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There are 4 ways to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island by train, ferry or bus

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

Train Amtrak, ferry  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the ferry from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island

$86 - $121

Cheapest option

Bus Amtrak, ferry  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the ferry from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island

$60 - $65

2 alternative options

Train Metrolink Trains, ferry  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to East Ventura station Ventura County Line
  2. Take the ferry from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island

$70 - $80

Bus, ferry via Thousand Oaks Transit Center  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Figueroa & Olympic to Thousand Oaks Transit Center
  2. Take the bus from Thousand Oaks Transit Center to Pacific View Mall
  3. Take the ferry from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island

$61 - $72

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island is to bus and ferry which costs $60 - $65 and takes 4 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island is to train and ferry which costs $85 - $130 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Island is 88 miles.

The best way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island without a car is to train and ferry which takes 4 h 34 min and costs $85 - $130.

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It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island, including transfers.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island.
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  • Distance: 87.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 34 min

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

There is no direct connection from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island. However, you can take the train to Ventura Amtrak, take the taxi to Ventura Harbor, then take the ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island via East Ventura station and Ventura Harbor in around 4 h 40 min.

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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to East Ventura station
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Ladot
Website
ladottransit.com
Bus from Figueroa & Olympic to Thousand Oaks Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ladotbus.com
Ventura County Transportation Commission
Phone
(800) 438-1112
Website
goventura.org
Bus from Thousand Oaks Transit Center to Pacific View Mall
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
Ventura County Transportation Commission
Ferry operators
Island Packers
Website
islandpackers.com
Ferry from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$30
Schedules at
reserve.islandpackers.com

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