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Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles, bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) SFO - LAX
  2. Take the bus from Lax Transit Center Bay 12 to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$72 - $250

Cheapest option

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10 h

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

$43 - $104

8 alternative options

Fly Oakland to Los Angeles, bus  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX
  2. Take the bus from Lax Transit Center Bay 12 to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$51 - $203

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 14 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

$81 - $472

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5 h 23 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

$115 - $445

BART to Oakland, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Coliseum
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Long Beach (LGB) OAK - LGB
  3. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
  4. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$59 - $285

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 48 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

$115

Drive  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica 382.1 miles

$35 - $55

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 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $430
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 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 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $470
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $370
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Train operators
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
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
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
Amtrak
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
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Lax Transit Center Bay 12 to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
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
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
$115
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Francisco and Santa Monica is 547 km. The road distance is 611 km.

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

The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to fly and bus which takes 4 h 9 min and costs $70 - $250.

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

It takes approximately 4 h 9 min to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica, including transfers.