There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz by train, 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.

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Caltrain, bus  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$11 - $30

Cheapest option

Line 398 bus, line 522 bus, bus  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Take the line 398 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 398
  2. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & Montgomery 522 / ...
  3. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 17

$10 - $29

4 alternative options

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 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 A-Lower Level and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A, Palo Alto Caltrain Station and San Jose, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 36 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 1 h 53 min and costs $10 - $35.

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It takes approximately 1 h 53 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 A-Lower Level station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) 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 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 130+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $97 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: 1 h 53 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 Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B, Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A, Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1, Palo Alto Caltrain Station, Santa Clara & Montgomery, and San Jose, Ca in around 3 h 36 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
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 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
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
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
Bus from San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 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
Assist
$95 - $120
UberX
$95 - $120
WAV
$95 - $120
UberXL
$140 - $180
Select
$200 - $260
Black
$270 - $340
Black 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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