There are 11 ways to get from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles by shuttle, plane, bus, tram, train, night bus or car

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

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Los Angeles  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Los Angeles (LAX) SJC - LAX

$130 - $308

Cheapest option

Bus Boltbus  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles Oakland-LA

$30 - $45

9 alternative options

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR

$118 - $367

Fly San Francisco to Burbank  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR

$126 - $515

Bus to Monterey, fly to Los Angeles  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca
  2. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MRY - LAX

$107 - $318

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB) SJC - LGB
  3. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines

$106 - $311

Bus, train to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  6 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$134 - $503

Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...

$40 - $100

Bus, train  •  11 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6725 / ...
  2. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight

$66 - $182

Bus, night bus  •  8 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6742 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6743 / ...

$38 - $111

Drive  •  5 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles 341.3 miles

$30 - $50

What companies run services between Santa Cruz, CA, USA and Los Angeles, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines and United Airlines fly from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles every 3 hours. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles hourly. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 8 h 50 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak to Oakland Coliseum Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Salinas Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Greyhound USA
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
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
Night bus from San Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Schedules at
boltbus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Cruz and Los Angeles is 472 km. The road distance is 546 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles is to bus which costs $30 - $45 and takes 9 h 28 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles is to shuttle and fly which takes 4 h 18 min and costs $130 - $310.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Cruz, Ca and arriving at Los Angeles, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 50 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 18 min to get from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles, including transfers.