Aptos travel guide

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You're Going to Love Aptos

With a population of 6,220, Aptos is a must-see destination in California, United States. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Aptos has to offer.

Where to Eat in Aptos

If you’re looking for affordable options, Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen | Beachside (131 Esplanade) and Restaurant Malik Williams (9067 Soquel Dr) are great picks.

When to visit Aptos

Aptos in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Aptos in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Aptos


Although Aptos doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Mineta San Jose Airport (SJC), which is located 27 miles from Aptos. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air France, Delta, Korean Air and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Aptos departs from Ontario and takes around 1h 21m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Aptos. The train journey from Aptos to Santa Clara takes 1h 01m and costs around $18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from San Jose, expect to pay about $19 for a 1h 20m trip.


Another option to get to Aptos is to pick up a car rental from San Francisco, which is about 63 miles from Aptos. You’ll find branches of Fox and Kyte, among others, in San Francisco.


Greyhound operates bus routes to Aptos. From Oakland, the bus ride to Aptos takes 25 miles and will cost you around $24. From San Jose, the ticket costs about $11 for a journey of 60 miles.

Airports near Aptos

Airlines serving Aptos

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
Good (436 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,403 reviews)
British Airways
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,321 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (1,661 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (295 reviews)
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Brussels Airlines
Good (118 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (389 reviews)
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Scandinavian Airlines
Good (460 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (345 reviews)
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Where to stay in Aptos

Average rates range from around $422 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $305 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Aptos

Most booked hotels in Aptos

Inn at Depot Hill
Excellent (9.3, 183 reviews)
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola
Excellent (8.8, 386 reviews)
Best Western PLUS Capitola By-the-Sea Inn & Suites
Excellent (8.6, 417 reviews)
Capitola Beach Suites
Excellent (8.3, 218 reviews)
Capitola Venetian Hotel
Excellent (8.3, 167 reviews)
Seascape Beach Resort
Excellent (8.1, 329 reviews)
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Renting a car in Aptos

Expect to pay $3.63 per gallon in Aptos (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $43.61 and $58.14. The most frequently booked car type in Aptos is Compact (Chevrolet Equinox or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard rental cars (Kia Soul or similar) are, on average, 51% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.