There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz by train, bus, taxi, 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.

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Caltrain, bus  •  2 h 4 min

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

$10 - $30

Cheapest option

Line 22 bus, bus  •  2 h 57 min

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

$7 - $26

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  57 min

  1. Take a taxi from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz 45.7 miles

$250 - $310

Drive  •  57 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz 45.7 miles

$4 - $7

Uber  •  57 min

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz 45.7 miles

$70 - $95

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Churchill and arriving at McLaughlin Dr via San Jose, Ca and Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 57 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and University of California, Santa Cruz is 31 miles. The road distance is 45.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 2 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 4 min to get from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from El Camino & Churchill station.

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Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Cruz, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz is 46 miles. It takes approximately 57 min to drive from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz.

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There are 105+ hotels available in University of California, Santa Cruz. Prices start at $97 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 31.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 4 min

What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz via Santa Clara & Montgomery, San Jose, Ca, Santa Cruz, Ca, Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 1, and McLaughlin Dr in around 2 h 57 min.

Train operators
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 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & Churchill to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$70 - $95
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$70 - $95
UberX
$70 - $95
WAV
$70 - $95
UberXL
$100 - $140
Select
$150 - $190
Black
$200 - $260
Black SUV
$220 - $280
Taxi from Palo Alto to University of California, Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
57 min
Estimated price
$250 - $310
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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