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There are 6 ways to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco 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, Caltrain  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$12 - $17

Cheapest option

Bus Megabus  •  3 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, CA

$10 - $22

4 alternative options

Bus, BART  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to S 2nd & E Santa Clara 17
  2. Take the BART from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station Green

$10 - $17

Bus Greyhound USA  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6742 / ...

$14 - $35

Drive  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco 74 miles

$7 - $11

Uber  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Cruz to San Francisco 74 miles

$110 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 22 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Cruz, Ca and arriving at San Francisco, Ca. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and San Francisco is 60 miles. The road distance is 74 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco without a car is to bus and Caltrain which takes 2 h 54 min and costs $12 - $17.

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It takes approximately 2 h 54 min to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Santa Cruz to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Cruz, Ca station.

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Santa Cruz to San Francisco bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Francisco, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to San Francisco is 74 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 22 min to drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.

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  • Distance: 59.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 54 min

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Cruz to San Francisco twice daily. Tickets cost $14 - $35 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to S 2nd & E Santa Clara
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
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 Santa Cruz, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Cruz to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$110 - $140
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uber.com
UberPool
$95 - $130
Assist
$110 - $140
UberX
$110 - $140
WAV
$110 - $140
UberXL
$170 - $220
Select
$240 - $300
Black
$320 - $410
Black SUV
$360 - $450

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