28m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Jose (SJC) SNA - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$142 - $345

Tram to Long Beach, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$106 - $314

Fly Los Angeles to Monterey, bus  •  6h 20m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Monterey (MRY) LAX - MRY
  2. Take the bus from Playa / Sand City Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center

$94 - $293

Bus Megabus  •  8h 9m

  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

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 / ...

$70 - $177

Night bus  •  8h

  1. Take the night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6756

$40 - $100

Drive  •  5h 53m

  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 which costs $30 - $45 and takes 8h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz is to fly and shuttle which costs $120 - $300 and takes 4h 36m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Los Angeles, Ca and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 8h.

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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 which takes 8h 9m and costs $30 - $50.

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It takes approximately 4h 36m 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 Los Angeles Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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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 53m to drive from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 295.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 36m

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 9m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
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 Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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 Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $330
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
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
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
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 Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
49m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
8h 18m
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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Pacific Coast Hwy Station
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Spring St and 1st St E to Pomona Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
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
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Playa / Sand City Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Boltbus
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 Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Night bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Los Angeles 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 112+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles to Los Angeles Airport is to train which takes 30m and costs .

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