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Getting to Santa Cruz

Getting to santa cruz


An easy drive south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz County's small-town charm and idyllic beach communities offer the quintessential California vacation. Santa Cruz County is easily accessible by car via Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains, or California's scenic Highway 1. Santa Cruz County is served directly by bus. The nearest major airport is San Jose International Airport, 30 miles northeast of Santa Cruz. The nearest train depot is also located in San Jose. San Francisco International Airport is approximately 60 miles north of Santa Cruz.

Once you arrive, car-rentals and a comfortable public transportation system provided by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District make your adventures in the county a little more accessible. Cruz511 is a service of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission designed to be a one-stop shop for transportation users as well as a go-to place for information about emergencies that impact the transportation system. Travelers will find information on best routes, places to lock your bike, even places to charge your electric car!

View a map of Santa Cruz County or download a printable version of the map.



San Francisco International Airport
Phone: 800.435.9736 or 650.821.8211 
806 South Airport Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94128
Driving Directions

San Jose Mineta-San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Phone: 408.392.3600 
1701 Airport Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110 
Driving Directions


Other Transportation & Visitor Information


Airport Shuttle Service

Early Bird Airport Shuttle
4525 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Phone: 831.462.3933
Fax: 831.462.6946
Private door-to-door airport transportation. Exclusive, reliable, professional and safe. Operates 24 hours a day! Internet Wi-fi. Open daily for reservations, 9am - 6pm


Parking Information

City of Santa Cruz
Parking information, electric car charging, bike lockers and more...


Local Bus Service

Highway 17 Express
San Jose to Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
Catch the Santa Cruz Metro's Highway 17 Express at San Jose's Diridion Station. Leaves numerous times daily.
Bus Schedules


Road Conditions

For current road conditions, call the CalTrans (California Department of Transportation)
(800) 427-ROAD

Local Highways
Highway 1
Highway 9
Highway 17
Highway 129
Highway 152


Weather and Road Information

National Weather Service/Monterey
(831) 656-1725


Pacific Yachting and Sailing

Sailing school and charter company since 1979. Offers complete certification, skippered charters, team building.