Scotts Valley travel guide

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You're Going to Love Scotts Valley

With a population of 11,580, Scotts Valley is a must-see destination in California, United States.

Where to Eat in Scotts Valley

If you’re looking for affordable options, Malone's Grille (4402 Scotts Valley Dr) and Bruno's BBQ Restaurant & Catering (230 Mt. Hermon Rd #G) are great picks.

When to visit Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Scotts Valley in February
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Scotts Valley


Although Scotts Valley doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Mineta San Jose Airport (SJC), which is located 35 km from Scotts Valley. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and other airlines departing from New Zealand. The shortest flight to Scotts Valley from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 12h 10m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Scotts Valley. The train journey from Scotts Valley to Los Angeles takes 0h 50m and costs around $30 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Santa Clara, expect to pay about $32 for a 1h 01m trip. The train station in Scotts Valley is called Scotts Valley, and is located 1.2 km from the city centre.


Another option to get to Scotts Valley is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 89 km from Scotts Valley. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Scotts Valley, including Greyhound, FlixBus and Bus. From Fresno, the bus ride to Scotts Valley takes 475 km and will cost you around $95. From Reno, the ticket costs about $35 for a journey of 531 km.

Airports near Scotts Valley

Airlines serving Scotts Valley

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
Good (820 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
Good (396 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (3,964 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in popular areas of Scotts Valley

Most booked hotels in Scotts Valley

Dream Inn Santa Cruz
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
Hyatt Place Santa Cruz
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Paradox, Autograph Collection
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Casablanca Inn on The Beach
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
Good (6.7, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Scotts Valley

Expect to pay $1.85 per litre in Scotts Valley (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.09 and $29.46. The most frequently booked car type in Scotts Valley is Compact (Chevrolet Equinox or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Kia Sportage or similar) is, on average, 61% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.