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

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Riverside.
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  • Distance: 63.3 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 28 min

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

Metrolink Trains operates a train from Santa Monica to Riverside every 4 hours. Tickets cost $10 - $14 and the journey takes 1 h 27 min. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from Santa Monica to Riverside twice daily. Tickets cost $15 - $35 and the journey takes 1 h 59 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Riverside Amtrak
Avg. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
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Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, CA to Riverside, CA
Avg. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
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Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Santa Monica to Riverside?

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

What is the cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside?

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside is to drive which costs $8 and takes 1 h 12 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside?

The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Riverside is to drive which takes 1 h 12 min and costs $8.

Is there a direct bus between Santa Monica and Riverside?

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Riverside. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Riverside, CA via Los Angeles, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 20 min.

How long does it take to get from Santa Monica to Riverside?

It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Santa Monica to Riverside, including transfers.