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There are 10 ways to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica by shuttle, plane, tram, bus, train or car

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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Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Los Angeles  •  5h 20m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Los Angeles (LAX) SJC - LAX

$131 - $313

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Bus Megabus  •  9h 46m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

$37 - $54

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Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5h 38m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$121 - $371

Shuttle to San Francisco, fly to Burbank  •  6h 29m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR

$129 - $516

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  6h 16m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB) SJC - LGB
  3. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
  4. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$106 - $314

Bus to Monterey, fly to Los Angeles  •  7h 2m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center to Playa / Sand City Station
  2. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MRY - LAX

$101 - $313

Bus, train to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to Diridon Station
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$137 - $488

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...

$41 - $99

Bus, train  •  13h 52m

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight

$72 - $189

Drive  •  5h 50m

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica 340 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $30 - $50 and takes 5h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is to shuttle and fly which costs $130 - $320 and takes 5h 20m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Santa Cruz, Ca and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 24m.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and Santa Monica is 287 miles. The road distance is 340 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 9h 46m and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 5h 20m to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 14m.

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Santa Cruz to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is 340 miles. It takes approximately 5h 50m to drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica.

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  • Distance: 286.8 miles
  • Duration: 5h 20m

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

You can take a bus from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica via Diridon Station, San Jose, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, and 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines in around 9h 46m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $330
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
46m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SFO Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center to Playa / Sand City Station
Ave. Duration
52m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2 to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Hourly
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Cruz, CA to San Jose, CA
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
amtrak.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.

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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2522+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $106 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to San Francisco Airport is to shuttle which takes 1h 45m and costs $55.

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