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There are 5 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz by bus, train, car, towncar or shuttle

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Recommended option

Line 398 bus, bus  •  2h 53m

  1. Take the line 398 bus from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 398
  2. Take the bus from Redwood City Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center 2065

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Caltrain, bus  •  3h 11m

  1. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Ltd B / ...
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$16 - $25

3 alternative options

Drive  •  1h 8m

  1. Drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz 61.1 miles

$6 - $9

Towncar  •  1h 8m

  1. Take a town car from San Francisco Airport to Santa Cruz 61.1 miles

$210 - $300

Shuttle  •  1h 48m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

$53 - $55

San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz by bus

The bus journey time between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Santa Cruz is around 2h 22m and covers a distance of around 70 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 2h 18m. Operated by SamTrans and FlixBus-us, the San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz bus service departs from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level and arrives in Santa Cruz Metro Center. Typically five buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
2h 22m
Fastest bus time:
2h 18m
Bus distance:
70 miles
Buses per week:
5
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
13 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
10:22
Last bus departs at:
10:36

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz bus schedules

San Francisco Airport (SFO) → Santa Cruz
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Santa Cruz is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Santa Cruz is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Santa Cruz is 2 metres.

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The cost-effective way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz is to drive, which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1h 8m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1h 8m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level and arriving at Santa Cruz Metro Center via Redwood City Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 53m.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Santa Cruz is 49 miles. The road distance is 61.1 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz without a car is to line 398 bus and bus which takes 2h 53m and costs .

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It takes approximately 2h 53m to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at Santa Cruz Metro Center station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz is 61 miles. It takes approximately 1h 8m to drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 48.8 miles
  • Duration: 2h 53m

What companies run services between San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B and Redwood City Station in around 2h 53m.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Redwood City Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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
Santa Cruz Flyer
Phone
+1 831 423-5937
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$53 - $55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

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Towncar from San Francisco Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Private
$210 - $300

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