There are 4 ways to get from Irvine to Santa Monica by train, tram, 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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Train, tram  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station Orange County Line
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station Metro Expo Line

$12 - $15

Cheapest option

Bus, line 720 bus  •  3 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Main-Harvard to Artic - Dock 1 53 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
  3. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th 720

$12 - $31

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Main-Culver to Artic - Dock 1 53 / ...
  2. Take the train from Anaheim Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns R10

$25 - $50

Drive  •  57 min

  1. Drive from Irvine to Santa Monica 55.7 miles

$5 - $8

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The cheapest way to get from Irvine to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $5 - $8 and takes 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Irvine to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $5 - $8 and takes 57 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Irvine to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Main-Harvard and arriving at Wilshire / 14th via Anaheim, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 26 min.

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The distance between Irvine and Santa Monica is 46 miles. The road distance is 55.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Irvine to Santa Monica without a car is to train and tram which takes 3 h 17 min and costs $12 - $15.

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It takes approximately 3 h 17 min to get from Irvine to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Irvine to Santa Monica bus services, operated by OCTA, depart from Main-Harvard station.

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Irvine to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Wilshire / 14th station.

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Map of how to get from Irvine to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 45.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 17 min

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

You can take a bus from Irvine to Santa Monica via Artic - Dock 1, Anaheim, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 3 h 26 min.

Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Anaheim Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Main-Harvard to Artic - Dock 1
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Main-Culver to Artic - Dock 1
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Anaheim, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
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
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

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