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There are 5 ways to get from Santa Monica to Solana Beach by tram, train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Tram, train  •  4 h 2 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 Los Angeles Union Station to Solana Beach Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner

$34 - $69

Cheapest option

Line 720 bus, bus, line 101 bus  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
  3. Take the line 101 bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Highway 101 & Plaza St 101

$19 - $40

3 alternative options

Bus, night bus  •  4 h 28 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 to Solana Beach Amtrak Station Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  1 h 56 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Solana Beach 113.6 miles

$11 - $17

Bus, fly, train  •  4 h 37 min

  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
  3. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Solana Beach Amtrak Station

$112 - $396

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Solana Beach is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 1 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Solana Beach is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 1 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Solana Beach. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Highway 101 & Plaza St via Los Angeles, Ca and Oceanside Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 30 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Solana Beach is 101 miles. The road distance is 113.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Solana Beach without a car is to tram and train which takes 4 h 2 min and costs $30 - $70.

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It takes approximately 4 h 2 min to get from Santa Monica to Solana Beach, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 44 min.

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Santa Monica to Solana Beach bus services, operated by North County Transit, arrive at Highway 101 & Plaza St station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Solana Beach is 114 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 56 min to drive from Santa Monica to Solana Beach.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Solana Beach.
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  • Distance: 100.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 2 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Solana Beach, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Solana Beach via 7th / Decatur, Los Angeles, Ca, Oceanside, Ca, and Oceanside Transit Center in around 5 h 30 min.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
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 Solana Beach Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Flexi Coach Seat
$50 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Room
$160 - $220
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Solana Beach Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$21 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Business Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Room
$130 - $180
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Solana Beach Station
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 / 14th to Wilshire / Veteran
Ave. Duration
10 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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Oceanside, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Los Angeles to Oceanside
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Bus from Oceanside Transit Center to Highway 101 & Plaza St
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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
Bus from Wilshire Eb & 14Th Ns to Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns
Ave. Duration
23 min
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 Solana Beach Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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

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