There are 4 ways to get from Santa Monica to Riverside by tram, train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Tram, train  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines Metro Expo Line
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...

$14 - $18

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Los Angeles Nb & Temple Fs R10
  2. Take the bus from Aliso St and Los Angeles St E to Montclair Transit Center 699
  3. Take the bus from Richton 5091 @ Montclair TransCenter to East University + Lemon 204

$5 - $13

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs R10 / ...
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...

$13 - $56

Drive  •  1 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Riverside 68.7 miles

$6 - $10

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside is to drive which costs $6 - $10 and takes 1 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside is to drive which takes 1 h 12 min and costs $6 - $10.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Riverside is 101 km. The road distance is 110 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 27 min to get from Santa Monica to Riverside, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Riverside. However, there are services departing from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns and arriving at Magnolia + Beatty via Aliso St and Los Angeles St E, Richton 5091 @ Montclair TransCenter and West University + Lemon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 1 min.

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What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Riverside, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Riverside via Los Angeles Nb & Temple Fs, Aliso St and Los Angeles St E, Montclair Transit Center, Richton 5091 @ Montclair TransCenter, East University + Lemon, and West University + Lemon in around 5 h 1 min.

Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Bus operators
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Los Angeles Nb & Temple Fs
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Aliso St and Los Angeles St E to Montclair Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Riverside Transit Agency
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Richton 5091 @ Montclair TransCenter to East University + Lemon
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com

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