There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by bus, train, subway, 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.

Recommended option

Bus via San Jose, Ca  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6853
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$15 - $46

Cheapest option

BART, line 181 bus, bus  •  3 h 14 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Fremont
  2. Take the line 181 bus from Fremont Bart Station to 2Nd & Santa Clara 181
  3. Take the bus from First & Santa Clara to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 17

$10 - $13

4 alternative options

Caltrain, bus  •  2 h 19 min

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

$12 - $32

Bus  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$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

Questions & Answers

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

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It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Francisco, Ca and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 55 min.

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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 in around 2 h 17 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Fremont
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
bart.gov
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 Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25
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
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35
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
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
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
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Fremont Bart Station to 2Nd & Santa Clara
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
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
POOL
$90 - $120
ASSIST
$110 - $150
uberX
$110 - $150
WAV
$110 - $150
uberXL
$160 - $210
SELECT
$230 - $290
BLACK
$320 - $410
SUV
$360 - $450

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