There are 11 ways to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, bus, train, 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 Los Angeles to San Jose, shuttle  •  4 h 36 min

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

$128 - $305

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Bus Megabus  •  7 h 51 min

  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 Burbank to San Jose, shuttle  •  4 h 39 min

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

$117 - $364

Fly Burbank to Oakland, bus  •  5 h 49 min

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

$121 - $466

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  5 h 22 min

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

$172 - $471

Fly Los Angeles to Monterey, bus  •  6 h 23 min

  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

$96 - $304

Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6 h 20 min

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

$142 - $342

Tram, line 191 bus to Long Beach, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6 h 8 min

  1. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Del Amo Station
  2. Take the line 191 bus from Del Amo Station Bay 1 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
  3. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  4. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$108 - $313

Bus Greyhound USA  •  9 h

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

$40 - $100

Train, bus  •  10 h 3 min

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

$70 - $177

Drive  •  5 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz 346 miles

$30 - $50

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

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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 7 h 51 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 min 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 1 h 5 min.

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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 5 h 53 min to drive from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz.

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

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 7 h 51 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
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
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
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
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Burbank to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $320
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Los Angeles to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
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
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
46 min
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 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
Metro Los Angeles
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
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 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
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
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from Del Amo Station Bay 1 to Del Amo & Lakewood Se
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com

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