Cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, CA

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How much are train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, CA?

Lowest Price£24.36
Fastest3h 27m
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How do you find cheap train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, CA?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from San Francisco to Santa Cruz was £24.36. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, CA?

The distance between San Francisco and Santa Cruz is approximately 59.34 miles, or 95.47 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 4 hours and 17 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 27 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest day for trains from San Francisco to Santa Cruz?

On Friday trains from San Francisco to Santa Cruz are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Monday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

What train companies travel from San Francisco to Santa Cruz?

Typically there are 3 schedules to compare for your trip to Santa Cruz. One train carrier operates regular service on the San Francisco to Santa Cruz route. Amtrak offers the most scheduled departures between San Francisco to Santa Cruz, usually offering 3 trips per day. On this route there are no direct schedules. This means that along your journey from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, you will need to disembark from the first train and board a connecting train. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may be responsible for transferring your own checked luggage, but you will definitely need to bring your hand luggage.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Coach tickets from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, CA, which start at £10.05.

One train company connects San Francisco to Santa Cruz

Amtrak

Amtrak train tickets from San Francisco to Santa Cruz start from £24.36, and on average cost £24.36. Daily there are 3 Amtrak schedules to Santa Cruz. Amtrak in San Francisco leaves from 425 Mission St and one other station. And in Santa Cruz trains arrive at Metro Center 920 Pacific Ave,

From San Francisco to Santa Cruz train travel on Amtrak takes 4 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Santa Cruz faster, Amtrak offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 27 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Amtrak offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay £24.36 for a one-way train ticket to Santa Cruz.

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Avg. Time
4h 18m
Avg. Price
£24.36

Plan your next adventure

There are 2 train stations in San Francisco with trains to Santa Cruz. For this route, the busiest departing train stations are:
  • 425 Mission St
  • 5 Embarcadero Ctr - Corner of California & Drumm St
There is one train station where trains from San Francisco arrive in Santa Cruz:
  • Metro Center 920 Pacific Ave

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