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There are 5 ways to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz by train, bus, subway, car, plane or taxi

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Train, bus  •  3h 5m

  1. Take the train from Oakland to San Jose Capitol Corridor / ...
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$26 - $40

Cheapest option

BART, bus  •  3h 22m

  1. Take the BART from 12th Street / Oakland City Center to Berryessa / North San Jose Orange-S
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$11 - $20

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Oakland to San Jose Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

Drive  •  1h 18m

  1. Drive from Oakland to Santa Cruz 70.7 miles

$6 - $10

Fly, taxi  •  3h 17m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Monterey (MRY) SFO - MRY
  2. Take a taxi from Monterey to Santa Cruz

$279 - $601

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The cheapest way to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $6 - $10 and takes 1h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $6 - $10 and takes 1h 18m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Oakland to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Oakland and arriving at Water & Ocean via Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 41m.

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The distance between Oakland and Santa Cruz is 59 miles. The road distance is 70.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz without a car is to train and bus which takes 3h 5m and costs $26 - $45.

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It takes approximately 3h 5m to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Oakland to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Oakland station.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Monterey Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Oakland to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Cruz Metro, arrive at Water & Ocean station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Oakland to Santa Cruz is 71 miles. It takes approximately 1h 18m to drive from Oakland to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 59.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 5m

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

You can take a bus from Oakland to Santa Cruz via San Jose and Diridon Station in around 3h 41m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Monterey
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
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 to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from 12th Street / Oakland City Center to Berryessa / North San Jose
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Oakland to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Other operators
Taxi from Monterey to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
47 min
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-424-1234
Website
yellowcab1234.com
Sal's Salinas Taxi Co
Phone
+1 831-422-7276

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 194+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Oakland to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 45 min and costs $9 - $11.

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