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

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Tram, train  •  3h 43m

  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 to Oceanside Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner

$32 - $64

Cheapest option

Line 704 bus, train  •  4h 45m

  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 Orange County Line

$15 - $20

3 alternative options

Line 720 bus, bus  •  4h 25m

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca 9455 / ...

$17 - $38

Drive  •  1h 39m

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Oceanside 96.7 miles

$9 - $14

Bus, fly, train  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN
  3. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Amtrak Station

$112 - $400

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Oceanside is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Oceanside is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1h 39m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Oceanside. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Oceanside, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 25m.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Oceanside is 86 miles. The road distance is 96.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Oceanside without a car is to tram and train which takes 3h 43m and costs $30 - $65.

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It takes approximately 3h 43m to get from Santa Monica to Oceanside, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Oceanside bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from 5th / Santa Monica station.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 47m.

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Santa Monica to Oceanside bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Oceanside, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Oceanside is 97 miles. It takes approximately 1h 39m to drive from Santa Monica to Oceanside.

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  • Distance: 86.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 43m

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Oceanside via 7th / Decatur and Los Angeles, Ca in around 4h 25m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
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
46m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 to Oceanside Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$28 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $220
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
58m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Metrolink Trains
Phone
(800) 371-LINK (5465)
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to Oceanside station
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Oceanside Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
10m
Frequency
Hourly
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 Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Los Angeles to Oceanside
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 314+ hotels available in Oceanside. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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