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Santa Cruz to Oakland drive

driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

Santa Cruz to Oakland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Santa Cruz to Oakland. If you're planning a road trip to Oakland, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Santa Cruz
drive for about 26 minutes

10:26 am  Los Gatos
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:26 am
drive for about 12 minutes

11:38 am  San Jose
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:38 pm
drive for about 12 minutes

12:50 pm  Milpitas
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:50 pm
drive for about 19 minutes

2:09 pm  Fremont (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:09 pm
drive for about 19 minutes

3:28 pm  Hayward
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:28 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

4:43 pm  East 14th Street Business District
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:43 pm
drive for about 17 minutes

6:00 pm  arrive in Oakland
eat at Chez Panisse

driving ≈ 2 hours




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Where should I stop along the way?

Los Gatos  (6 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    San José State University  (2 mentions)
    Sanborn County Park  (2 mentions)

San Jose  (39 answers)
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    California's Great America  (2 mentions)
    questions about San Jose:
        What's the best neighborhood in San Jose for a first time visitor?
        Hotels with airport parking in San Jose
        Best missions to see & other good activities for kids
        Neighborhood for young professional in San Jose
        Free things to do in San Jose?

Milpitas
    The Tech Museum of Innovation  (3 mentions)
    San Jose Museum of Art  (3 mentions)
    Santana Row  (3 mentions)
    Winchester Mystery House  (2 mentions)
    Hacker Dojo  (2 mentions)

Fremont (California)  (5 answers)
    questions about Fremont (California):
        What is your favorite restaurant in Fremont (California)?
        Best stop over in between Fremont and Truckee

Hayward

East 14th Street Business District


Where's the best place to eat in Oakland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chez Panisse, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Arinell Pizza Inc  (6 mentions)
The Trappist  (4 mentions)
Comal  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Oakland? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Oakland?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
College Ave  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Oakland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Oakland?  (7 answers)

profile  Jack from England asked:
What is Oakland like?  (7 answers)

profile  Jillian from Los Angeles asked:
First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore  (7 answers)

profile  Sheldon from asked:
A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?  (3 answers)

profile  Allie from Portland asked:
Best bites to eat in Oakland?  (2 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Oakland to Santa Cruz drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Santa Cruz? Try searching for places within 1 hour of Santa Cruz.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Santa Cruz to Oakland. Or get a full Santa Cruz to Oakland flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Santa Cruz well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Santa Cruz!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 72 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 19 minutes
85 Santa Cruz travel answers
6 Los Gatos travel answers
39 San Jose travel answers
5 Fremont (California) travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers





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