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Oceanside-Santa Cruz Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Oceanside to Santa Cruz. Traveling by train from Oceanside to Santa Cruz usually takes around 16 hours and 50 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 12 hours and 42 minutes.

Distance370 mi (596 km)
Fastest train12h 42m
Lowest price€53.16
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
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What is the price of a train ticket from Oceanside to Santa Cruz?

In the last month, €60.34 was the average price of a train ticket from Oceanside, CA to Santa Cruz, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €21.84 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

€86€57€29JunJun

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Oceanside to Santa Cruz will vary between €59 and €80. Planning a train trip to Santa Cruz within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Oceanside over the next 7 days is €61. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

€82€66€49€33€16JASONDJFMAMJ

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Oceanside to Santa Cruz by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for April. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €61 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Oceanside to Santa Cruz in November, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €66 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

€82€66€49€33€163020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Santa Cruz from Oceanside will be about €21.84 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Oceanside to Santa Cruz?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Oceanside, California to Santa Cruz, California. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak316h 51m€65.25
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 3 Amtrak trains from Oceanside to Santa Cruz every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from €53.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Oceanside to Santa Cruz during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Oceanside to Santa Cruz?

While the train is the main method of transportation from Oceanside to Santa Cruz, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

How long is the train journey from Oceanside to Santa Cruz?

The distance between Oceanside and Santa Cruz is approximately 370 miles, or 596 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 16 hours and 50 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 12 hours and 42 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Oceanside to Santa Cruz are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Oceanside at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 22:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Oceanside to Santa Cruz?

There are 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Santa Cruz to Oceanside. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Oceanside to Santa Cruz for €44.33.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Oceanside?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Oceanside.

Where is the train station in Santa Cruz?

Arrival stations

Santa Cruz has one train station.

Need a return trip from Santa Cruz to Oceanside?

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