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There are 5 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.

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Tram, train  •  3h 21m

  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  •  3h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs R10
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Riverside, CA

$9 - $19

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Cesar E Chavez / Spring 704 / ...
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Riverside Amtrak Southwest Chief

$28 - $56

Line 704 bus, train  •  4h 36m

  1. Take the line 704 bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza 704
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station Riverside Line / ...

$13 - $20

Drive  •  1h 12m

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Riverside 68.7 miles

$6 - $10

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

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

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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 Riverside, CA via Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 31m.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Riverside is 63 miles. The road distance is 68.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside without a car is to tram and train which takes 3h 21m and costs $13 - $18.

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It takes approximately 3h 21m to get from Santa Monica to Riverside, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Riverside bus services, operated by Big Blue Bus, depart from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns station.

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Santa Monica to Riverside bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Riverside, CA station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Riverside is 69 miles. It takes approximately 1h 12m to drive from Santa Monica to Riverside.

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There are 114+ hotels available in Riverside. Prices start at $67 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Riverside.
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  • Distance: 63.3 miles
  • Duration: 3h 21m

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Riverside via Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs and Los Angeles, CA in around 3h 31m.

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
46m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Riverside-Downtown station
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Riverside Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $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
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Main
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Cesar E Chavez / Spring
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net

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