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Best way to get from SFO to Santa Cruz CA

Find the best ways to travel from SFO to Santa Cruz CA. You can also request a ride directly in the app at the tap of a button.

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Wondering how to get from SFO Airport to Santa Cruz? Here, we'll guide you through several options that cater to different needs, ensuring your travel is as smooth as possible.

Uber: Request an Uber ride and arrive at your destination in about 73 minutes. This journey will cost about $103 and cover a distance of 63 miles.

Public transportation: Take the Caltrain and a bus to get from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz. The average travel time for this route is approximately 3 hours and 8 minutes, and the cost is between $16 and $26.

Private bus: A private bus offers another choice of transportation options from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Santa Cruz. The average trip duration and price are similar to the taxi option, at approximately 1 hour and $13 respectively.

Bus: Another bus option is available from Diridon Station to Santa Cruz Metro Center - Lane 2. The expected duration is around 3 hours and 8 minutes, with the price ranging from $16 to $26.

Note: The travel times and costs are approximate and subject to change depending on traffic conditions and other factors. Updated October 1, 2023.

Reserve a ride in advance to Santa Cruz CA

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber to get from SFO to Santa Cruz CA. Request a ride up to 90 days before your trip, at any time and on any day of the year.

Reserve may not be available for your pickup location.

Getting from SFO to Santa Cruz CA

When you ride with Uber on your next trip from SFO to Santa Cruz CA, you’ve got choices. Whether you’re traveling alone or with others, find a ride option that fits your needs and budget. If you like to plan ahead, consider scheduling a ride to Santa Cruz CA in advance. Or you can request a ride on demand from SFO in the Uber app.

The route your driver takes might depend on the time of day and other factors, like traffic and how many other riders are making requests. You can have a stress-free ride knowing that the Uber app will suggest the most efficient route to your driver.

Average Travel Time

1.2 hours

Average Route Price


Average Route Distance

63 miles

How to get from SFO to Santa Cruz CA

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Sample rider prices are estimates only and do not reflect variations due to geography, traffic delays, promotions, or other factors. Flat rates and minimum fees may apply. Actual prices for rides and scheduled rides may vary.

Frequently asked questions

  • The Uber app gives you the power to request a ride from SFO anytime, 24/7.

  • The average price for this trip is $102. Open the Uber app and input Santa Cruz CA in the “Where to?” box. The price estimate for each ride option will appear; scroll to see what’s available. Prices will vary based on time of day and how many riders are making requests.

  • The most affordable ride choice from SFO to Santa Cruz CA is UberX.

  • The average duration for this ride is 73 minutes. Before a trip starts, your app gives an estimated time of arrival (ETA) for when your driver is likely to arrive at SFO. After your trip starts, your app provides an ETA for when you are likely to arrive at Santa Cruz CA. Please note: ETAs are not guaranteed; various factors like heavy traffic or road construction could affect travel time.

  • The average trip from SFO to Santa Cruz CA using the Uber app is about 63 miles.

  • If Uber Reserve is an option in the Uber app at SFO, you can request a ride from SFO anywhere from 2 hours to 90 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year. Uber’s ride-scheduling technology and Uber Reserve can help you be on time.

  • Check in the Uber app to see if car rentals are available at SFO. If you see the Rent icon, you can complete your reservation using the Uber app. Then you can rent a car and drive yourself to Santa Cruz CA. To get more details, go to

The data presented on this page represents historical average prices, durations, and distances for routes. Actual prices, durations, and distances may vary based on factors such as location, traffic conditions, and other variables. Information provided here is for reference purposes only and should not be considered as binding.