Santa Cruz Travel Information

General Information on Santa Cruz

Travel Information for Santa Cruz and Beyond

||  Area Profiles

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||  Quick Reference

 •  Area Maps

 •  Tide Tables

 •  Fishing Reports

 •  Road Conditions or call CalTrans (800) 427-7623


|| Visitor Bureaus

•  Aptos Chamber of Commerce

•  Capitola Chamber of Commerce

•  Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce

•  Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce

||  Transportation

Road Conditions or call CalTrans (800) 427-7623

Local Transportation

•  Santa Cruz Metro  –  County bus system   (831) 425-8600

•  ABC Transportation (airport service)  
   2345 S Rodeo Gulch Rd., Santa Cruz, CA   (831) 477-0170

•  Early Bird Airport Shuttle (airport service)
   4525 Portola Dr., Santa Cruz, CA    (831) 462-3933

•  Deluxe Cab & "A" Cab Company
   6996 Ocean St Ext., Santa Cruz, CA   (831) 475-3232
   Taxicab Service Serving Santa Cruz, Capitola, Soquel, Aptos, Rio Del Mar, Seascape 


•  Municipal Airport
  100 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA. 95076   (831) 768 3575


•  Highway 17 Express –Santa Cruz Amtrak Connection


•  Greyhound Lines  –  800-231-2222

•  Highway 17 Express – Santa Cruz/Scott's Valley/San Jose

Charter Bus

•  Royal Coach Tours  –  (800)927-6925

•  West Valley Charter Lines, Inc.   
   240 Cristich Lane, Campbell  (408) 371-1230

Limousine Service








What’s on Tap


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 29, 2018 at 9am to 3pm.

Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2018

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 14, 2018 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 7, 2018

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2018

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2018

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA



For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.