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Santa Cruz Airports

There are 3 major airports that we recommend for commercial flights into Santa Cruz. You can research nonstop direct flights into multiple airports, whether you're flying international or domestic, using connecting flights, or even landing at a smaller local executive airport in your private jet charter. Plan out your transporation to get from the airport to downtown, and look for hotels and things to do in Santa Cruz.


What are the best airports in Santa Cruz to fly into?

The major airports that people talk about in and around Santa Cruz are:

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport  (SJC / KSJC)
33 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Phoenix, and Portland.
Monterey Regional Airport  (MRY / KMRY)
43 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with domestic flights from cities like Las Vegas, Denver, San Francisco, and San Diego.
San Francisco International Airport  (SFO / KSFO)
61 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like London, Atlanta, New York, and Seoul.

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Airports with international flights

Here are some of the airports with international flights serving Santa Cruz:

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport  (SJC / KSJC)
33 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Tokyo and San Jose del Cabo.
San Francisco International Airport  (SFO / KSFO)
61 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Chek Lap Kok, Taipei, Puerto Vallarta, and Shanghai.
Oakland International Airport  (OAK / KOAK)
65 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Stockholm.
Sacramento International Airport  (SMF / KSMF)
151 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, and Denver.
Fresno Yosemite International Airport  (FAT / KFAT)
161 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Dallas, and Las Vegas.
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Airports with domestic flights

Here are some of the airports with domestic flights serving Santa Cruz:

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport  (SJC / KSJC)
33 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, and Seattle.
Monterey Regional Airport  (MRY / KMRY)
43 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with domestic flights from cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, and San Francisco.
San Francisco International Airport  (SFO / KSFO)
61 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Atlanta, New York, Dallas, and Seattle.
Oakland International Airport  (OAK / KOAK)
65 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with international and domestic flights from cities like Portland, Seattle, Phoenix, and Honolulu.
Stockton Metropolitan Airport  (SCK / KSCK)
99 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with domestic flights from cities like Las Vegas.
Merced Regional Airport  (MCE / KMCE)
122 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz, with domestic flights
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Airports with local flights

Here are some of the airports with local flights for your private jet charter into Santa Cruz:

Watsonville Municipal Airport  (WVI / KWVI)
16 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Marina Municipal Airport  (OAR / KOAR)
25 miles from Santa Cruz
Sallisaw Municipal Airport  (JSV / KJSV)
36 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County  (RHV / KRHV)
37 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Moffett Federal Airfield  (NUQ / KNUQ)
38 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Salinas Municipal Airport  (SNS / KSNS)
41 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Palo Alto Airport of Santa Clara County  (PAO / KPAO)
43 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Hollister Municipal Airport  (HLI)
47 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
San Carlos Airport  (SQL / KSQL)
51 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
Carmel Valley Airport  (ZXR)
57 miles driving distance from Santa Cruz
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Get from the airport to your hotel in Santa Cruz

You can research transportation from the airport to your hotel by taxi, bus, train, or Uber. Here are some of the most popular hotels in Santa Cruz.

Hostel Santa Cruz Hostel Society
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
Santa Cruz Riviera Travelodge
about 50 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
The Santa Cruz Dream Inn - a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
Super 8 Santa Cruz/Beach/Boardwalk West
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO

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Things to do in Santa Cruz

Plan your trip around popular attractions, and figure out how to get to and from the airport and around your destination. Here are some of the top mentioned places to check out in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
Natural Bridges State Beach
about 52 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
The Mystery Spot
about 47 miles from SJC, 53 miles from MRY, or 66 miles from SFO
Santa Cruz Beach
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO
Seabright State Beach
about 51 miles from SJC, 50 miles from MRY, or 68 miles from SFO

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Read more about Santa Cruz

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Santa Cruz locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Santa Cruz.

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