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There are 10 ways to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica by train, plane, bus, tram, subway, 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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Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  5 h 3 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Los Angeles (LAX) SJC - LAX
  3. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$81 - $264

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Night bus  •  11 h 16 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Jose to Ucla FlixBus

$17 - $32

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Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$71 - $322

Bus, BART to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART Station
  2. Take the BART from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX
  4. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$61 - $217

Bus, BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART Station
  2. Take the BART from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  4. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$116 - $445

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$83 - $475

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB) SJC - LGB
  3. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
  4. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$56 - $265

Bus  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

$39 - $55

Train  •  13 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight

$74 - $190

Drive  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Santa Monica 356.6 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica is to night bus which costs $17 - $35 and takes 11 h 16 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica is to Caltrain and fly and line 20 bus which costs $80 - $270 and takes 5 h 3 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Churchill and arriving at Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns via San Jose and Hilgard Sb & Westholme Fs. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 16 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Santa Monica is 315 miles. The road distance is 356.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 17 min and costs $35 - $60.

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It takes approximately 5 h 3 min to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Jose station.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 9 h 17 min and costs $35 - $60. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $70 - $190 and takes 13 h 25 min.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Palo Alto to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Ucla station.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 314.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 3 min

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

Megabus operates a bus from Palo Alto to Santa Monica every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 6 h 45 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Palo Alto to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $180 and the journey takes 10 h 53 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
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 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 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.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
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
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
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Night bus from San Jose to Ucla
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Santa Monica is 357 miles. It takes approximately 5 h 57 min to drive from Palo Alto to Santa Monica.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2440+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $106 USD per night.

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