May 1-3, 2009
Getting to Santa Cruz


From San Jose International Airport (SJC):

The closest major airport to Santa Cruz is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). You may get from SJC to Santa Cruz by car, public transportation, or private shuttle. To get from SJC to Santa Cruz by car, take Route 880 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz [Yahoo! or Google map].

To get from SJC to Santa Cruz via public transportation, two options are available:

1.) The Highway 17 Express runs between San Jose Diridon Station and Santa Cruz Metro Center and costs $4 for a one-way ticket. To get to Diridon Station, you have two options:
2.) Greyhound runs from the San Jose Greyhound Station to the Santa Cruz Metro Center and costs $6 for an advance-purchase one-way ticket, $7.50 non-advance purchase. To get to the Greyhound Station, you have two options:
To get from SJC to Santa Cruz via a direct, private shuttle, several options are available. UCSC has pricing agreements with two transportation companies: ABC Sedans and Limos and Early Bird Shuttle. In order to take advantage of these special rates, you should first contact the Linguistics Research Center (lrc@ling.ucsc.edu) to get the relevant UCSC agreement number. Rates do not include parking, service fees, or gratuities.
Other airport shuttle options without UCSC pricing agreements include:
For a fuller list of shuttle companies providing transportation from SJC, see http://www.sjc.org/travelers/d2d.php. The prices of these vary greatly; the estimated cost of travel from San Jose to Santa Cruz is $70. Be sure to make reservations in advance.

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From San Francisco International Airport (SFO):

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the primary international airport that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are flying internationally, you will most likely find much greater availability and cheaper tickets by flying into SFO. Although SFO is farther from Santa Cruz than San Jose, it is still very easy to get from SFO to Santa Cruz. If you will be travelling by car, take Route 101 south to Route 85 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz [Yahoo! or Google map].

To get from SFO to Santa Cruz via public transportation, take BART from the SFO BART Station to the Millbrae BART Station ($1.50 for a one-way ticket). Transfer to Caltrain, and go Southbound to San Jose Diridon Station ($6 for a one-way ticket). Take the Highway 17 Express from Diridon Station to the Santa Cruz Metro Center ($4 for a one-way ticket).

To get from SFO to Santa Cruz via a direct, private shuttle, several options are available. UCSC has pricing agreements with two transportation companies: ABC Sedans and Limos and Early Bird Shuttle. In order to take advantage of these special rates, you should first contact the Linguistics Research Center (lrc@ling.ucsc.edu) to get the relevant UCSC agreement number. Rates do not include parking, service fees, or gratuities.
Other airport shuttle options without UCSC pricing agreements include:
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From Northern California:

If you are travelling by car, take Route 5 south to Route 80 west to Route 680 south to Route 280 north, and then take Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. If you prefer to travel by public transportation, take Greyhound or the Amtrak Capitol Corridor service.

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From Southern or Central California:

If you are travelling by car, take Route 101 north to Route 156 west to Route 1 north, and then follow Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. If you prefer to travel by public transportation, take Greyhound.

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Information is up-to-date as of January 2009.