Santa Monica is a walkable seaside city making getting around during a meeting, incentive or leisure stay extremely convenient. Plenty of public transportation options provide easy access locally and to the greater Los Angeles and Southern California destinations. Here are five easy ways to go car-free in Santa Monica.
WALK SANTA MONICA
Just 8.3 square miles, many of Santa Monica’s attractions, retail and dining spots can easily reached by a short walk. Walking the streets that feature large, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks is a great way to experience the local neighborhoods.
BIKE SANTA MONICA
Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share program is a citywide, public bike share program that boasts over 500 bright-green bikes available at various locations around town. Each bike is equipped with chainless transmission and a “smart bike” system that lets users use GPS software to locate the nearest set of wheels and download a mobile app to pay fares. Miles of bike lanes around town add to the ease of getting around Santa Monica by bike.
METRO EXPO LIGHT RAIL
The Metro Expo Line connects Santa Monica by light rail to Downtown Los Angeles in under 50 minutes. With three stations located throughout Santa Monica - from the downtown neighborhood to Mid-City - the Metro Expo Line is a great way to travel within the destination, and to connect to and from Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between.
SANTA MONICA BUS
The Big Blue Bus departs the LAX City Bus Center via Route 3 or Rapid 3; a great option to Santa Monica from LAX. Tickets are just $1.25. Once in Santa Monica, the Big Blue Santa Monica bus is also a very efficient way to get around.
SANTA MONICA CIRCUIT
Pedestrians can hail the Santa Monica Circuit, golf cart–style cabs that offer a complimentary lift anywhere in their service area between Wilshire Boulevard and Marine Street, and from the ocean to Fifth Street. Carts operate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with later hours on weekends. Many local hotels also offer car service around town.
The City of Santa Monica has selected Bird, Jump, and Lyft as the four operators to participate in the city's Shared Mobility Pilot Program, which kicked off in September 2018 and will run through December 2019. The four companies offer app-driven electric scooters, and Lyft and Jump also offer electric bikes available throughout the city.
Whether getting around in a car, on a train, on a bike, on an electric scooter, or on foot., Santa Monica always thinks Safety First! Be sure to read our safety tips to help you navigate the city.
For more information on mobility opportunities throughout Santa Monica, visit the City of Santa Monica's website.