Visitor information

Travel information


Santa Cruz is close to the San Francisco Bay Area, about 45 minutes drive west of San Jose and 1.5 hour drive south of San Francisco.

Travel by car

Information on travel to the UCSC campus from any location in the Bay area by car can be found on this UCSC website.

Travel by train

Unfortunately, there is no train station in Santa Cruz.

Travel by bus

Travel to Santa Cruz by bus is not particularly recommended. However, if this is your only option, note that there are a few possibilities.

  • Greyhound: Santa Cruz has a greyhound terminal, with connections to San Jose and Salinas (as well as other cities in the Bay Area)
  • Santa Cruz Metro Buses: the local city buses connect to the San Jose Caltrain station. See the 17 express bus route for detail.


Travel by air

To get to Santa Cruz from any US or international destination, the easiest way is to fly to one of the Bay Area airport, and complete the journey by car rental, airporter or (if necessary) public transport. There are 4 nearby airports. San Francisco is the largest international airport, and is located 1h20 minutes away from Santa Cruz. There are also smaller but well-connected airports, in Oakland (1h30 minutes away from SC), San Jose (45 minutes away from SC) and Monterey (45 minutes away from SC).

Information on travel to and from Santa Cruz from these airports can be found on the UCSC transportation page. This link contains information on public transport when available as well as airport shuttles. All airport shuttle rides should be booked in advance - there is no scheduled ride from any of the airports to Santa Cruz. Note that aside from the airporters listed on that linked page, there is also a new, cheaper airporter to and from Santa Cruz called "The Santa Cruz Aiport Flyer". We recommend it as it is about 1/2 the price of other companies.



On-Campus Accommodation: We have reserved a number of on-campus rooms for the entire duration of the program. The rooms are in 3- or 4-bedroom apartments. Each room is a single room, and each apartment has 2 bathrooms. Participants can book rooms in apartments on a 2-person / apartment basis (full price), so that each person has their own bathroom, or on a 3- or 4-person / apartment basis (reduced price), in which case the bathroom is shared. The apartments are located very close to the program venue. The campus rooms have wired internet access. The rooms will be furnished and bed linen is provided. On campus parking, conference registration and all meals, will be provided in the booking package.

Off-Campus Accommodation: Off-Campus accomodation will be possible in selected Santa Cruz Hotels. A list will be posted here later. Typical prices in this period of the year are about $140/night. Registration to the conference, campus meals and parking will be charged to the participant separately.


The Santa Cruz Campus


The Santa Cruz campus is located in an idyllic setting between the ocean and the Santa Cruz mountains, at the edge of the town of Santa Cruz. The campus is on a steep hill, with the central part of the campus (Science Hill) located about 1 mile from the campus main entrance.

Travel to and from Campus from town: The campus is served by a regular bus service from the town of Santa Cruz, as well as on-campus bus shuttles. The local bus routes can be found from the Metro Santa Cruz web-page. The bus shuttles run every 15-20 minutes from the base of campus to Science Hill.

Parking: Parking on campus for program participants who are staying downtown is not free, and can be purchased every day at the campus entrance.