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

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Recommended option

Train, bus  •  3h 21m

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

$27 - $42

Cheapest option

BART, bus  •  3h 40m

  1. Take the BART from Richmond to Berryessa / North San Jose Orange-S
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$12 - $22

3 alternative options

Bus via San Jose  •  3h 38m

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

Bus  •  3h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Oakland to Santa Cruz Metro Center 2065

Drive  •  1h 31m

  1. Drive from Richmond to Santa Cruz 82.6 miles

$8 - $12

Richmond to Santa Cruz by train and bus

The journey time between Richmond and Santa Cruz is around 3h 31m and covers a distance of around 89 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 44m. Operated by Amtrak and Santa Cruz Metro, the Richmond to Santa Cruz service departs from Richmond and arrives in Water & Ocean. Typically 50 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
3h 31m
Fastest journey time:
2h 44m
Journey distance:
89 miles
Services per week:
50
Cheapest price:
$27
Carbon emissions:
11 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
05:36
Last service departs at:
20:21

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Richmond to Santa Cruz train and bus schedules

Richmond → Santa Cruz
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Santa Cruz is 800-232-4636.

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The social distance requirement in Santa Cruz is 2 metres.

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The most affordable way to get from Richmond to Santa Cruz is to drive, which costs $8 - $12 and takes 1h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Richmond to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $8 - $12 and takes 1h 31m.

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The distance between Richmond and Santa Cruz is 69 miles. The road distance is 82.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Richmond to Santa Cruz without a car is to train and bus which takes 3h 21m and costs $27 - $45.

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It takes approximately 3h 21m to get from Richmond to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Richmond to Santa Cruz is 83 miles. It takes approximately 1h 31m to drive from Richmond to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 69.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 21m

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

You can take a bus from Richmond to Santa Cruz via Emeryville, Emeryville, San Jose, and Diridon Station in around 3h 38m.

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 Richmond to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$30 - $50
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Richmond to Berryessa / North San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Emeryville to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Schedules at
amtrak.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Oakland to Santa Cruz Metro Center
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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