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There are 9 ways to get from Portland to Santa Monica by plane, bus, tram, train or car

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Fly Portland to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  5 h 55 min

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

$66 - $296

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Fly Portland to Ontario/San Bernardino, bus  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Portland (PDX) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) PDX - ONT
  2. Take the bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd

$108 - $402

Fly Portland to Burbank, tram  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Portland (PDX) to Burbank (BUR) PDX - BUR
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$86 - $324

Fly Portland to Long Beach, tram  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Portland (PDX) to Long Beach (LGB) PDX - LGB
  2. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
  3. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$86 - $366

Fly Portland to Santa Ana, train  •  8 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Portland (PDX) to Santa Ana (SNA) PDX - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station

$106 - $372

Train to Eugene, fly to Los Angeles  •  7 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Portland Union Station to Eugene Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Eugene (EUG) to Los Angeles (LAX) EUG - LAX

$182 - $585

Bus  •  23 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Portland, Or to Los Angeles, Ca 1431 / ...

$94 - $234

Train  •  31 h 36 min

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

$160 - $455

Drive  •  16 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Portland to Santa Monica 969.2 miles

$95 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Portland to Santa Monica is to fly and line 20 bus which costs $65 - $300 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Portland to Santa Monica is to fly and line 20 bus which costs $65 - $300 and takes 5 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Portland to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Portland, Or and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 14 min.

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The distance between Portland and Santa Monica is 830 miles. The road distance is 969.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Portland to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 14 min and costs $90 - $240.

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It takes approximately 5 h 55 min to get from Portland to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Portland to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Portland, Or station.

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The best way to get from Portland to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 23 h 14 min and costs $90 - $240. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $160 - $460 and takes 31 h 36 min.

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The quickest flight from Portland Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 18 min.

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Portland to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Portland to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 829.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 55 min

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Portland to Santa Monica every 2 hours. Tickets cost $90 - $240 and the journey takes 21 h 40 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Portland to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $150 - $460 and the journey takes 30 h 35 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Portland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Portland to Los Angeles via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Portland to Los Angeles via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
4 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Portland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Portland to Ontario/San Bernardino via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Portland to Ontario/San Bernardino via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Portland to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $650
Flights from Portland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Portland to Burbank via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Portland to Burbank via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Portland to Burbank via San Jose
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Portland to Burbank via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Portland to Long Beach via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Portland to Long Beach via Oakland
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Portland to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana via Sacramento
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana via San Jose
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana via Oakland
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Portland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $500
Flights from Portland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Portland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles via Portland
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $900
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Portland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $650
Flights from Portland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $600
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
2 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles via Portland
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,200
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Portland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles via Seattle
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Portland to Burbank via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Portland to Santa Ana via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $750
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $1,300
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Portland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Allegiant Air
Website
allegiantair.com
Flights from Eugene to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $380
Train operators
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
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
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 Portland Union Station to Eugene Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Portland Union Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
30 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $400
Business Coach Seat
$320 - $460
Room
$600 - $850
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
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.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 Portland, Or to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
21 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$90 - $240
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$90 - $150
Flexible
$180 - $240

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Yes, the driving distance between Portland to Santa Monica is 969 miles. It takes approximately 16 h 7 min to drive from Portland to Santa Monica.

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

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There are 2447+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $112 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Portland to Portland Airport is to tram which takes 35 min and costs $3.

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