There are 4 ways to get from Riverside to Costa Mesa by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train, line 662 bus  •  2 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to Santa Ana station Inland Empire - OC
  2. Take the line 662 bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9 to Oc Fair-Yellow Gate 662

$10 - $18

Cheapest option

Line 15 bus, bus, line 43 bus  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Take the line 15 bus from Magnolia + Beatty to Galleria @ Tyler 1 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor FS Katella 200
  3. Take the line 43 bus from Harbor-Katella to Harbor-19Th 43

$4 - $13

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  45 min

  1. Take a taxi from Riverside to Costa Mesa 44.3 miles

$130 - $170

Drive  •  45 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to Costa Mesa 44.3 miles

$4 - $7

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The cheapest way to get from Riverside to Costa Mesa is to drive which costs $4 - $7 and takes 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Riverside to Costa Mesa is to taxi which costs $130 - $170 and takes 45 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to Costa Mesa. However, there are services departing from Magnolia + Beatty and arriving at Harbor-19Th via Galleria @ Tyler and Harbor-Katella. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 55 min.

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The distance between Riverside and Costa Mesa is 37 miles. The road distance is 44.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Riverside to Costa Mesa without a car is to train and line 662 bus which takes 2 h 19 min and costs $10 - $18.

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It takes approximately 2 h 19 min to get from Riverside to Costa Mesa, including transfers.

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Riverside to Costa Mesa bus services, operated by Riverside Transit Agency, depart from Magnolia + Beatty station.

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Riverside to Costa Mesa bus services, operated by OCTA, arrive at Harbor-19Th station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Riverside to Costa Mesa is 44 miles. It takes approximately 45 min to drive from Riverside to Costa Mesa.

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There are 657+ hotels available in Costa Mesa. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Riverside to Costa Mesa.
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  • Distance: 37.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 19 min

What companies run services between Riverside, CA, USA and Costa Mesa, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Riverside to Costa Mesa via Galleria @ Tyler, Harbor FS Katella, and Harbor-Katella in around 3 h 55 min.

Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to Santa Ana station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9 to Oc Fair-Yellow Gate
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Harbor-Katella to Harbor-19Th
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Riverside Transit Agency
Phone
(951) 565-5002
Website
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Magnolia + Beatty to Galleria @ Tyler
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Bus from Galleria @ Tyler to Harbor FS Katella
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
riversidetransit.com
Other operators
Taxi from Riverside to Costa Mesa
Ave. Duration
45 min
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Queensbury Taxi
Phone
+1 518-761-1234
Glens Falls Capitaland Taxi
Phone
+1 518-793-0000
Tri County Cab, Inc
Phone
+1 518-792-1234
San Bernardino Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 909 884-1111
Website
sbycab.com
Piratas Cab
Phone
+1 626-391-9090
Lady Cab Driver
Phone
+1 909-624-3333
CaliProRide
Phone
+1 760-486-0382
Website
caliproride.com

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