There are 4 ways to get from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake by bus, train, car or plane

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

Recommended option

Line 720 bus, bus  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from Wilshire / 14th to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
  3. Take the bus from E St & Court St to Sandalwood Dr 5

$20 - $46

Cheapest option

Line 704 bus, train, bus  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the line 704 bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza 704
  2. Take the train from L. A. Union Station station to San Bernardino Depot station
  3. Take the bus from Metrolink Station to Sandalwood Dr 5

$18 - $32

2 alternative options

Drive  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake 115.5 miles

$11 - $17

Fly, drive  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to Indio/Palm Springs (PSP) LAX - PSP
  2. Drive from Indio/Palm Springs to Big Bear Lake

$167 - $436

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake. However, there are services departing from Wilshire / 14th and arriving at The Village at Bartlett Rd via Los Angeles, Ca, E St & Court St and Sandalwood Dr. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 51 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Big Bear Lake is 92 miles. The road distance is 115.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake without a car is to line 720 bus and bus which takes 5 h 51 min and costs $19 - $50.

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It takes approximately 5 h 51 min to get from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from Wilshire / 14th station.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to Indio/Palm Springs Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake.
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  • Distance: 92.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 51 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Big Bear Lake, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Big Bear Lake via 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, San Bernardino, Ca, E St & Court St, and Sandalwood Dr in around 5 h 51 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to Indio/Palm Springs
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Train operators
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to San Bernardino Depot station
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to 7th / Decatur
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Bernardino, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$21 - $28
Mountain Transit
Phone
+1 909-878-5200
Website
mountaintransit.org
Bus from E St & Court St to Sandalwood Dr
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Schedules at
mountaintransit.org
Bus from Metrolink Station to Sandalwood Dr
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Schedules at
mountaintransit.org

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