There are 5 ways to get from Carlsbad to Santa Monica by train, bus, car or plane

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Train, bus  •  3 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Oceanside Transportation Center to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns R10

$29 - $62

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Train, line 733 bus  •  4 h 52 min

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

$16 - $65

3 alternative options

Bus, line 720 bus  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Oceanside, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9488 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th 720

$17 - $40

Drive  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Drive from Carlsbad to Santa Monica 100.6 miles

$9 - $15

Train, fly, line 20 bus  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Carlsbad Village Station to San Diego - Santa Fe Depot
  2. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) SAN - LAX
  3. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$113 - $398

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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 Wilshire / 14th via Oceanside, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 10 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 bus which takes 3 h 35 min and costs $29 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3 h 35 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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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 53 min.

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Carlsbad to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Wilshire / 14th 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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  • Distance: 89.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 35 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 4 h 10 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oceanside Transportation Center to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 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
Train from Carlsbad Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
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
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Oceanside station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
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.

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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
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
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
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 Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net

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Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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