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Distance between Oakland and Santa Cruz

Driving non-stop from Oakland to Santa Cruz

How far is Santa Cruz from Oakland? Here's the quick answer if you drive this relatively short distance without making any stops.

Nonstop drive: 72 miles or 116 km

Driving time: 1 hour, 19 minutes

Even though you can drive this distance straight through, it might be more interesting to stop along the way. You can scroll down to calculate how many hours it would take if you drive with stops.

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Flying non-stop from Oakland to Santa Cruz

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Oakland, California and Santa Cruz, California. Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

Flight distance: 59 miles or 95 km

Flight time: 19 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 13 miles less than driving on roads, which means the driving distance is roughly 1.2x of the flight distance.

Your plane flies much faster than a car, so the flight time is about 1/2th of the time it would take to drive.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination.





Oakland to Santa Cruz road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Santa Cruz, and you want to stop on the way to explore. If it's a real road trip, you might want to check out interesting places along the way, or maybe eat at a great restaurant. That's what Trippy is perfect for, helping you figure out travel plans in detail.

Road trip: 1 day of driving

With the full itinerary planned out, we can estimate your total travel time for this trip.

Travel time: 2 hours on the road


Itinerary

Start in Oakland.

Drive for about 26 minutes, then stop in Hayward and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 19 minutes then stop in Fremont (California) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 12 minutes then stop at Mission Peak Regional Preserve and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 22 minutes then stop in San Jose and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 15 minutes then stop in Los Gatos and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 20 minutes then stop in Scotts Valley and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 11 minutes and arrive in Santa Cruz.


To see all the details on this itinerary, including recommended restaurants, hotels, and things to do along the way, check out the full road trip planner:





Plan a trip to Santa Cruz

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Santa Cruz, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Santa Cruz. A great place to eat might be Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Santa Cruz like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Santa Cruz like Activities during reunion in santa cruz. Click the button below to explore Santa Cruz in detail.





How far is it the other way?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line (or driving the same roads back and forth). But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse directions to get the distance from Santa Cruz to Oakland, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

If you happen to know Oakland, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Oakland!






At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 72 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 19 minutes
flight distance is 59 miles
flight time of 19 minutes
57 Oakland travel answers
85 Santa Cruz travel answers








   
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