There are 4 ways to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente by bus, train, tram or car

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

Bus, train  •  3 h 37 min

  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 Clemente Pier Amtrak Pacific Surfliner / ...

$12 - $58

3 alternative options

Tram, train  •  3 h 41 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 San Clemente Pier station Orange County Line

$14 - $19

Line 720 bus, bus  •  4 h 48 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 bus from Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 7 to Calle De Los Molinos-Avd Pico 91

$16 - $38

Drive  •  1 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to San Clemente 75.2 miles

$7 - $11

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to San Clemente via 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, Santa Ana, Ca, Santa Ana-Santiago, Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 6, and Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 7 in around 4 h 48 min.

Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Clemente Pier Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25 - $55
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Room
$140 - $200
Metrolink Trains
Website
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to San Clemente Pier station
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Train from L. A. Union Station station to San Clemente Pier station
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
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
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 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
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 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 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 Santa Ana, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Orange County Transportation
Website
octa.net
Bus from Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 7 to Calle De Los Molinos-Avd Pico
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Santa Monica to San Clemente?

The distance between Santa Monica and San Clemente is 105 km. The road distance is 120 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente?

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente is to drive which costs $7 - $11 and takes 1 h 17 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente?

The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente is to drive which takes 1 h 17 min and costs $7 - $11.

Is there a direct bus between Santa Monica and San Clemente?

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to San Clemente. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Calle De Los Molinos-Avd Pico via Los Angeles, Ca, Santa Ana-Santiago and Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 7. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 48 min.

How long does it take to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente?

It takes approximately 3 h 37 min to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente, including transfers.