Do you need personalized, door-to-door travel service? Find a solution that matches your needs here.
If you don’t need to drive every day, consider not owning a car at all, and reserving a car by-the-hour with Zipcar. It’s easy to get started, but requires some pre-planning to setup an account. Zipcars are located in designated spots on the UCSC campus and in Downtown Santa Cruz.
Call your local taxi company for on-demand pick up and drop off service.
- Santa Cruz Yellow Cab – 831.423.1234 (serves Santa Cruz, Capitola, Scotts Valley, UCSC, Soquel, Aptos, Seascape, Davenport, Felton, Bonny Doon, Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek – includes paratransit vehicles)
- Courtesy Cab – 831.761.3122 (serves Watsonville – includes paratransit vehicles)
Innovative new companies that use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers.
- Uber – Uber matches passengers requesting rides with drivers based on the GPS location of the passenger’s phone. The apps sends driver contact information to the passenger, and a text when the driver arrives at the pick-up location. Uber will quote fares and allow payment with credit card.
- Lyft – Lyft lets users request a ride. Every driver needs to pass a DMV check and background check before they can get started. At the end of the ride, the app prompts the passenger to pay with stored credit card information.
These companies offer transportation to the regional airports- SJC, SFO, OAK, and MRY. Airport shuttles are a convenient way to avoid airport parking hassles.
- Santa Cruz Airport Shuttle
- Santa Cruz Airport Flyer
- Early Bird Airport Shuttle
- Paradise Transportation Luxury Airporter
- Airport shuttles serving UC Santa Cruz
Renting cars by the day or week may be enough to get you around if you otherwise live car-free. You can also rent a truck if you need to move houses, or a van for the camping trip you’re planning. If you only occasionally need a certain type of vehicle, rent rather than own.
Pedicabs and Bicycle Couriers
- Santa Cruz Pedicab will pedal you to hot spots in downtown Santa Cruz and to the Beach and Wharf.
- PedX Courier & Cargo — delivery service will pedal your stuff to destinations around Santa Cruz County
- Clutch Courier — professional courier and distribution services offered via bicycle or low emission cargo vehicles throughout Santa Cruz County