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

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

Line 720 bus, bus  •  4 h 23 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 9465

$19 - $42

4 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 50 min

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

$34 - $79

Line 704 bus, Amtrak Thruway  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Take the line 704 bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Patsaouras Transit Plaza 704
  2. Take the Amtrak Thruway from Los Angeles, CA to San Diego, CA 5818

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego 134.5 miles

$13 - $19

Bus, fly  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Take the bus from Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$111 - $356

Questions & Answers

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

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to San Diego is to drive which costs $13 - $19 and takes 2 h 17 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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It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from Santa Monica to San Diego, including transfers.

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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 4 h 23 min.

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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 23 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 53 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
59 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
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 Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 53 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 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 Wilshire / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
10 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 San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $26
Flexible
$30 - $40
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com

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