There are 6 ways to get from Stanford University to Santa Cruz by train, bus, night bus, taxi, car 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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Caltrain, bus  •  1 h 56 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$8 - $28

Cheapest option

Line 522 bus, bus  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & Montgomery 522 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6725 / ...

$5 - $25

4 alternative options

Line 522 bus, night bus  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & Montgomery 522 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca 6739

$12 - $23

Taxi  •  54 min

  1. Take a taxi from Stanford University to Santa Cruz 43.1 miles

$240 - $290

Drive  •  54 min

  1. Drive from Stanford University to Santa Cruz 43.1 miles

$4 - $7

Uber  •  54 min

  1. Take an Uber from Stanford University to Santa Cruz 43.1 miles

$65 - $90

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The cheapest way to get from Stanford University to Santa Cruz is to drive which costs $4 - $7 and takes 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Stanford University to Santa Cruz is to taxi which costs $240 - $290 and takes 54 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Stanford University to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Stanford Oval and arriving at Santa Cruz, Ca via Palo Alto Caltrain Station and San Jose, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 44 min.

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The distance between Stanford University and Santa Cruz is 32 miles. The road distance is 43.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Stanford University to Santa Cruz without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 1 h 56 min and costs $8 - $28.

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It takes approximately 1 h 56 min to get from Stanford University to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Stanford University to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, arrive at Palo Alto Caltrain Station.

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Stanford University to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Santa Cruz, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Stanford University to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 32.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 56 min

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

You can take a bus from Stanford University to Santa Cruz via Stanford Oval, Palo Alto Transit Center, Palo Alto Caltrain Station, Santa Clara & Montgomery, and San Jose, Ca in around 2 h 44 min.

Train operators
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 San Jose, Ca to Santa Cruz, Ca
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $21
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2
Ave. Duration
58 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 San Jose, CA to Santa Cruz, CA
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Stanford University to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$65 - $90
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$65 - $90
UberX
$65 - $90
WAV
$65 - $90
UberXL
$100 - $130
Select
$140 - $180
Black
$190 - $240
Black SUV
$210 - $270
Taxi from Stanford University to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
54 min
Estimated price
$240 - $290
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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