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. 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 39 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

2 alternative options

Train, bus  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Riverside-Downtown station to L. A. Union Station station Riverside Line / ...
  2. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns R10 / ...

$12 - $56

Drive  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Riverside to Santa Monica 68.7 miles

$6 - $10

Questions & Answers

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

Get driving directions

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

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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 39 min.

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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 33 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 39 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 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Amtrak
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Contact Details
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
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
Metro Los Angeles
Website
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

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