Transportation

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

Between the Marvin Braude Bike Trail and the miles and miles of green bike lanes throughout the city, there are plenty of routes to get around Santa Monica via bicycle. Visit our Bike Santa Monica page for information on bike rentals.

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 5th Street. Carts operate from 11am to 9pm, with later hours on weekends. Many local hotels also offer car service around town.

ELECTRIC SCOOTERS AND BIKES

Lyft, SpinVeo and Wheels are the e-scooter and bike app brands operating in Santa Monica. Lyft offers Class 1 e-bikes, Spin offers 2- and 3-wheeled stand up scooters, Veo offers 2-wheeled stand up scooters and Class 2 e-bikes and Wheels offers 2-wheeled sit-down scooters.

SAFETY FIRST

Whether getting around in a car, on a train, bike, 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.