There are 5 ways to get from Santa Monica to San Diego by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

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Line 720 bus, bus  •  4 h 24 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 9489 / ...

$20 - $48

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Train  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$34 - $79

Bus, night bus  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs R10
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego 134.5 miles

$13 - $19

Bus, fly  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire Eb & Lincoln Fs to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$111 - $356

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to San Diego. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 24 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and San Diego is 119 miles. The road distance is 134.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to San Diego without a car is to line 720 bus and bus which takes 4 h 24 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 24 min to get from Santa Monica to San Diego, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to San Diego is to line 720 bus and bus which takes 4 h 24 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 4 h 52 min.

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to San Diego is 135 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 17 min to drive from Santa Monica to San Diego.

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

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  • Distance: 119 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 24 min

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to San Diego via 7th / Decatur and Los Angeles, Ca in around 4 h 24 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Monica to San Diego every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2 h 55 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 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 Wilshire / Lincoln to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
12 min
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 San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Alameda Nb & Los Angeles Fs
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Wilshire Eb & Lincoln Fs to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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