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Recommended option

Train, tram  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Pacific Surfliner
  2. Metro Expo Line

$32 - $63

Cheapest option

Bus, line 720 bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. 9488 / ...
  2. 720

$17 - $40

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1 h 43 min

  1. 100.6 miles

$9 - $15

Train, fly, bus  •  4 h 29 min

  1. SAN - LAX

$105 - $387

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 4 h 9 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oceanside Transportation Center Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h
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
Train from Carlsbad Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
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 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from Carlsbad Village Station to San Diego - Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Oceanside, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $22
Flexible
$25 - $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
$35 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Lax Transit Center Bay 12 to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Carlsbad and Santa Monica is 143 km. The road distance is 161 km.

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

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

No, there is no direct bus from Carlsbad to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Carlsbad Bl & Oak Av and arriving at Wilshire / 14th via Oceanside, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 9 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 8 min to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica, including transfers.