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There are 6 ways to get from Santa Monica to Tijuana by bus, tram, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana Centro 417 Santa Rosa / ...

Cheapest option

Line 720 bus, bus  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to 7th / Decatur 720
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx 9489 / ...

$22 - $52

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Tram, train  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
  3. Take the tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border

$37 - $82

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Tijuana 153.4 miles

$15 - $22

Bus, fly to San Diego, tram  •  5 h 21 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 tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
  4. Take the bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana

$123 - $408

Fly to El Centro, bus  •  7 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to El Centro (IPL) LAX - IPL
  2. Take the bus from Mexicali to Tijuana

$57 - $154

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Tijuana is to drive which costs $15 - $22 and takes 2 h 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Tijuana is to drive which costs $15 - $22 and takes 2 h 37 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Tijuana. However, there are services departing from 5th / Santa Monica and arriving at Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 28 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Tijuana is 136 miles. The road distance is 153.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Tijuana without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 17 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 17 min to get from Santa Monica to Tijuana, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Tijuana 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 Tijuana bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Tijuana is 153 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 37 min to drive from Santa Monica to Tijuana.

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  • Distance: 136.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 17 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Tijuana, Mexico?

ACN Autobuses operates a bus from Santa Monica to Tijuana 4 times a week, and the journey takes 3 h 9 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
Mokulele
Website
mokuleleairlines.com
Flights from Los Angeles to El Centro
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $180
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 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
San Diego Metro Transit
Phone
+1 619-233-3004
Website
sdmts.com
Tram from America Plaza Station to San Ysidro/Intl Border
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sdmts.com
Bus operators
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana Centro
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
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.

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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 Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $50
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$20 - $30
Flexible
$35 - $50
Bus from San Ysidro, Ca to Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $16
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $11
Flexible
$12 - $16
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Los Angeles to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from San Ysidro to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $50
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
Big Blue Bus
Website
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
ABC
Website
abc.com.mx
Bus from Mexicali to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
reservamos.mx
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reservamos.mx
Aguacaliente
Phone
6646212955
Email
atencionaclientes@autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Website
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx
Bus from Mexicali to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$17
Schedules at
autobusesaguacaliente.com.mx

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