There are 4 ways to get from Riverside to Santa Monica by train, tram, bus or car

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Train, tram  •  2h 29m

  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 E Line

$14 - $17

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Train, line 704 bus  •  3h 15m

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the line 704 bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza to Santa Monica / Lincoln 704

$11 - $16

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Train, line 704 bus via Los Angeles Union Station  •  3h 50m

  1. Take the train from Riverside Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Southwest Chief
  2. Take the line 704 bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza to Santa Monica / Lincoln 704

$26 - $38

Drive  •  1h 10m

  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 1h 10m.

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

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No, there is no direct train from Riverside station to Santa Monica station. However, there are services departing from Riverside-Downtown station and arriving at Downtown Santa Monica Station via Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines and 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 29m.

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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 2h 29m and costs $14 - $18.

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It takes approximately 2h 29m to get from Riverside to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Riverside to Santa Monica train services, operated by Metrolink Trains, depart from Riverside-Downtown station.

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Riverside to Santa Monica train services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Downtown Santa Monica Station.

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

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

There is no direct connection from Riverside to Santa Monica. However, you can take the train to L. A. Union Station station, take the walk to Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, take the subway to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines, take the walk to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines, then take the tram to Downtown Santa Monica Station. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Riverside to Santa Monica via L. A. Union Station station and Patsaouras Transit Plaza in around 3h 15m.

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
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
Metrolink Trains
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
Website
Metro Los Angeles
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 Riverside Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$25 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $35
Premium
$180 - $260
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Seat
$30 - $50
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza to Santa Monica / Lincoln
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Website
Metro Los Angeles

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