$31 Cheap Flights to Santa Cruz , CA

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Santa Cruz Flights

Got the urge to vacation at the seaside? Book flights to Santa Cruz, California to satisfy your cravings for the sea and sand. The nearest flight terminal is Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), which is located roughly 30 miles north of Santa Cruz.

Serving San Jose and nearby Santa Cruz, SJC Airport provides a number of on-site amenities to cover all your travel needs. If you’ve worked up an appetite, grab a bite to eat at one of the fast food joints or cafes, which serve on-the-go sandwiches, smoothies, salads, and more. The airport also features a number shops where you’ll find in-flight entertainment, such as newspapers and books, but also souvenirs and snacks.

Airport Transportation

Once you’ve booked your Santa Cruz flights, it’s time to determine how you’ll get to and from the airport. For the freedom to cruise around the California coast at your own pace, consider booking one of our Santa Cruz car rentals here in advance. The beauty of a rental car is that the keys will be waiting for you as soon as your flight lands, so you won’t waste any time starting your adventures.

Alternatively, you can always hail a cab or arrange for a shuttle to transport you to vacation destination. If you’d prefer to take public transportation, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus services the VTA Light Rail, which connects to the Santa Cruz Metro.

Santa Cruz Activities

After setting your sights on Santa Cruz tickets, start planning the fun stuff! No trip to this seaside destination is complete without shooting down the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, or browsing the exhibits at the Surfing Museum. While you’re in town, swing by the Mystery Spot to break all the rules of gravity, check out the mudstone structures at the Natural Bridges State Beach, and do a little shopping downtown on Pacific Avenue. Whether you want to scan the coast for whales or hike amongst the nearby redwoods, stay at one of the best hotels in Santa Cruz for easy access to the coastal action.

Planning Your Trip

If you’re still deciding when to book your tickets to Santa Cruz, take into account the city’s climate. Summer is the high season, when vacationers flock to the beaches to soak up the warm weather and sunshine. Alternatively, wintertime welcomes slightly cooler temperatures and rain, which means fewer tourists frequent the area. As for spring and fall, these shoulder seasons bring mild temperatures, perfect for outdoor activities, such as kayaking and wine tasting.

Here at Expedia.com, we’re excited to match you up with cheap flights to Santa Cruz, CA regardless of when you decide to visit. We want to help you get more bang for your buck, so you can focus more on your adventures and less on your budget. Browse through our discounts on direct flights and score some of the hottest deals around when you use our convenient mobile booking app. You can even bundle your flight with your hotel and car rental in our Santa Cruz vacation packages to save up to $570. Make all your arrangements right here today to ride the coasters on the boardwalk tomorrow.

Frequently asked questions

What airport is best to fly into Santa Cruz?
Before booking your flight to Santa Cruz, it’s a wise idea to work out which airport is the most convenient. SFO is 50 mi from downtown. If you’re landing at SJC, you’ll find yourself 30 mi away from the center of the city.
How many nonstop flights are there to Santa Cruz?
Flying to a new place is much simpler when there aren’t any stopovers involved. If you’re off to Santa Cruz, the good news is that there are 4,521 direct flights operating each week.
Where are the most popular flights to Santa Cruz departing from?
Travelers often set off from Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver airports when flying to Santa Cruz.
Flights to Santa Cruz information
Destination airport
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.
Destination airport IATA code
Destination city name
San Jose
Roundtrip price

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