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

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Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Los Angeles (LAX) SJC - LAX
  3. Take the line 3 bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$95 - $185

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Bus via San Jose  •  10h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA San Fran

$29 - $60

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Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5h 49m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 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 A Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$110 - $400

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  6h 37m

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB) SJC - LGB
  3. Take the tram from Downtown Long Beach Station to Pico Station
  4. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$154 - $507

Bus, train to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  6h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
  2. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX
  4. Take the line 3 bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$107 - $461

Night bus, bus to Monterey, fly to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  7h 44m

  1. Take the night bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler
  3. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MRY - LAX
  4. Take the line 3 bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$101 - $340

Bus, night bus  •  9h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station 17
  2. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Avenal, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Avenal to Ucla

$36 - $59

Bus  •  10h 20m

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

$44 - $61

Bus, train  •  13h 22m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, CA - Bus Station to Salinas, CA - Bus Station Santa Rosa
  2. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight

$57 - $89

Drive  •  5h 51m

  1. Drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica 341.7 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is to bus via San Jose which costs $29 - $60 and takes 10h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is to shuttle and fly and line 3 bus which costs $90 - $190 and takes 4h 40m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Ocean & Water and arriving at Lincoln Sb & Santa Monica Ns via San Jose, Ca, Avenal and Gayley Sb & Strathmore Fs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 30m.

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The distance between Santa Cruz and Santa Monica is 287 miles. The road distance is 341.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica without a car is to bus and night bus which takes 9h 30m and costs $35 - $60.

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It takes approximately 4h 40m to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Santa Cruz to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Santa Cruz Metro, depart from Ocean & Water station.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Santa Cruz to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Ucla station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is 342 miles. It takes approximately 5h 51m to drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica.

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  • Distance: 286.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 40m

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 3 times a day. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 8h 50m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $270
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $410
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $460
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $180
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $300
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $310
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $470
Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Tram from Downtown Long Beach Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Website
Metro Los Angeles
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
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Salinas Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
9h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$230 - $320
Flexi Coach Seat
$85 - $130
Business Seat
$90 - $130
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Phone
+1 831 423-5937
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Big Blue Bus
Phone
+1 310-451-5444
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
scmtd.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Night bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$27 - $40
Night bus from San Jose, Ca to Avenal, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$22 - $35
Flexible
$40 - $60
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $100
Bus from Santa Cruz, CA - Bus Station to Salinas, CA - Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$27 - $40
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $8
Schedules at
mst.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Avenal to Ucla
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Book at
megabus.com

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

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