There are 7 ways to get from Monterey to Santa Monica by plane, bus, shuttle, train, night 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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Fly Monterey to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Monterey (MRY) to Los Angeles (LAX) MRY - LAX
  2. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$96 - $296

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Bus  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Tyler / Franklin to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station 55
  2. Take the bus from Gilroy, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6853 / ...

$34 - $100

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Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Los Angeles  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Monterey to San Jose International Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Los Angeles (LAX) SJC - LAX

$119 - $303

Shuttle to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Monterey to San Jose International Airport
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR

$109 - $361

Train  •  12 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Salinas Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight

$59 - $175

Night bus, bus  •  12 h 56 min

  1. Take the night bus from Salinas Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Monterey to Santa Monica 321.5 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Monterey to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Tyler / Franklin and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via Gilroy, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 32 min.

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The distance between Monterey and Santa Monica is 263 miles. The road distance is 321.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Monterey to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 32 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to get from Monterey to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Monterey to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Salinas Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Monterey to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 9 h 32 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 12 h 18 min.

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The quickest flight from Monterey Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 23 min.

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Monterey to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak.

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Yes, the driving distance between Monterey to Santa Monica is 322 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to drive from Monterey to Santa Monica.

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United Airlines offers flights from Monterey Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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Map of how to get from Monterey to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 263.4 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 36 min

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

You can take a bus from Monterey to Santa Monica via Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, Gilroy, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 9 h 32 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Monterey to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $160 and the journey takes 9 h 12 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Monterey to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $500
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
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 Salinas Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
9 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $160
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $90
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Coach Seat
$110 - $160
Room
$260 - $370
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from Monterey to San Jose International Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $50
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Tyler / Franklin to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
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 Gilroy, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $55
Flexible
$65 - $85
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Salinas Amtrak to Santa Barbara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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The best way to get from Monterey to Monterey Airport is to line 56 bus which takes 11 min and costs .

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