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

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Train  •  3 h 59 min

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

$37 - $78

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Night bus, bus  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns R10

$1 - $3

3 alternative options

Bus, line 720 bus  •  4 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the line 720 bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th 720

$19 - $44

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica 134.5 miles

$13 - $19

Fly, line 20 bus  •  4 h 2 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

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Santa Monica is to night bus and bus which costs $1 - $3 and takes 4 h 48 min.

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

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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 Santa Monica / 4th via 7th / Decatur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 54 min.

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The distance between San Diego and Santa Monica is 119 miles. The road distance is 134.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Monica without a car is to train which takes 3 h 59 min and costs $35 - $80.

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It takes approximately 3 h 59 min to get from San Diego to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Monica is to train which takes 3 h 59 min and costs $35 - $80. Alternatively, you can bus and line 720 bus, which costs $19 - $45 and takes 4 h 54 min.

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 51 min.

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San Diego to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Santa Monica / 4th station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 119 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 59 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Diego to Santa Monica every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Santa Monica via Los Angeles, Ca and 7th / Decatur in around 4 h 54 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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

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.

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Contact Details
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
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 7th / Decatur to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 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
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
Night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Alameda Sb & Los Angeles Ns to Santa Monica Wb & Lincoln Ns
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Santa Monica is 135 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to drive from San Diego to Santa Monica.

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Delta, American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2425+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $110 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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