There are 11 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica by plane, subway, tram, train, bus, night 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

Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) SFO - LAX

$80 - $261

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10 h 4 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6853 / ...

$43 - $104

9 alternative options

BART to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX

$59 - $214

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$114 - $442

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 19 min

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

$80 - $469

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank, tram  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$75 - $324

BART to Concord, fly to Burbank, tram  •  6 h 49 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Concord
  2. Fly from Concord (CCR) to Burbank (BUR) CCR - BUR
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$45 - $259

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA Northern CA-Southern CA

$72 - $76

Train  •  14 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Coast Starlight

$77 - $208

Night bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the night bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica

$80 - $120

Drive  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica 382.1 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to fly which costs $80 - $270 and takes 4 h 37 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Monica is 342 miles. The road distance is 382.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 37 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from San Francisco and arriving at Santa Monica. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 6 min and costs $71 - $76.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 342 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 37 min

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

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and three other airlines fly from San Francisco to Santa Monica every 30 minutes. Alternatively, Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $70 and the journey takes 7 h 30 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Concord to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $240
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Concord
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
bart.gov
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
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $200
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$70 - $110
Flexi Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Business Coach Seat
$140 - $200
Room
$310 - $430
Bus operators
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
Greyhound USA
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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 Francisco, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
8 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $70
Flexible
$75 - $110
Cabin
Email
help@ridecabin.com
Website
ridecabin.com
Night bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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