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

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Train  •  4h 48m

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

$34 - $79

Cheapest option

Line 720 bus, bus  •  4h 52m

  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

3 alternative options

Bus, night bus  •  5h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Cesar E Chavez / Spring 704 / ...
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  2h 17m

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego 134.5 miles

$13 - $19

Bus, fly  •  3h 35m

  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

$111 - $356

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to San Diego is to drive which costs $13 - $19 and takes 2h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to San Diego is to drive which costs $13 - $19 and takes 2h 17m.

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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 4h 52m.

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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 train which takes 4h 48m and costs $30 - $80.

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It takes approximately 4h 48m 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 train which takes 4h 48m and costs $30 - $80. Alternatively, you can line 720 bus and bus, which costs $19 - $50 and takes 4h 52m.

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

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 119 miles
  • Duration: 4h 48m

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

Amtrak operates a train from Santa Monica to San Diego every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2h 54m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santa Monica to San Diego via 7th / Decatur and Los Angeles, Ca in around 4h 52m.

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
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 San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
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
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Cesar E Chavez / Spring
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
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 San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
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 Main
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
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
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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

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

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