There are 12 ways to get from San Clemente to Santa Cruz by train, plane, shuttle, bus, night bus or car

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

Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  5 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Jose (SJC) SNA - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$126 - $310

Cheapest option

Train, bus Megabus  •  10 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Jose, CA
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$44 - $64

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Train to Burbank, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  6 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
  2. Fly from Burbank (BUR) to San Jose (SJC) BUR - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$139 - $413

Fly Santa Ana to Oakland, bus  •  6 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  2. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  3. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$125 - $666

Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Francisco  •  6 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO

$154 - $348

Train to Los Angeles, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose (SJC) LAX - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$139 - $319

Train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  8 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier station to San Bernardino Depot station
  2. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Jose (SJC) ONT - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$163 - $446

Train to Long Beach, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Anaheim-ARTIC station
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$121 - $338

Bus  •  12 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9488 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6742 / ...

$54 - $135

Train Amtrak, bus  •  12 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca

$91 - $234

Train, night bus  •  11 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the night bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6756

$68 - $163

Drive  •  6 h 57 min

  1. Drive from San Clemente to Santa Cruz 407.7 miles

$40 - $60

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The cheapest way to get from San Clemente to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $40 - $60 and takes 6 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Clemente to Santa Cruz is to train and fly and shuttle which costs $120 - $310 and takes 5 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Clemente to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Calle De Los Molinos-Avd Pico and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 5, Santa Ana, Ca and Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 41 min.

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The distance between San Clemente and Santa Cruz is 352 miles. The road distance is 407.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Clemente to Santa Cruz without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 46 min and costs $40 - $65.

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It takes approximately 5 h 43 min to get from San Clemente to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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San Clemente to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Ana, Ca station.

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The quickest flight from Santa Ana Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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  • Distance: 351.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 43 min

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

You can take a bus from San Clemente to Santa Cruz via Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 7, Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 5, Santa Ana-Santiago, Santa Ana, Ca, and Los Angeles, Ca in around 12 h 41 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente Pier station to San Bernardino Depot station
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente station to Anaheim-ARTIC station
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente Pier station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.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
Train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Burbank Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Salinas Amtrak
Ave. Duration
8 h 18 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Room
$180 - $260
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
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 Hayward, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
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
Bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Bus from Salinas, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Night bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
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
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
56 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
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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