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

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Fly Oakland to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  3h 53m

  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

$43 - $183

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Fly Oakland to Santa Ana, drive  •  3h 35m

  1. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Santa Ana (SNA) OAK - SNA
  2. Drive from Santa Ana to Santa Monica

$38 - $239

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Fly San Francisco to Los Angeles, line 3 bus  •  4h 2m

  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

$58 - $152

BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank, subway, tram  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the BART from Powell Street to Coliseum
  2. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR
  3. Take the subway from North Hollywood Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines
  4. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$75 - $215

Fly San Francisco to Burbank, tram  •  5h 10m

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

$97 - $344

BART to San Jose, fly to Burbank, subway, tram  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the BART from Powell Street to Milpitas
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR
  3. Take the subway from North Hollywood Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines
  4. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$104 - $476

Bus  •  9h 38m

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

$43 - $63

Bus via San Francisco  •  10h 57m

  1. Take the bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Union Sta "Greyhound"

$46 - $64

Train  •  14h 45m

  1. Take the train from Oakland to Los Angeles 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 383.3 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to drive which costs $35 - $55 and takes 6h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to fly and drive which costs $35 - $240 and takes 3h 35m.

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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, Union Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines and 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 45m.

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The distance between San Francisco and Santa Monica is 342 miles. The road distance is 383.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 9h 38m and costs $40 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3h 53m 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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San Francisco to Santa Monica train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Oakland station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 9h 38m and costs $40 - $65. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $60 - $95 and takes 14h 45m.

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  • Distance: 342 miles
  • Duration: 3h 53m

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

Xe Do Hoang Transportation operates a bus from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $60 and the journey takes 7h 30m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Oakland to Los Angeles once daily. Tickets cost $55 - $85 and the journey takes 12h 10m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $190
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $210
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $230
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $240
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $410
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $210
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$21 - $300
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$17 - $240
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $200
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles via Reno
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $200
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$120 - $490
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Oakland to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $200
Flights from Oakland to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $210
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $220
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Francisco to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $250
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell Street to Coliseum
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Powell Street to Milpitas
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Subway from North Hollywood Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
Tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro A Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
Metro Los Angeles
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 to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
12h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Schedules at
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
52 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$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
7h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
xedohoang.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco to Los Angeles Union Sta
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$40 - $65
Flexible
$70 - $110
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 quickest flight from Oakland Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 4m.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Santa Monica is 383 miles. It takes approximately 6h 19m to drive from San Francisco to Santa Monica.

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Spirit Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from Oakland Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2135+ 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 26 min and costs $8 - $10.

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