There are 5 ways to get from Santa Monica to La Jolla 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 33 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9465

$21 - $46

Cheapest option

Line 704 bus, train, bus  •  7 h 7 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 Oceanside station
  3. Take the bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Gilman Dr & Myers Dr 101

$18 - $24

3 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$36 - $82

Drive  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to La Jolla 125.8 miles

$12 - $18

Bus, fly, line 30 bus  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN
  3. Take the line 30 bus from Broadway & 1st Av to Silverado St & Herschel Av

$105 - $348

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to La Jolla via 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, San Diego, Ca, and 1st Av & Ash St in around 5 h 33 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Monica to La Jolla every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 44 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Old Town Transportation Center Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
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 34 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Gilman Dr & Myers Dr
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Monica and La Jolla is 172 km. The road distance is 201 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to La Jolla is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2 h 10 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to La Jolla is to drive which takes 2 h 10 min and costs $12 - $18.

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to La Jolla. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Silverado St & Herschel Av via Los Angeles, Ca and 1st Av & Ash St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 33 min.

It takes approximately 5 h 33 min to get from Santa Monica to La Jolla, including transfers.