There are 5 ways to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz by bus, train, 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 101 bus, Caltrain, bus  •  3 h 45 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Hyde St & Grove St 101
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 17

$19 - $42

Cheapest option

Line 101 bus, bus via Diridon Station  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal 101 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 17

$18 - $53

3 alternative options

Line 101 bus, bus  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal 101 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$18 - $41

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

$130 - $170

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 Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal, San Francisco, Ca, San Jose, Ca, and Diridon Station in around 3 h 50 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
Bus operators
Golden Gate Transit
Website
goldengate.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Hyde St & Grove St
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
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
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
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 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
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 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
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
$130 - $170
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$85 - $110
ASSIST
$130 - $170
uberX
$130 - $170
WAV
$130 - $170
uberXL
$210 - $260
SELECT
$290 - $370
BLACK
$410 - $550
SUV
$450 - $600

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from San Rafael to Santa Cruz?

The distance between San Rafael and Santa Cruz is 120 km. The road distance is 149 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz?

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

What is the fastest way to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz?

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

Is there a direct bus between San Rafael and Santa Cruz?

No, there is no direct bus from San Rafael to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A and arriving at Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 via San Francisco, Ca and Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

How long does it take to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz?

It takes approximately 3 h 45 min to get from San Rafael to Santa Cruz, including transfers.