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There are 6 ways to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz by bus, train, subway, night bus, car or towncar

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

Bus  •  2 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6781 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$14 - $29

Cheapest option

BART, line 181 bus, bus  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Take the BART from 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
  2. Take the line 181 bus from Warm Springs Bart to San Jose Caltrain Station 181
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$10 - $15

4 alternative options

Train, bus  •  2 h 43 min

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

$27 - $49

Night bus  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take the night bus from Oakland, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6739

$13 - $30

Drive  •  1 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Oakland to Santa Cruz 71 miles

$6 - $10

Uber  •  1 h 18 min

  1. Take an Uber from Oakland to Santa Cruz 71 miles

$100 - $140

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

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

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Oakland, Ca and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 5 min.

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The distance between Oakland and Santa Cruz is 59 miles. The road distance is 71 miles.

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The best way to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 39 min and costs $14 - $29.

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It takes approximately 2 h 39 min to get from Oakland to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Oakland to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oakland, Ca station.

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

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

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  • Distance: 59.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 39 min

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, Ca and Diridon Station in around 2 h 39 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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bart.gov
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
Night bus from Oakland, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $30
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
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Warm Springs Bart to San Jose Caltrain Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Oakland to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$100 - $140
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UberPool
$90 - $120
Assist
$100 - $140
UberX
$100 - $140
WAV
$100 - $140
UberXL
$160 - $210
Select
$230 - $290
Black
$310 - $390
Black SUV
$340 - $430

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