Cars traveling the famed Route 66 may have helped put Santa Monica on the map, but these days you don’t need your own four wheels to cruise around town. Here are five easy ways to go car-free on your next trip with public transportation in Santa Monica.
When traveling around Santa Monica - remember to stay alert and focus on your surroundings, whether in a car, on a train, on a bike, on an electric scooter, or on foot. Be sure to read our safety tips to help you navigate the city.
Walk Santa Monica
Santa Monica measures just 8.3 square miles, and many destinations can be easily reached by a short walk. Many streets feature large, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Walking the streets is often noted as the best way to experience the local neighborhoods.
Bike Santa Monica
With miles and miles of bike lanes, it's easy to navigate Santa Monica on two wheels. There are several places throughout the city that offer bike rentals including Perry’s Café and Beach Rentals which offers nine Santa Monica bike rental locations and boasts the largest fleet in California, Helen’s Cycles, Santa Monica Bike Center, Bike Attack Electric. Visit our Bike Santa Monica page for more information.
Metro Expo Light Rail
The Metro Expo Line (323-466-3876) makes travel even easier, connecting 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. Additionally, with the ability to connect to Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between, visitors can travel to and from Santa Monica easily.
Santa Monica Bus
The Big Blue Bus departs the LAX City Bus Center and features two lines to town, Route 3 or Rapid 3. Once in Santa Monica, the Big Blue Santa Monica bus is also a very efficient way to get around. This is also a great option if you bus to Santa Monica from surrounding areas including greater Los Angeles and LAX. Starting on July 12, the Big Blue Bus will no longer accept cash or tokens. Customers will be required to pay the $1 fare with a contactless payments on a TAP card or mobile app. Click here for more information.
Pedestrians can also hail the Santa Monica Circuit (formerly Free Ride), 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 11am to 9pm, with later hours on weekends. Many local hotels also offer car service around town.
Renting a scooter or e-bike in Santa Monica is as easy as downloading an app to your phone, locating an e-scooter or e-bike with help from the app, and scooting away! Visitors can find three scooter/bike app brands operating in Santa Monica: Lyft, Spin, Veo and Wheels.
For more information on mobility opportunities throughout Santa Monica, visit the City of Santa Monica's website. For more ways to get around Santa Monica, check out Santa Monica transportation and directions.