|Walk/bike/drive||Pacific Station (Metro Center)|
|920 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz|
|Highway 17 Express||San Jose (Diridon) Station||1 hour||$4.00||1-2 hours|
|VTA 180/181 bus||Fremont BART Station||1 hour||$3.50||15-60 min|
|BART||Coliseum BART Station||25 min||$3.40||5-20 min|
|AC Transit 50 bus||Oakland Airport (OAK)||15 min||$1.75||15-30 min|
|4th Curb, between Terminals 1&2|
|Total travel time||3.5 hours|
|Latest departure time||9 PM|
|Latest return time||7:30 PM|
For a faster alternative involving the Amtrak Capitol Corridor’s new Oakland - Coliseum/Airport Station, see below. Total travel time is as little as 2.5 hours with the new alternative.
Please review the Santa Cruz to San Jose page. When you are finished with that page, use your Web browser’s
“Back” command to return here.
Please review the VTA 180/181 bus instructions on the Santa Cruz to Fremont page. Again, use the
“Back” command to return here.
You will use a Bay Area Rapid Transit train to get from Fremont to Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station. BART’s ultra-modern cars have comfortable seats and ample storage space.
Go right as you get off the 180 or 181 bus. Enter the station. Buy a $3.40 ticket from one of the metallic machines. Each passenger needs one.
After buying your ticket, find a fare gate. Insert your ticket into the slot on the front of the fare gate (the slot you want is always to your right), retrieve it from the slot on top, and go through. Keep the ticket; you will need it later.
Go up to the platform. Look for a green Next Train sign, and get on the indicated train. The destination doesn’t matter.
The agent will announce Coliseum/Oakland Airport. On the left, you will see the Coliseum (a modern, concrete stadium) and a parking lot.
After you get off the BART train, go downstairs. Find a white transfer machine, press the button, and take a BART-to-Bus transfer. Re-process your BART ticket in one of the fare gates. Exit the station on the left side, ignore the pricey AirBART shuttle, cross the street, and wait at the bus stop marked 50.
For a faster and more comfortable way to Oakland, use Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train. Higher cost and less frequent service are the only drawbacks. A direct Capitol Corridor trip from San Jose to Oakland costs twice as much as the bus + BART fare, and only 7 Capitol Corridor trains make the trip each day.
Please review the Capitol Corridor information on the Santa Cruz to Sacramento page. When you are finished with that page, use your Web browser’s
“Back” command to return here. Differences to note:
After you get off the Capitol Corridor train, follow the station roadway. When you reach the main street, San Leandro Street, turn left. Wait at the bus stop marked 50. Ignore the pricey AirBART shuttle across the street.
You will use the Alameda - Contra Costa Transit Route 50 bus to the Airport.
The AC Transit 50 bus makes one stop at the Airport, between Terminals 1 and 2. For Terminal 2, which serves Southwest Airlines, walk in the same direction as the bus. For Terminal 1, which serves all other airlines, walk in the opposite direction.
The original 1920s airport and an important aviation museum are hidden away near the present-day rental car center. Catch the free rental car shuttle bus from the 4th Curb (near where you got off the AC Transit bus). As you walk off the rental car property you will come to Earhart Road. Cross the street, turn left, and walk a few blocks.
The Western Aerospace Museum will be on your left, back across Earhart Road. If you continue on Earhart Road, you will see Hangar 5 on your right. This, and the buildings that follow, make up the historic airport.
Photos: Historic Hangar 5; the courtyard of the old airport hotel; a Shorts Solent flying boat on display outside the Western Aerospace Museum. / /
Follow the ground transportation signs. The bus stop is between Terminals 1 and 2, on the 4th Curb (you will cross three roadways).
There are two different Route 50 buses. Always ask the driver whether the bus is going toward the Coliseum BART Station.
Coliseum BART Station is a major stop. Look for the Coliseum, the parking lot, and a dramatic concrete freeway overpass.
If you are returning home on the Capitol Corridor, skip ahead to the Capitol Corridor instructions.
If you are returning on BART, enter the BART station, which will be on your right. Buy a $3.40 BART ticket and process it in one of the fare gates. Red signs and automated announcements indicate where the trains are going. Get on the next Fremont train. Avoid all other trains.
Fremont is the last stop. An agent will announce it.
After getting off the BART train, go downstairs. Find a white transfer machine, press the button, and take a transfer. Re-process your ticket in a fare gate on the side opposite the glass booth. Turn right and leave the building. The VTA 180/181 bus stop is straight ahead.
Hand the (new) transfer to the bus driver and deposit $1.75 in the farebox ($3.50 if you forgot to get a transfer).
If you are returning on the Capitol Corridor, do not enter the BART Station when you get off the AC Transit 50 bus. Instead, cross the street and walk to the Capitol Corridor station. If you do not have a Capitol Corridor ticket, you can buy one on the train, from the train conductor. (Since there is no ticket counter or ticket machine at this station, there is no penalty.) Red signs indicate where the trains are going. Get on the next San Jose train. Avoid all other trains.
Plan flights and ground transportation together. Tips:
For the Highway 17 Express, dial 1 877 9-RIDE-CC (nationwide, toll-free). Ask for schedules between Santa Cruz and Oakland. For other transportation services, dial 511 (San Francisco Bay Area, toll-free) or 1 408 817-1717.
The information on this Web page might be incomplete, out of date, or incorrect. Also, there is always a risk of delays and missed connections.
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