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There are 3 ways to get from Irvine to Santa Monica by train, tram, bus or car

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Train, tram  •  2 h 12 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

2 alternative options

Bus, line 720 bus  •  4 h 6 min

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

$13 - $32

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 University-Ent 3773 Mariposa Villa and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via Santa Ana, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 6 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 2 h 12 min and costs $12 - $15.

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It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to get from Irvine to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Irvine to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Ana, Ca station.

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Irvine 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 Irvine to Santa Monica is 56 miles. It takes approximately 57 min to drive from Irvine to Santa Monica.

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There are 2425+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $110 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Irvine to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 45.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 12 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 The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 3, Santa Ana, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 4 h 6 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
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
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 Santa Ana, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $22
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$17 - $22
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Metro Los Angeles
Website
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

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