There are 5 ways to get from Mountain View to Santa Cruz by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain, bus  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Mountain View Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$8 - $27

Cheapest option

Line 522 bus, bus  •  1 h 57 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from El Camino & Castro to Santa Clara & Montgomery 22 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$5 - $23

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  43 min

  1. Take a taxi from Mountain View to Santa Cruz 36 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  43 min

  1. Drive from Mountain View to Santa Cruz 36 miles

$3 - $6

Uber  •  43 min

  1. Take an Uber from Mountain View to Santa Cruz 36 miles

$55 - $75

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Mountain View to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $3 - $6 and takes 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mountain View to Santa Cruz is to taxi which costs $120 - $150 and takes 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Mountain View to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Castro and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via San Jose, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 57 min.

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The distance between Mountain View and Santa Cruz is 29 miles. The road distance is 36 miles.

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The best way to get from Mountain View to Santa Cruz without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 1 h 30 min and costs $7 - $27.

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It takes approximately 1 h 30 min to get from Mountain View to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Mountain View to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from El Camino & Castro station.

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Mountain View to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Cruz, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mountain View to Santa Cruz is 36 miles. It takes approximately 43 min to drive from Mountain View to Santa Cruz.

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There are 130+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $97 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Mountain View to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 28.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 30 min

What companies run services between Mountain View, CA, USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Mountain View to Santa Cruz via Santa Clara & Montgomery and San Jose, Ca in around 1 h 57 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Bus operators
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 San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $21
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
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
Bus from San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & Castro to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Mountain View to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$55 - $75
UberX
$55 - $75
WAV
$55 - $75
UberXL
$85 - $110
Select
$120 - $150
Black
$160 - $200
Black SUV
$180 - $230
Taxi from Mountain View to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
43 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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