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  •  5 h 21 min

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

$131 - $310

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Bus Boltbus  •  11 h 2 min

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

$31 - $48

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Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Burbank, tram  •  6 h 39 min

  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 - $368

Bus to Monterey, fly to Los Angeles  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca
  2. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MRY - LAX

$107 - $319

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  6 h 54 min

  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 - $311

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, tram  •  7 h 34 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$129 - $516

Bus Megabus  •  10 h 16 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6742 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

$37 - $70

Bus  •  10 h 17 min

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

$41 - $99

Bus, train  •  13 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6725 / ...
  2. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight

$67 - $185

Drive  •  5 h 50 min

  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 bus which costs $30 - $50 and takes 11 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica is to shuttle and fly which costs $130 - $310 and takes 5 h 21 min.

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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 Wilshire / 14th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 17 min.

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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 10 h 16 min and costs $35 - $70.

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It takes approximately 5 h 21 min 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 1 h 15 min.

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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 5 h 50 min to drive from Santa Cruz to Santa Monica.

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  • Distance: 286.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 21 min

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 San Jose, Ca, 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 10 h 16 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
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
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Salinas Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from Santa Cruz to SJC Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Book at
santacruzflyer.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
Bus from Santa Cruz, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $23
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $15
Flexible
$18 - $23
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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
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
Bus from Ocean & Water to Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
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 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
Boltbus
Phone
+1 1-877-265-8287
Website
boltbus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
boltbus.com

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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 2363+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $124 USD per night.

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

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