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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz by train, bus, subway, 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 34 min

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

$11 - $14

Cheapest option

Line 398 bus, bus, line 522 bus  •  3 h 58 min

  1. Take the line 398 bus from SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave 398
  2. Take the bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr
  3. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Transit Center to Santa Clara & Montgomery 522 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$9 - $16

5 alternative options

BART, bus  •  4 h 6 min

  1. Take the BART from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 19th St. Oakland BART Station Yellow
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$21 - $45

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

$70 - $95

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 costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 7 min.

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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 2-Lower Level and arriving at Water & Ocean via El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave, Palo Alto Transit Center and Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 58 min.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Santa Cruz is 49 miles. The road distance is 61.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 2 h 34 min and costs $10 - $15.

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It takes approximately 2 h 34 min 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 2-Lower Level station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Cruz Metro, arrive at Water & Ocean station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz is 61 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 7 min to drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz.

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There are 112+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $75 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 48.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 34 min

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 El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave, Palo Alto Transit Center, Santa Clara & Montgomery, and Diridon Station in around 3 h 58 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Francisco International Airport BART Station to 19th St. Oakland BART Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
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
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal 2-Lower Level to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Center to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
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 Oakland, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
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
Private Transfers
Towncar from San Francisco Airport to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Private
$210 - $300
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
$70 - $95
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$70 - $90
Assist
$70 - $95
UberX
$70 - $95
WAV
$70 - $95
UberXL
$120 - $150
Select
$180 - $240
Black
$250 - $310
Black SUV
$270 - $340

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