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

Tram, train  •  3 h 32 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

$15 - $19

Cheapest 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 / ...

$13 - $58

2 alternative options

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

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

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

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The distance between Santa Monica and San Clemente is 65 miles. The road distance is 75.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 3 h 32 min to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente, including transfers.

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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.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente without a car is to tram and train which takes 3 h 32 min and costs $14 - $19.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to San Clemente.
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  • Distance: 65.4 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 32 min

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
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 20 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 San Clemente Pier station
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $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
$11 - $15
Schedules at
metrolinktrains.com
Amtrak
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Contact Details
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
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 33 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
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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 Santa Ana, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$10 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$10 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
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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