There are 5 ways to get from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea by bus, taxi, 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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Bus  •  1 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 2 Munras 78

$6 - $24

4 alternative options

Bus Greyhound USA  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6725 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler 20 / ...

$16 - $46

Taxi  •  49 min

  1. Take a taxi from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea 46.2 miles

$160 - $190

Drive  •  49 min

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea 46.2 miles

$4 - $7

Uber  •  49 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea 46.2 miles

$70 - $95

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from Santa Cruz Metro Center and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 49 min.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 30 miles. The road distance is 46.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea without a car is to bus which takes 1 h 49 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 49 min to get from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, depart from Santa Cruz Metro Center station.

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Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 2 Munras station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea is 46 miles. It takes approximately 49 min to drive from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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There are 254+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $104 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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  • Distance: 29.7 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 49 min

What companies run services between Santa Cruz, CA, USA and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA?

Monterey-Salinas Transit operates a bus from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea 4 times a week. Tickets cost $3 - $12 and the journey takes 1 h 6 min.

Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 2 Munras
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$70 - $95
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$70 - $95
UberX
$70 - $95
WAV
$70 - $95
UberXL
$110 - $140
Select
$150 - $190
Black
$200 - $260
Black SUV
$230 - $290
Taxi from Santa Cruz to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
49 min
Estimated price
$160 - $190
Go Green Cab
Phone
+1 831-246-1234
Deluxe Taxi Cab Co
Phone
+1 831-475-3232
Santa Cruz Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-423-1234
Website
santacruzyellowcab.org

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