There are 5 ways to get from Santa Monica to Ventura by bus, train or car

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 788 bus, train  •  4 h

  1. Take the line 788 bus from Lindbrook / Westwood to Van Nuys / Keswick 788
  2. Take the train from Van Nuys Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$28 - $56

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to 7Th Wb & Figueroa Ns R10
  2. Take the bus from Figueroa & 7th to Thousand Oaks Transit Center
  3. Take the bus from Esplanade & Esplanade Shp Ctr to Main & Oak 6

$5 - $12

3 alternative options

Line 788 bus, bus  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Take the line 788 bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Van Nuys / Keswick 788
  2. Take the bus from Van Nuys Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Line 733 bus, train  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Take the line 733 bus from 2nd / Santa Monica to Cesar E Chavez / Alameda 733 / ...
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

$29 - $62

Drive  •  1 h 6 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Ventura 63.6 miles

$6 - $9

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica to Ventura is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Monica to Ventura is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Ventura. However, there are services departing from Wilshire Eb & Lincoln Fs and arriving at Ventura Amtrak via Wilshire / Veteran and Van Nuys Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 18 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Ventura is 50 miles. The road distance is 63.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Ventura without a car is to line 788 bus and train which takes 4 h and costs $27 - $60.

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Santa Monica to Ventura, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Ventura bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from Wilshire / Veteran station.

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Santa Monica to Ventura bus services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Ventura Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Ventura is 64 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 6 min to drive from Santa Monica to Ventura.

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There are 190+ hotels available in Ventura. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Ventura.
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  • Distance: 49.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

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

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Ventura via Wilshire Eb & Veteran Ns, Wilshire / Veteran, Van Nuys / Keswick, and Van Nuys Amtrak in around 4 h 18 min.

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 Van Nuys Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Train from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $60
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$27 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Business Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Room
$150 - $210
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Lindbrook / Westwood to Van Nuys / Keswick
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Wilshire / Veteran to Van Nuys / Keswick
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from 2nd / Santa Monica to Cesar E Chavez / Alameda
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Van Nuys Amtrak to Ventura Amtrak
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to 7Th Wb & Figueroa Ns
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Ladot
Website
ladottransit.com
Bus from Figueroa & 7th to Thousand Oaks Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ladotbus.com
Gold Coast Transit
Website
goldcoasttransit.org
Bus from Esplanade & Esplanade Shp Ctr to Main & Oak
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
goldcoasttransit.org
Ventura County Transportation Commission
Phone
(800) 438-1112
Website
goventura.org
Bus from Esplanade Mall NB to Santa Clara and Oak WB
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
Ventura County Transportation Commission

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