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There are 8 ways to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz by plane, shuttle, train, bus, taxi 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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Fly Washington Dulles to San Francisco, shuttle  •  8h 9m

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

$228 - $543

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Fly Washington Dulles to Sacramento, train, bus  •  12h 10m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Sacramento (SMF) IAD - SMF
  2. Take the train from Sacramento Valley Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  3. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean

$207 - $600

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Fly Washington Dulles to San Jose, shuttle  •  9h 38m

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

$239 - $829

Fly Reagan Washington to San Francisco, shuttle  •  10h 41m

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

$224 - $616

Bus  •  2 days 22h

  1. Take the bus from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Take the bus from Pittsburgh, Pa to Las Vegas, Nv
  3. Take the bus from Las Vegas, Nv to San Jose, Ca
  4. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$300 - $429

Megabus, taxi, train, bus  •  3 days 4h

  1. Take the Megabus from Washington Dulles Airport to Front Royal
  2. Take a taxi from Front Royal to Harpers Ferry Amtrak
  3. Take the train from Harpers Ferry Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
  4. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station
  5. Take the train from Emeryville Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  6. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$405 - $577

Train, bus  •  3 days 11h

  1. Take the train from Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
  2. Take the train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Emeryville Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
  4. Take the bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean 17

$340 - $486

Drive  •  44h 55m

  1. Drive from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz 2886.6 miles

$280 - $410

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The cheapest way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz is to fly and train and bus which costs $200 - $600 and takes 12h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz is to fly and shuttle which costs $220 - $550 and takes 8h 9m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz. However, there are services departing from Washington Dulles Airport and arriving at Water & Ocean via Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Pa, Las Vegas, Nv and Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 22h.

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The distance between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) and Santa Cruz is 2422 miles. The road distance is 2886.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 22h and costs $300 - $430.

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It takes approximately 8h 9m to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz, including transfers.

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Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Washington DC station.

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The quickest flight from Washington Dulles Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 5h 24m.

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Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz bus services, operated by Santa Cruz Metro, arrive at Water & Ocean station.

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Santa Cruz is 3h behind Washington Dulles Airport (IAD). It is currently 11:14 PM in Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) and 8:14 PM in Santa Cruz.

Map of how to get from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz.
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  • Distance: 2422.2 miles
  • Duration: 8h 9m

What companies run services between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), USA and Santa Cruz, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz via Washington DC, Pittsburgh, PA, Pittsburgh, Pa, Las Vegas, Nv, San Jose, Ca, and Diridon Station in around 2 days 22h.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Eagle
Ave. Duration
7h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
9h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
7h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
7h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,300
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
8h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
8h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Detroit
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 44m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 59m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Detroit
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Salt Lake City
Ave. Duration
7h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 46m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$270 - $1,000
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,200
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Denver
Ave. Duration
8h 51m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$240 - $850
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Denver
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $1,300
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Milwaukee
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via St. Louis
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Dallas
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,200
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
5h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Seattle
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Francisco via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
7h 54m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $950
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to Sacramento via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
7h 48m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $750
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 Sacramento Valley Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
3h 8m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Harpers Ferry Amtrak to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
16h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Premium
$280 - $390
Flexi Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Business Seat
$160 - $230
Train from Chicago Union Station to Emeryville Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 days 4h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $300
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$210 - $300
Premium
$550 - $750
Flexi Coach Seat
$450 - $700
Business Seat
$490 - $700
Train from Emeryville Amtrak Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $55
Business Seat
$30 - $45
Train from Alexandria Amtrak Station to Chicago Union Station
Ave. Duration
23h 41m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Premium
$310 - $430
Flexi Coach Seat
$180 - $280
Business Seat
$200 - $280
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 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$54 - $55
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Shuttle from SJC Airport to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Santa Cruz
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$38
Schedules at
santacruzflyer.com
Santa Cruz Metro
Website
scmtd.com
Bus from Diridon Station to Water & Ocean
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
scmtd.com
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from Washington DC to Pittsburgh, PA
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Book at
megabus.com
Bus from Washington Dulles Airport to Front Royal
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7 - $17
Book at
megabus.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 Pittsburgh, Pa to Las Vegas, Nv
Ave. Duration
47h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$210 - $290
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$210 - $290
Flexible
$300 - $430
Bus from Las Vegas, Nv to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$55 - $80
Flexible
$90 - $130
Other operators
Taxi from Front Royal to Harpers Ferry Amtrak
Ave. Duration
52m
Estimated price
$85 - $110
Taxi USA
Phone
+1 540-662-1199
Website
taxiusainc.com
Polly's Cab, inc
Phone
+1 540-662-4111
Website
pollyscabinc.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz is 2887 miles. It takes approximately 44h 55m to drive from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to Santa Cruz.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., Southwest Airlines, Delta and United Airlines offer flights from Washington Dulles Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 114+ hotels available in Santa Cruz. Prices start at $125 USD per night.

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