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There are 9 ways to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica by plane, bus, tram, train 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 to Los Angeles, line 20 bus  •  3h 16m

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

$77 - $250

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  8h 31m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose to Ucla FlixBus

$18 - $35

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Fly to Burbank, tram  •  3h 34m

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

$65 - $304

Fly to Long Beach, tram  •  4h 11m

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB) SJC - LGB
  2. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
  3. Take the tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$52 - $245

Fly to Santa Ana, train, tram  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Santa Ana (SNA) SJC - SNA
  2. Take the train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
  3. Take the tram from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines to Downtown Santa Monica Station

$77 - $251

Bus Megabus  •  10h 3m

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

$35 - $58

Bus Greyhound USA  •  10h 22m

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

$40 - $102

Train  •  13h 1m

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight

$72 - $213

Drive  •  5h 45m

  1. Drive from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica 344.3 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica is to bus which costs $18 - $35 and takes 8h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica is to fly and line 20 bus which costs $75 - $250 and takes 3h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica. However, there are services departing from San Jose Airport Terminal A and arriving at Santa Monica / Lincoln via Santa Clara Transit Center, San Jose, CA and Patsaouras Transit Plaza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 3m.

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The distance between San Jose Airport (SJC) and Santa Monica is 303 miles. The road distance is 344.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica without a car is to bus which takes 8h 31m and costs $18 - $35.

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It takes approximately 3h 16m to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica, including transfers.

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San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from San Jose, CA station.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica is to bus which takes 8h 31m and costs $18 - $35. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $70 - $220 and takes 13h 1m.

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 14m.

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San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica bus services, operated by Megabus, arrive at Los Angeles, CA station.

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Map of how to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica.
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  • Distance: 303 miles
  • Duration: 3h 16m

What companies run services between San Jose Airport (SJC), USA and Santa Monica, CA, USA?

Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica 3 times a day. Tickets cost $12 - $23 and the journey takes 6h. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $180 and the journey takes 10h 53m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $330
Flights from San Jose to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
Flights from San Jose to Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
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
47m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
46m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Tram from Pico Station to Downtown Santa Monica Station
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
metro.net
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from Tustin station to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.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 San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Santa Monica / 4th
Ave. Duration
12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose to Ucla
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Schedules at
flixbus.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 Jose, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica is 344 miles. It takes approximately 5h 45m to drive from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Santa Monica.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2469+ hotels available in Santa Monica. Prices start at $108 USD per night.

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