There are 5 ways to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael by bus, night bus, car or towncar

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Bus, line 101 bus  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6766 / ...
  2. Take the line 101 bus from Mission St & 1st St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C 101 / ...

$18 - $38

4 alternative options

Bus, line 1482 bus  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6766 / ...
  2. Take the line 1482 bus from Oakland, Ca to San Rafael 1482

$23 - $49

Bus, line 1484 night bus  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  3. Take the line 1484 night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Rafael

$23 - $64

Drive  •  1 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to San Rafael 93.1 miles

$9 - $14

Uber  •  1 h 42 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Cruz to San Rafael 93.1 miles

$140 - $180

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Cruz to San Rafael. However, there are services departing from Santa Cruz, Ca and arriving at San Rafael Transit Center Platform C via Mission St & 1st St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 48 min.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and San Rafael is 75 miles. The road distance is 93.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael without a car is to bus and line 101 bus which takes 3 h 48 min and costs $18 - $40.

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It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to San Rafael is 93 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 42 min to drive from Santa Cruz to San Rafael.

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  • Distance: 74.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 48 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Cruz to San Rafael via San Francisco, Ca and Mission St & 1st St in around 3 h 48 min.

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 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 Santa Cruz, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$24 - $30
Bus from Oakland, Ca to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$15 - $19
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 San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Mission St & 1st St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
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 Rafael
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$140 - $180
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$140 - $180
UberX
$140 - $180
WAV
$140 - $180
UberXL
$210 - $270
Select
$300 - $380
Black
$410 - $550
Black SUV
$460 - $600

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