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There are 13 ways to get from San Clemente to Santa Cruz by train, plane, shuttle, subway, 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.

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Train to Santa Ana, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  5 h 48 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 - $313

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Train, bus Megabus  •  11 h 4 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 32 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 - $416

Fly Santa Ana to San Francisco, shuttle  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to San Francisco (SFO) SNA - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz

$154 - $348

Train to Santa Ana, fly to Oakland, BART, line 181 bus, bus  •  7 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Tustin station
  2. Fly from Santa Ana (SNA) to Oakland (OAK) SNA - OAK
  3. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
  4. Take the line 181 bus from Warm Springs Bart to 2Nd & Santa Clara
  5. Take the bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2

$120 - $635

Bus to Long Beach, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from El Camino Real-Avd Presidio to 7Th-Channel
  2. Fly from Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) LGB - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$108 - $321

Train, train to Carlsbad, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente station to Oceanside station
  2. Take the train from Oceanside Transit Center to Encinitas Station
  3. Fly from Carlsbad (CLD) to San Jose (SJC) CLD - SJC
  4. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$97 - $302

Train, train to Ontario/San Bernardino, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Ontario Amtrak
  3. Fly from Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) to San Jose (SJC) ONT - SJC
  4. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Santa Cruz

$197 - $528

Bus  •  13 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6742 / ...

$54 - $136

Train Amtrak, bus  •  14 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$94 - $236

Train Amtrak, bus #2  •  14 h 9 min

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

$92 - $240

Train, night bus  •  11 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station 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 - $320 and takes 5 h 48 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 13 h 48 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 11 h 4 min and costs $40 - $65.

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It takes approximately 5 h 48 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 10 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Clemente to Santa Cruz is 408 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 57 min to drive from San Clemente to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 351.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 48 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 13 h 48 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$200 - $550
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Santa Ana to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 27 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $330
Flights from Ontario/San Bernardino to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 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 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Burbank to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Ana to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $480
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Long Beach to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
California Pacific Airlines
Website
mycpair.com
Flights from Carlsbad to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
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 Oceanside station
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $9
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
+1 215-856-7924
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
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 to Ontario Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Train from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Salinas Amtrak Station
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 Station
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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from Oceanside Transit Center to Encinitas Station
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Warm Springs Bart to 2Nd & Santa Clara
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 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
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from El Camino Real-Avd Presidio to 7Th-Channel
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
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 Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
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
Twice daily
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
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $50
Flexible
$55 - $75
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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