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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  9 h 18 min

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

$72 - $76

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Bus Megabus  •  10 h 14 min

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

$35 - $52

9 alternative options

Train  •  14 h 40 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

Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  4 h 50 min

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

$80 - $261

BART to Oakland, fly to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX
  3. Take the line 20 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th

$59 - $214

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 11 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  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 12 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 25 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 - $327

BART to Concord, fly to Burbank, tram  •  6 h 41 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Concord BART Station
  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

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to bus which costs $35 - $55 and takes 10 h 14 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to fly and line 20 bus which costs $80 - $270 and takes 4 h 50 min.

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

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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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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 9 h 18 min and costs $71 - $76.

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It takes approximately 9 h 18 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, depart from San Francisco, CA station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 9 h 18 min and costs $71 - $76. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $75 - $210 and takes 14 h 40 min.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 20 min.

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San Francisco to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Xe Do Hoang Transportation, arrive at Los Angeles, CA station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 342 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 18 min

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

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. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Francisco to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $70 - $200 and the journey takes 12 h 10 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 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 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 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 Concord to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $240
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
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 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
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Concord BART Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
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 15 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 28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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
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
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ridecabin.com
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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Santa Monica is 382 miles. It takes approximately 6 h 18 min to drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica.

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American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc., United Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2394+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $111 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 28 min and costs $6 - $9.

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