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There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by train, bus, subway, night bus, car or towncar

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  •  2 h 53 min

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

$13 - $17

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to San Jose, CA
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 17 / ...

$10 - $21

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BART, bus  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station Green
  2. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$11 - $13

Night bus  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6739

$14 - $35

Drive  •  1 h 20 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz 73.3 miles

$7 - $11

Uber  •  1 h 20 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco to Santa Cruz 73.3 miles

$110 - $150

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Cruz is 60 miles. The road distance is 73.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 2 h 53 min and costs $12 - $17.

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It takes approximately 2 h 53 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Francisco, Ca station.

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San Francisco 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 to Santa Cruz is 73 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 20 min to drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

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  • Distance: 59.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 53 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Francisco to Santa Cruz via San Jose, CA and Diridon Station in around 3 h 7 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
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
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
Bus from San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
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
Night bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$110 - $150
UberX
$110 - $150
WAV
$110 - $150
UberXL
$170 - $220
Select
$240 - $300
Black
$320 - $410
Black SUV
$360 - $450

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There are 105+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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