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There are 8 ways to get from Toronto to Santa Cruz by plane, taxi, shuttle, train, bus or car

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Recommended option

Fly Toronto to Monterey, taxi  •  10h 39m

  1. Fly from Toronto (YYZ) to Monterey (MRY) YYZ - MRY
  2. Take a taxi from Monterey to Santa Cruz

Cheapest option

Fly Toronto to San Jose, shuttle  •  11h 51m

  1. Fly from Toronto (YYZ) to San Jose (SJC) YYZ - SJC
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

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Fly Toronto to San Francisco, shuttle  •  10h 47m

  1. Fly from Toronto (YYZ) to San Francisco (SFO) YYZ - SFO
  2. Take a shuttle bus from SFO Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

Fly Toronto to Oakland, train, bus  •  13h 34m

  1. Fly from Toronto (YYZ) to Oakland (OAK) YYZ - OAK
  2. Take the train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to San Jose
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean

Train to Watford Rail Station, fly to San Jose, shuttle  •  13h 29m

  1. Take the train from Toronto Union Station to London
  2. Fly from Watford Rail Station (XWA) to San Jose (SJC) XWA - SJC
  3. Take a shuttle bus from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz

Train, bus  •  2 days 20h

  1. Take the train from Toronto Union Station to Windsor
  2. Take the train from Detroit to Chicago Union Station
  3. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville
  4. Take the train from Emeryville to San Jose
  5. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

Bus  •  3 days 18h

  1. Take the bus from Toronto, ON to Buffalo, NY
  2. Take the bus from Buffalo to Newark
  3. Take the bus from Newark to Los Angeles
  4. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
  5. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

Drive  •  42h 6m

  1. Drive from Toronto to Santa Cruz 2708.9 miles

Toronto to Santa Cruz by train, car and bus

The journey time between Toronto and Santa Cruz is around 3 days 3h and covers a distance of around 3011 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 11h 56m. The fastest journey normally takes 3 days 2h. Operated by VIA Rail, Amtrak and Santa Cruz Metro, the Toronto to Santa Cruz service departs from Toronto Union Station and arrives in Water & Ocean. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
2 days 15h
Layover time:
11h 56m
Total time:
3 days 3h

Route information

Fastest journey time:
3 days 2h
Journey distance:
3011 miles
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
$341
Carbon emissions:
257 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
19:45
Last service departs at:
19:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Toronto to Santa Cruz train, car and bus schedules

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International entry into United States from Canada

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Allowed for: All visitors arriving by air. Canada and Mexico land borders are closed to non-essential travel

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Conditions of entry into United States from Canada

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days prior to boarding for air passengers 2 years of age or older
  • Unvaccinated travellers are recommended to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days; take a COVID-19 test 3 days after arriving. If test is positive arrivals need to self-isolate until fully recovered
  • Vaccinated travellers are recommended to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel; self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms develop
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Rules to follow in United States

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Considerations leaving from Canada

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering United States from Canada.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Santa Cruz is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Santa Cruz is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Santa Cruz is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Canada from United States.

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Last updated: 14 Sep 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Toronto to Santa Cruz is to fly and shuttle which costs $230 - $650 and takes 11h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Toronto to Santa Cruz is to fly and taxi which costs $550 - $1,700 and takes 10h 39m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Toronto to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Toronto, ON and arriving at Water & Ocean via BNIA Drway & BNIA Terminal, Buffalo, Newark, Los Angeles and Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 days 18h.

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The distance between Toronto and Santa Cruz is 2281 miles. The road distance is 2708.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Toronto to Santa Cruz without a car is to bus which takes 3 days 18h and costs $490 - $750.

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It takes approximately 10h 39m to get from Toronto to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Toronto to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by OurBus, depart from Toronto, ON station.

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There is no direct flight from Toronto Airport to Monterey Airport. The quickest flight takes 7h 27m and has one stopover.

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Toronto to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Cruz Metro, arrive at Water & Ocean station.

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Santa Cruz is 3h behind Toronto. It is currently 5:21 AM in Toronto and 2:21 AM in Santa Cruz.

Map of how to get from Toronto to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 2281.1 miles
  • Duration: 10h 39m

What companies run services between Toronto, ON, Canada and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Toronto to Santa Cruz via BNIA Drway & BNIA Terminal, Washington St & South Division St, Buffalo, Newark, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Diridon Station in around 3 days 18h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
10h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,400
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,400
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via Washington Dulles, Denver
Ave. Duration
10h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $1,300
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via Milwaukee, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via St. Louis, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
8h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,000
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
10h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
10h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Kansas City, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Pittsburgh, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Detroit, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Milwaukee, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 37m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Watford Rail Station to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $550
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 19m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$340 - $550
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Calgary
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
9h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Minneapolis, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
12h 32m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Detroit, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
12h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$390 - $650
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
9h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $650
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Minneapolis, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
12h 56m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$400 - $650
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Detroit, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
13h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $650
Flights from Watford Rail Station to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 3m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $420
Flights from Watford Rail Station to San Jose via Minneapolis, Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
10h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $420
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Kansas City
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $700
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Nashville
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Watford Rail Station to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $470
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $1,400
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Vancouver
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Montreal
Ave. Duration
8h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $650
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 7m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,200
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Kansas City, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $800
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Detroit, Denver
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $800
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Toronto to Monterey via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $700
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 43m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $700
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8h 21m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,100
WestJet
Website
westjet.com
Flights from Toronto to San Francisco via Calgary
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Toronto to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$290 - $650
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,300
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
7h 26m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,300
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Toronto to Oakland via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,300
Train operators
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 Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Detroit to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $300
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Seat
$75 - $110
Train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville
Ave. Duration
2 days 4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Premium
$550 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $700
Business Seat
$490 - $700
Train from Emeryville to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $55
Business Seat
$30 - $45
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Toronto Union Station to London
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$25 - $40
Business
$70 - $85
Economy
$46 - $49
EconomyPlus
$60 - $85
Train from Toronto Union Station to Windsor
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $140
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$40 - $55
Business
$90 - $120
Economy
$65 - $75
EconomyPlus
$100 - $140
Bus operators
Santa Cruz Flyer
Phone
+1 831 423-5937
Website
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SFO Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$53 - $55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
scmtd.com
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Toronto, ON to Buffalo, NY
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Book at
ourbus.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 Buffalo to Newark
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $110
Bus from Newark to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 days 15h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$270 - $380
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$270 - $380
Flexible
$380 - $550
Bus from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$45 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $110
Other operators
Taxi from Monterey to Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
47 min
Estimated price
$150 - $180
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 831-424-1234
Website
yellowcab1234.com
Sal's Salinas Taxi Co
Phone
+1 831-422-7276

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Yes, the driving distance between Toronto to Santa Cruz is 2709 miles. It takes approximately 42h 6m to drive from Toronto to Santa Cruz.

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American Airlines, Air Canada and United Airlines offer flights from Toronto Airport to Monterey Airport.

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There are 74+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Toronto to Toronto Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs $2 - $13.

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