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There are 5 ways to get from Santa Monica to Irvine by tram, train, bus, car or rideshare

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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Tram, train  •  2 h 55 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 L. A. Union Station station to Tustin station Orange County Line

$12 - $15

Cheapest option

Line 704 bus, bus  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Take the line 704 bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza 704
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to Anaheim, CA
  3. Take the bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Paseo Westpark 53x / ...

$9 - $24

3 alternative options

Line 733 bus, train, bus  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the line 733 bus from 2nd / Santa Monica to Cesar E Chavez / Alameda 733 / ...
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Anaheim Amtrak
  3. Take the bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Paseo Westpark 53x / ...

$26 - $50

Drive  •  53 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Irvine 52 miles

$5 - $8

Bus, Tesloop  •  2 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from 4Th Sb & Santa Monica Place to Lax Transit Center Bay 11 R3 / ...
  2. Take the Tesloop from LAX Express to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Newport Beach LA-Newport Beach

$60 - $61

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Irvine is to drive which costs $5 - $8 and takes 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Irvine is to drive which costs $5 - $8 and takes 53 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Irvine. However, there are services departing from Santa Monica / Lincoln and arriving at Main-Paseo Westpark via Los Angeles, CA and Artic - Dock 1. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 27 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Irvine is 46 miles. The road distance is 52 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Irvine without a car is to tram and train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs $11 - $15.

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It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to get from Santa Monica to Irvine, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Irvine bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from Santa Monica / Lincoln station.

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Santa Monica to Irvine bus services, operated by OCTA, arrive at Main-Paseo Westpark station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Irvine is 52 miles. It takes approximately 53 min to drive from Santa Monica to Irvine.

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There are 663+ hotels available in Irvine. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Irvine.
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  • Distance: 45.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Irvine via Patsaouras Transit Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, Anaheim, CA, and Artic - Dock 1 in around 4 h 27 min.

Train operators
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
Every 15 minutes
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
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 Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Anaheim Amtrak
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$28 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 2nd / Santa Monica to Cesar E Chavez / Alameda
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
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
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Artic - Dock 1 to Main-Paseo Westpark
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from 4Th Sb & Santa Monica Place to Lax Transit Center Bay 11
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Other operators
Tesloop
Phone
+1 (818) 330-6446
Email
support@tesloop.com
Website
tesloop.com
Rideshare from LAX Express to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Newport Beach
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
tesloop.com
Book at
tesloop.com

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