Plan a Road Trip  
Where to Stay  
Ask a Question  Log In

Distance between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay

Driving non-stop from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay

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

Nonstop drive: 48 miles or 77 km

Driving time: 1 hour, 2 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.

Rooms:     Travelers:
  Change your route

Flying non-stop from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay

Now let's assume you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line between Santa Cruz, California and Half Moon Bay, 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: 40 miles or 65 km

Flight time: 11 minutes

The straight line flight distance is 8 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 1/3th 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. Scroll down to see a more realistic calculation that takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay road trip

Let's say you're actually planning a road trip to Half Moon Bay, 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: 1.5 hours on the road


Start in Santa Cruz.

Drive for about 9 minutes, then stop at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and stay for about 1 hour. Next, drive for another 20 minutes then stop in Davenport (California) and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 19 minutes then stop at Año Nuevo State Park and stay for 1 hour. Drive for 26 minutes then stop at San Gregorio State Beach and stay for 1 hour.

Finally, drive for about 20 minutes and arrive in Half Moon Bay.

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:

Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay airports and flights

In the quick calculation above, we assumed you had a private plane and just wanted to know the time in the air from city to city. But for most of us, we're going to be flying on a commercial airline (whether it's first class or coach). So that means we really need to account for all the extra travel time getting to the airport, waiting for our flight, and making it to the destination.

To give you a better estimate of real-life travel, we've put together a flight itinerary with actual airports. Eventually you'll be able to customize this plan, choosing your own airports and flights. But for now, here's an example we've selected to give you an idea of how traveling might work between airports.

Departure airport: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)

Arrival airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

With the airports selected, we can estimate the travel time to and from the airport, based on how far the airport is from downtown.

Getting to the airport: 82 minutes

Getting to your destination: 33 minutes

Now finally, let's look at an actual flight from SJC to SFO and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

Commercial flight time: 21 minutes

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 4 hours

To see the details on this flight plan, including recommended airports, airline, and route, check out the flight planner:

Plan a trip to Half Moon Bay

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Half Moon Bay, California. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Half Moon Bay. A great place to eat might be Sam's Chowder House. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Half Moon Bay like Montara State Beach. Check out some of the questions people have asked about Half Moon Bay like Super nice, conveniently-located hotel for girls weekend in June. Click the button below to explore Half Moon Bay 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 Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz, or go to the main page to calculate the distance between cities.

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

Return to top of page
At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 48 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 2 minutes
flight distance is 40 miles
flight time of 11 minutes
79 Santa Cruz travel answers
39 Half Moon Bay travel answers

Get Driving Directions

© 2017   ·   View: Full | Mobile

Follow us:        
Travel Questions   ·   Destinations   ·   Plan a Road Trip   ·   Plan a Flight   ·   Where to Stay   ·   Login

About Us   ·   FAQ   ·   Feedback   ·   Privacy Policy   ·   Terms of Service