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There are 4 ways to get from San Clemente 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 45 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station Metro Expo Line

$30 - $55

Cheapest option

Train, line 704 bus  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from San Clemente Pier station to L. A. Union Station station Orange County Line
  2. Take the line 704 bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza to Santa Monica / Lincoln 704

$12 - $17

2 alternative options

Train, line 733 bus  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the line 733 bus from Cesar E Chavez / Alameda to 2nd / Santa Monica 733 / ...

$28 - $60

Drive  •  1 h 17 min

  1. Drive from San Clemente to Santa Monica 75.4 miles

$7 - $11

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The cheapest way to get from San Clemente to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Clemente to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 17 min.

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The distance between San Clemente and Santa Monica is 65 miles. The road distance is 75.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Clemente to Santa Monica without a car is to train and tram which takes 2 h 45 min and costs $29 - $60.

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It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to get from San Clemente to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Clemente to Santa Monica is 75 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 17 min to drive from San Clemente to Santa Monica.

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There are 2440+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $106 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Clemente to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 65.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 45 min

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

There is no direct connection from San Clemente to Santa Monica. However, you can take the train to Los Angeles Union 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 San Clemente to Santa Monica via L. A. Union Station station and Patsaouras Transit Plaza in around 3 h 44 min.

Train operators
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
Train from San Clemente Pier Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Train from San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
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
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from San Clemente Pier station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
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
Bus from Cesar E Chavez / Alameda to 2nd / Santa Monica
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net

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