How to Get to Santa Monica

Santa Monica is located within Greater Los Angeles, making access to the city easy by public transportation, air travel or car.

Airports

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the closest airport to Santa Monica, with direct bus service, FlyAway buses and shuttles. LAX FlyAway® offers FlyAway bus service between LAX and Santa Monica. Buses operate hourly from 5:45am to 11:45pm every day, including weekends and holidays from LAX and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (1875 Main Street). One-way fare is $8 and children five years old and younger are free.

LAX BUR SNA LGB ONT
Los Angeles International Airport Bob Hope Airport John Wayne Airport Long Beach Airport Ontario International Airport
8 mi 25 mi 52 mi 35 mi 60 mi

Public Transportation

Santa Monica transportation shares public services and routes with other systems within the Los Angeles area, making access widely available.

OPTIONS TRAIN LIGHT RAIL BUS
Operator Amtrak EXPO Line Big Blue Bus
Schedule Daily service from San Diego and San Francisco. Opens Early 2016 24-hour service.
Route Name Coast Starlight

Pacific Surfliner

Southwest Chief

Sunset Limited

EXPO LRT Rapid 10 (#10 Express)
Connections Stop at Union Station

Connection required (Light rail or Big Blue Bus).

Direct route from Downtown LA (Union Station) to Downtown Santa Monica. Direct route from Downtown LA (Union Station) to Downtown Santa Monica.
Travel Time n/a 46 min 45 min – 90 min

Car

Greater Los Angeles is a large metropolitan area with heavy traffic levels at certain times of day. Numerous routes are available to reach Santa Monica, with the Interstate system (I-10 / I-5) and the Pacific Coast Highway (US-1) are the most popular routes.

Once in Santa Monica, real-time parking information and a downloadable app are available through the City of Santa Monica.

COMING FROM DOWNTOWN LA ANAHEIM SAN DIEGO SANTA BARBARA MALIBU
Main Road I-10 I-5 I-5 US-1 US-1
Type Interstate Highway Interstate Highway Interstate Highway Scenic Highway Scenic Highway
Avg. Travel Time 20 – 45 min 45 min – 1:15 hrs 2:00 – 2:30 hrs 1:45 – 2:00 hrs 30 min

Taxi Cab Services

Santa Monica offers a number of franchised taxi companies available for your travel needs, all of which offer a flat rate fare from Santa Monica to LAX ranging from $30-35 depending on your location in the city and not including tip (approximately 15% of fare).

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