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

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  •  3 h 58 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 Palmdale station Antelope Valley Line

$15 - $19

Cheapest option

Line 704 bus, train  •  4 h 37 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 Palmdale station Antelope Valley Line

$13 - $18

3 alternative options

Line 720 bus, bus  •  4 h 1 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Palmdale, Ca 6306 / ...

$15 - $32

Drive  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Palmdale 61.1 miles

$6 - $9

Uber  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Monica to Palmdale 61.1 miles

$65 - $85

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Palmdale is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Palmdale is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 2 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Palmdale. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Palmdale, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 1 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Palmdale is 44 miles. The road distance is 61.1 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Palmdale without a car is to tram and train which takes 3 h 58 min and costs $14 - $19.

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It takes approximately 3 h 58 min to get from Santa Monica to Palmdale, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Palmdale is 61 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 2 min to drive from Santa Monica to Palmdale.

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There are 53+ hotels available in Palmdale. Prices start at $63 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 44.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 58 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Palmdale via 7th / Decatur and Los Angeles, Ca in around 4 h 1 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 Palmdale station
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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 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.

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 Palmdale, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13 - $29
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $19
Flexible
$22 - $29
Other operators
Uber Los Angeles
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Monica to Palmdale
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Signup at
uber.com
Pool
$65 - $85
Assist
$70 - $90
Español
$70 - $90
UberX
$70 - $90
WAV
$70 - $90
UberXL
$110 - $140
Select
$160 - $210
Black
$230 - $300
Black SUV
$290 - $360
Lux
$330 - $410

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