There are 5 ways to get from San Diego to Santa Monica by bus, train, car or plane

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

Bus, line 720 bus  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th 720

$19 - $43

Cheapest option

Amtrak Thruway, line 704 bus  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA 5818
  2. Take the line 704 bus from Patsaouras Transit Plaza to Santa Monica / Lincoln 704

$1 - $3

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$37 - $78

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica 134.5 miles

$13 - $19

Fly, line 20 bus  •  4 h 9 min

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

$111 - $356

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Santa Monica is to Amtrak Thruway and line 704 bus which costs $1 - $3 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Santa Monica is to drive which takes 2 h 17 min and costs $13 - $19.

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The distance between San Diego and Santa Monica is 190 km. The road distance is 215 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 50 min to get from San Diego to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Wilshire / 14th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

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

You can take a bus from San Diego to Santa Monica via Los Angeles, Ca and 7th / Decatur in around 3 h 50 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Santa Monica every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 59 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Wilshire / 14th
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
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 Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net

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