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 37 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

Amtrak Thruway, ferry  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to Ventura, CA 4591
  2. Take the ferry from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island

$59 - $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

$69 - $80

Bus, ferry  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Figueroa & 5th 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

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
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 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
Bus operators
Ladot
Website
ladottransit.com
Bus from Figueroa & 5th to Thousand Oaks Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
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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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island?

The distance between Los Angeles and Santa Cruz Island is 140 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island?

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island is to Amtrak Thruway and ferry which costs $55 - $65 and takes 4 h 56 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island?

The quickest way to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island is to train and ferry which takes 4 h 37 min and costs $85 - $130.

How long does it take to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island?

It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz Island, including transfers.