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There are 3 ways to get from Riverside to Santa Monica by train, tram, bus or car

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Train, tram  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station Metro Expo Line

$14 - $17

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from Riverside, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns R10

$9 - $20

1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to Santa Monica 68.7 miles

$6 - $10

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Riverside to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Riverside, CA and arriving at Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns via Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 46 min.

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The distance between Riverside and Santa Monica is 63 miles. The road distance is 68.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Riverside to Santa Monica without a car is to train and tram which takes 2 h 26 min and costs $14 - $18.

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It takes approximately 2 h 26 min to get from Riverside to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Riverside to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from Riverside, CA station.

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Riverside to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Big Blue Bus, arrive at Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Riverside to Santa Monica is 69 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 10 min to drive from Riverside to Santa Monica.

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There are 2394+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $111 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Riverside to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 63.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 26 min

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

You can take a bus from Riverside to Santa Monica via Los Angeles, CA and Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns in around 2 h 46 min.

Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.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
Bus operators
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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