There are 12 ways to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica by plane, bus, tram, subway, train, 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.

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Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  4h 11m

  1. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Los Angeles (LAX) SFO - LAX
  2. Take the line 3 bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$68 - $266

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Bus  •  8h 27m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Ucla FlixBus

$16 - $27

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Fly Oakland to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  4h 13m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Los Angeles (LAX) OAK - LAX
  2. Take the line 3 bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs

$75 - $263

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, tram  •  5h 16m

  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

$92 - $345

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, tram  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Oakland Coliseum - OAC
  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 - $472

BART to Oakland, fly to Ontario/San Bernardino, bus, tram  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Oakland Coliseum - OAC
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Ontario/San Bernardino (ONT) OAK - ONT
  3. Take the bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
  4. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$115 - $521

BART to Oakland, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  6h 14m

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

$114 - $485

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank, tram  •  6h 24m

  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

$120 - $487

Bus via Chinatown Station  •  9h 19m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco, CA to Chinatown Station San Fran

$41 - $59

Train  •  14h 43m

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

$62 - $93

Night bus  •  8h

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

$80 - $120

Drive  •  6h 19m

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica 383.7 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to bus which costs $16 - $27 and takes 8h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to fly and line 3 bus which costs $65 - $270 and takes 4h 11m.

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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 8h.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco to Santa Monica station. However, there are services departing from Civic Center / UN Plaza and arriving at Downtown Santa Monica Station via Oakland Jack London Square Station, Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines and 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 43m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Monica is 342 miles. The road distance is 383.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 8h 27m and costs $16 - $27.

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It takes approximately 4h 11m to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Francisco station.

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San Francisco to Santa Monica train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Oakland Jack London Square Station.

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

Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Francisco to Ucla twice daily. Tickets cost $14 - $25 and the journey takes 7h 30m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Oakland Jack London Square Station to Los Angeles Union Station once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $85 and the journey takes 12h 10m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $310
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $470
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Oakland to Ontario/San Bernardino via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $1,100
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $450
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $430
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $300
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $700
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $330
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 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Tram from Downtown Long Beach Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Oakland Coliseum - OAC
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
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
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Premium
$240 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $160
Business Seat
$110 - $160
Bus operators
Big Blue Bus
Phone
+1 310-451-5444
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Aviation/Lax Station to 4Th Nb & Colorado Fs
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Foothill Transit
Phone
+1 800-743-3463
Website
foothilltransit.org
Bus from Pomona Transit Center to Flower St and Pico Blvd
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
foothilltransit.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Francisco to Ucla
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Hoang Express
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from San Francisco, CA to Chinatown Station
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Book at
gotobus.com
Cabin
Email
help@ridecabin.com
Website
ridecabin.com
Night bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Schedules at
ridecabin.com
Book at
ridecabin.com

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 8h 27m and costs $16 - $27. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $60 - $95 and takes 14h 43m.

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 27m.

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San Francisco to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at Ucla station.

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San Francisco to Santa Monica train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Santa Monica is 384 miles. It takes approximately 6h 19m to drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica.

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

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There are 1580+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to San Francisco Airport is to BART which takes 29 min and costs $3 - $5.

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