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

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Train, tram  •  2 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station Metro Expo Line

$32 - $63

Cheapest option

Bus, line 720 bus  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Oceanside, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th 720

$17 - $40

2 alternative options

Train, line 733 bus  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the line 733 bus from Cesar E Chavez / Alameda to 2nd / Santa Monica 733 / ...

$31 - $65

Drive  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Carlsbad to Santa Monica 100.6 miles

$9 - $15

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The cheapest way to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $9 - $15 and takes 1 h 43 min.

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The quickest way to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $9 - $15 and takes 1 h 43 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Carlsbad to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Carlsbad Bl & Oak Av and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via Oceanside, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 13 min.

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The distance between Carlsbad and Santa Monica is 89 miles. The road distance is 100.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica without a car is to train and tram which takes 2 h 58 min and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 2 h 58 min to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Carlsbad to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Oceanside, Ca station.

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Carlsbad to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Santa Monica / 4th station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Carlsbad to Santa Monica is 101 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 43 min to drive from Carlsbad to Santa Monica.

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There are 2469+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $108 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 89.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 58 min

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

You can take a bus from Carlsbad to Santa Monica via Oceanside Transit Center, Oceanside, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 5 h 13 min.

Train operators
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 Oceanside Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Cesar E Chavez / Alameda to 2nd / Santa Monica
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oceanside, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $22
Flexible
$26 - $35
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Oceanside to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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