There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz by train, bus, night bus, car, towncar or shuttle

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

Caltrain, bus  •  2 h 9 min

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

$10 - $31

Cheapest option

Night bus, line 522 bus, bus  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the night bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 397
  2. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & 2Nd 522 / ...
  3. Take the bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 17

$8 - $11

5 alternative options

Line 292 bus, Caltrain, bus  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the line 292 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to S Delaware St & Cypress Ave 292
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  3. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 17

$11 - $32

Drive  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz 61.3 miles

$6 - $9

Towncar  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Take a town car from San Francisco Airport to Santa Cruz 61.3 miles

$210 - $300

Shuttle  •  1 h 45 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz

$55

Uber  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz 61.3 miles

$95 - $120

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz is to drive which takes 1 h 7 min and costs $6 - $9.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Santa Cruz is 78 km. The road distance is 98 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 9 min to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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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 A-Lower Level and arriving at Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 via Palo Alto Caltrain Station and First & Santa Clara. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 12 min.

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

There is no direct connection from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz. However, you can take the Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain, take the walk to Diridon Station, then take the bus to Water & Ocean. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz via S Delaware St & Cypress Ave, San Mateo Caltrain, San Jose Diridon Caltrain, and San Jose, Ca in around 3 h 3 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Greyhound USA
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
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
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to S Delaware St & Cypress Ave
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Night bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & 2Nd
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
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
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$85 - $110
ASSIST
$95 - $120
uberX
$95 - $120
WAV
$95 - $120
uberXL
$140 - $180
SELECT
$190 - $250
BLACK
$270 - $340
SUV
$300 - $380
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from San Francisco Airport to Santa Cruz
Estimated price
$210 - $300

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