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There are 11 ways to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica by plane, bus, tram, train or car

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Fly Sacramento to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Los Angeles (LAX) SMF - LAX
  2. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$81 - $245

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  11 h 19 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento to LA Downtown FlixBus

$18 - $31

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Fly Sacramento to Ontario/San Bernardino, bus, tram  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) SMF - ONT
  2. Take the bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
  3. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$137 - $321

Fly Sacramento to Burbank, tram  •  4 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Burbank (BUR) SMF - BUR
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$121 - $323

Fly Sacramento to Long Beach, tram  •  5 h 29 min

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Long Beach (LGB) SMF - LGB
  2. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
  3. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$96 - $246

Train to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Valley Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$140 - $500

Fly Sacramento to Santa Ana, train  •  7 h

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to Santa Ana (SNA) SMF - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station

$166 - $411

Bus Greyhound USA  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 1439 / ...

$42 - $102

Train, bus  •  9 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Valley Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station San Joaquins
  2. Take the bus from Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Train  •  15 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Valley Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight

$86 - $228

Drive  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Sacramento to Santa Monica 385.5 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica is to bus which costs $17 - $35 and takes 11 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica is to fly and line 20 bus which costs $80 - $250 and takes 4 h 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sacramento to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from Sacramento, Ca and arriving at Santa Monica / 4th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 54 min.

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The distance between Sacramento and Santa Monica is 359 miles. The road distance is 385.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 54 min and costs $40 - $110.

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It takes approximately 4 h 39 min to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Sacramento to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Sacramento, Ca station.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 8 h 54 min and costs $40 - $110. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $85 - $230 and takes 15 h 26 min.

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The quickest flight from Sacramento Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 25 min.

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Sacramento to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Los Angeles, Ca station.

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 358.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 39 min

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

Greyhound USA operates a bus from Sacramento to Santa Monica hourly. Tickets cost $40 - $100 and the journey takes 7 h 20 min. ACN Autobuses also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Sacramento to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $80 - $230 and the journey takes 14 h 25 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Sacramento to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Sacramento to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Sacramento to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $600
Flights from Sacramento to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Flights from Sacramento to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from Sacramento to Long Beach via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Sacramento to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Flights from Sacramento to Santa Ana via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Sacramento to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $470
Flights from Sacramento to Ontario/San Bernardino via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Sacramento to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Sacramento to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $430
Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
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
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Sacramento Valley Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$150 - $220
Train from Sacramento Valley Station to Bakersfield Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $130
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Flexi Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Business Coach Seat
$90 - $130
Room
$230 - $330
Train from Sacramento Valley Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
14 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Flexi Coach Seat
$140 - $210
Business Coach Seat
$160 - $230
Room
$340 - $480
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $100
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$75 - $100
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Sacramento to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$51
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Bakersfield Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
amtrak.com
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Sacramento to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to Santa Monica is 385 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 17 min to drive from Sacramento to Santa Monica.

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United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Sacramento Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2447+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $112 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Sacramento Airport is to bus which takes 12 min and costs $2.

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