There are 5 ways to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco 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.

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Bus, Caltrain  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6742 / ...
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Bullet / ...

$12 - $33

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Bus  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6766 / ...

$14 - $35

Bus via San Jose, Ca  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6742 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6860 / ...

$14 - $46

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 - $150

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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 takes 1 h 22 min and costs $7 - $11.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and San Francisco is 95 km. The road distance is 118 km.

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It takes approximately 2 h 20 min to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Cruz, Ca and arriving at San Francisco, Ca. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 min.

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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 hourly. Tickets cost $14 - $35 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
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 San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from San Jose, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
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 - $150
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$90 - $120
ASSIST
$110 - $150
uberX
$110 - $150
WAV
$110 - $150
uberXL
$160 - $210
SELECT
$230 - $300
BLACK
$330 - $410
SUV
$360 - $450

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