There are 4 ways to get from Riverside to Santa Monica by train, tram, 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.

Recommended option

Train, tram  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Riverside Line / ...
  2. Metro Expo Line

$14 - $18

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  3 h 55 min

  1. Riverside Line / ...
  2. R10 / ...

$12 - $56

2 alternative options

Bus, line 720 bus  •  3 h 26 min

  1. 9607 / ...
  2. 720

$16 - $36

Drive  •  1 h 10 min

  1. 68.7 miles

$6 - $10

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

You can take a bus from Riverside to Santa Monica via San Bernardino Transit Center, Sbx- E St @ Rialto Nb Ns, Sbx- E St @ Court Nb Ns, San Bernardino, Ca, Los Angeles, Ca, and 7th / Decatur in around 3 h 26 min.

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 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Riverside Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Bernardino, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza to Santa Monica / Lincoln
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Riverside and Santa Monica is 101 km. The road distance is 110 km.

The cheapest way to get from Riverside to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $6 - $10 and takes 1 h 10 min.

The quickest way to get from Riverside to Santa Monica is to drive which takes 1 h 10 min and costs $6 - $10.

No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Riverside Metro Link Sb Lat and arriving at Wilshire / 14th via Sbx- E St @ Rialto Nb Ns, San Bernardino, Ca and 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 26 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 33 min to get from Riverside to Santa Monica, including transfers.