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How Much Does It Cost To Fly To Santa Cruz?

The cheapest tickets to Santa Cruz available within the past 7 days were $82. Prices quoted are per person, round trip, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.

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, 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.

Reviews from verified customers

May 19, 2019

Great Flight

May 19, 2019

My flight was accidentally booked under my husbands name. They helped fix the ticket and I remained on my original flight.

May 19, 2019

Staff doesn't know which seat has windows. We asked for window seat because we had a 1 year old and they gave us 18F which does not have a window!

May 18, 2019

I love Alaska airlines dedication for customers respect and treatment.

May 17, 2019

Keyle Carter was so kind to give us seats together in a roomy exit row on our anniversary trip. My friend died two days ago, it was so quick & tragic and I'm so fragile right now. Keyle put some checks in the good column of life when it is surely needed. I'll never forget. Thank you!

May 17, 2019

I had to check with an agent at the gate to get my seat assignment and a guy named Richard helped me. He was accommodating and totally made my day with his customer service.

May 14, 2019

My seat was not very comfortable. I could not push it back at all.

May 7, 2019

As Expedia travelers we now know to get seat assignment after everyone else has boarded.

May 4, 2019

Need free wifi for 1/2 hr as option

May 4, 2019

I was too tall where I was sitting and I couldn’t change my seat 💺