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Buses from San Francisco to Santa Cruz

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San Francisco - Santa Cruz Bus Schedule

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Journey Information

There is one daily bus from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. Traveling by bus from San Francisco to Santa Cruz usually takes around one hour and 45 minutes, but some buses might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled depending on traffic conditions.

Distance59 mi (95 km)
Shortest duration1h 45m
Cheapest price$12.99
Trips per day1
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines1

What bus companies travel from San Francisco to Santa Cruz?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. FlixBus US is the only company that has bus schedules available to search and book at the moment. It only makes the trip once a day on most days.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US11h 45m$12.99
  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment. On average, FlixBus US operates 1 trips per day from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Francisco to Santa Cruz during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

How long is the bus ride from San Francisco to Santa Cruz?

The bus takes an average of one hour and 45 minutes to cover the 59 miles from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short bus trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Travel trends tend to vary greatly for bus trips from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Francisco?

There is usually only one bus per day from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. It leaves the station in San Francisco at 11:00am each day. The time might vary for specific dates, so be sure to search on Wanderu for the most up-to-date information.

How many bus schedules are there most days?

There is usually only one bus per day from San Francisco to Santa Cruz. Fortunately, this happens to be a direct bus, meaning that you do not have to get on a different bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Francisco to Santa Cruz; ticket prices start at $31.50.

City Information

San Francisco

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San Francisco, CA - SFO-1

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Located in the heart of Northern California's Bay Area, San Francisco is a geographically small but culturally huge city known for its historic cable cars, active waterfront, and the eclectic mix of hippies and techies who call it home. While it might be one of the most expensive U.S. cities to live in, San Fran can actually be very cheap to visit, and there is no shortage of unique sights to see.

If the city's omnipresent fog (nicknamed "Karl the Fog" by locals) takes a break, the best views and Instagram photo ops of the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge are found in Golden Gate Park. Stroll through the oldest Chinatown in North America to find the perfect dim sum, or if you and your boo prefer a little Full House moment, try a romantic picnic at Alamo Square Park in front of the Victorian "Painted Ladies." After all, San Francisco is one of the best vacation destinations for couples.

Since the city is condensed onto a small peninsula, exploring by bike is an efficient and scenic way to get around. When you’re ready to travel beyond city limits, San Francisco is a convenient hub for trips throughout Northern California. It's actually the first stop on Wanderu's West Coast Wine Tour, with the next stop, obviously, in Napa Valley. Whether traveling by bus, train, or through either of the two nearby airports, San Francisco is a can't-miss destination.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Francisco?

Main departure station: Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

Most buses depart from the main station in San Francisco.

All bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Caltrain Station - 5th & Townsend St

Where does the bus arrive in Santa Cruz?

Main arrival station: Metro Center - 920 Pacific Ave

All buses from San Francisco arrive at one main station in Santa Cruz.

All bus stations in Santa Cruz:

  • Metro Center - 920 Pacific Ave

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