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There are 6 ways to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael by bus, subway, train, car, shuttle 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, line 101 bus  •  3 h 38 min

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

$19 - $40

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  4 h 5 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 El Cerrito del Norte BART Station Orange

$14 - $24

4 alternative options

Bus, Caltrain, line 101 bus  •  4 h 17 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
  3. Take the line 101 bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C 101 / ...

$20 - $28

Drive  •  1 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to San Rafael 93.1 miles

$9 - $14

Shuttle, Marin Airporter  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
  2. Take the Marin Airporter from San Francisco Airport to San Rafael Transit Center

$75 - $76

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 Salesforce Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 38 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 38 min and costs $19 - $40.

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It takes approximately 3 h 38 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 Golden Gate Transit, arrive at San Rafael Transit Center Platform C 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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There are 360+ hotels available in San Rafael. Prices start at $109 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Cruz to San Rafael.
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  • Distance: 74.7 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 38 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 Salesforce Transit Center in around 3 h 38 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to El Cerrito del Norte BART Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
bart.gov
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Salesforce Transit Center to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
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
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Marin Airporter
Website
marinairporter.com
Bus from San Francisco Airport to San Rafael Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $21
Schedules at
marinairporter.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
UberPool
$120 - $160
Assist
$140 - $180
UberX
$140 - $180
WAV
$140 - $180
UberXL
$210 - $270
Select
$300 - $380
Black
$410 - $550
Black SUV
$450 - $600

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