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

4 alternative options

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 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 hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 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 20 min and costs $12 - $35.

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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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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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Book your Santa Cruz to San Francisco bus tickets online with Greyhound.

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Map of how to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 59.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 20 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 hourly. Tickets cost $14 - $35 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
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 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
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Cruz, CA to San Jose, CA
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.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
Assist
$110 - $150
UberX
$110 - $150
WAV
$110 - $150
UberXL
$170 - $220
Select
$240 - $310
Black
$330 - $410
Black SUV
$360 - $450

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