There are 6 ways to get from Santa Monica to Dana Point by bus, train, tram or car

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Recommended option

Bus, train  •  4 h

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs R10
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$29 - $59

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from LAX City Bus Center to Broadway / Long Beach Layover 232
  2. Take the bus from 7Th-Channel to Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast 1

$6 - $14

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Tram, train  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines Metro Expo Line
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$31 - $61

Line 720 bus, bus, line 90 bus  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca
  3. Take the line 90 bus from Tustin Metrolink Station-Dock 5 to Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast 90

$18 - $36

Line 704 bus, train, line 90 bus  •  5 h 18 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 Tustin station
  3. Take the line 90 bus from Tustin Metrolink Station-Dock 5 to Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast 90

$12 - $20

Drive  •  1 h 13 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Dana Point 72.4 miles

$7 - $11

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Dana Point is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Dana Point is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 13 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Dana Point. However, there are services departing from 4Th Sb & Santa Monica Fs and arriving at Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast via LAX City Bus Center, Long Beach Blvd & 3Rd Se and 7Th-Channel. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 45 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Dana Point is 60 miles. The road distance is 72.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Dana Point without a car is to bus and train which takes 4 h and costs $28 - $60.

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Santa Monica to Dana Point, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Dana Point bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from LAX City Bus Center station.

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Santa Monica to Dana Point bus services, operated by OCTA, arrive at Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Dana Point is 72 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 13 min to drive from Santa Monica to Dana Point.

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There are 170+ hotels available in Dana Point. Prices start at $105 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 59.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Dana Point, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Dana Point via 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, Santa Ana, Ca, Santa Ana station, Tustin station, and Tustin Metrolink Station-Dock 5 in around 4 h 58 min.

Train operators
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Tustin station
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Bus operators
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 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
Bus from LAX City Bus Center to Broadway / Long Beach Layover
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 20 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.

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 Los Angeles, Ca to Santa Ana, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Tustin Metrolink Station-Dock 5 to Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from 7Th-Channel to Golden Lantern-Pacific Coast
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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