There are 5 ways to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz by bus, subway, train, 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.

Recommended option

Line 1483 bus, bus  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Take the line 1483 bus from San Rafael to Oakland, Ca 1483
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$23 - $54

Cheapest option

BART, Caltrain, bus  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Take the BART from El Cerrito del Norte to Millbrae
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  3. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 17

$21 - $46

3 alternative options

Line 1481 night bus, night bus, bus  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Take the line 1481 night bus from San Rafael to Oakland, Ca
  2. Take the night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  3. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 17

$23 - $64

Drive  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Drive from San Rafael to Santa Cruz 93 miles

$9 - $14

Uber  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Rafael to Santa Cruz 93 miles

$140 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 43 min.

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The distance between San Rafael and Santa Cruz is 75 miles. The road distance is 93 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 55 min to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Rafael to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from San Rafael and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 55 min.

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

You can take a bus from San Rafael to Santa Cruz via Oakland, Ca in around 3 h 55 min.

Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from El Cerrito del Norte to Millbrae
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
bart.gov
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
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 Rafael to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$15 - $19
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $35
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
Night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
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
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Rafael to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$95 - $130
ASSIST
$140 - $180
uberX
$140 - $180
WAV
$140 - $180
uberXL
$210 - $260
SELECT
$290 - $370
BLACK
$410 - $550
SUV
$460 - $600

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