Getting to the Marina

With its proximity to LAX and its access to LA’s major freeways, Marina del Rey is a convenient destination for travelers to Los Angeles. Once you’re here, a variety of transportation options keeps you mobile. The Free Ride, our on-demand local shuttle amenity offered daily, as well as public buses, taxis, and rideshare services make getting around without a rental car quite easy. But if you do want your own wheels, many rental car agencies are located at LAX, and there are several locations in the Marina, too.

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Driving to Marina del Rey

Driving into Marina del Rey from other parts of California is made simple with its proximity to major freeways. Marina del Rey is convenient to the 405, 10, and 105 freeways, as well as Lincoln Boulevard (Route 1).

From the northern Los Angeles area, drive south on Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway). Shortly past the junction with I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway), you’ll exit at Highway 90 (Marina Freeway). Take the 90 westbound for approximately 3 miles. As the freeway ends, turn left onto Mindanao Way, and drive into the Marina area. Turn left or right onto Admiralty Way to your destination.

From the southern Los Angeles area, drive north on I-405 (San Diego Freeway), past Los Angeles International Airport, and exit at Highway 90 (Marina Freeway). Take the 90 westbound for approximately 3 miles. As the freeway ends, turn left onto Mindanao Way, and drive into the Marina area. Turn left or right onto Admiralty Way to your destination.

From the eastern Los Angeles area, drive west on I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) to southbound I-405 (San Diego Freeway). Exit at Highway 90 (Marina Freeway). Take the 90 westbound for approximately 3 miles. As the freeway ends, turn left onto Mindanao Way, and drive into the Marina area. Turn left or right onto Admiralty Way to your destination.

Driving from LAX Airport to Marina del Rey

Arriving at LAX, the sixth busiest airport in the world, it’s reassuring to realize that you’re only moments away from a harbor of serenity – Marina del Rey. Being close enough to smell the Pacific means your journey is almost over.

Follow the ground transportation signs out of the terminal and into the sunshine. Shuttles, taxis, rental car buses, and public transportation are located on the arrival level. From LAX to Marina del Rey, taxi fare is approximately $25 and a shared shuttle ride runs $17-$20 per person. Rideshare services (such as Uber) are typically less.

Driving from LAX to Marina del Rey, less than 4 miles away, is a breeze. Exiting the airport, look for North Sepulveda Boulevard. Stay on Sepulveda Boulevard briefly, veering toward the left, and onto Lincoln Boulevard. Follow Lincoln Boulevard north for several miles. Turn left onto Fiji Way, and make a quick right onto Admiralty Way. You’re now in the Marina! If you are using a taxi, this route is less expensive than taking the freeway. If you have a rental car to pick up, you’ll find most of the agencies are very near Sepulveda Boulevard in the airport area, so you can use the same directions shown above.

Driving from Santa Monica  Airport to Marina Del Rey

If you arrive by private plane, Santa Monica Municipal Airport is approximately 6 miles from Marina del Rey. You can take a taxi or, if driving yourself, head west on Ocean Park Boulevard to Lincoln Boulevard. Turn left onto southbound Lincoln Boulevard (through Venice Beach), then right onto Bali Way. You’ll quickly reach Admiralty Way, the Marina’s main drag, so go left or right to your final destination.

Driving from Union Station to Marina del Rey

Arriving at the beautiful 1939 Union Station is a historically elegant introduction to LA. Located 15 miles east of Marina del Rey, the station now serves as a central regional transportation center for passenger train terminal for AMTRAK, city municipal bus lines, DASH buses within LA, and Southern California’s Metro Rail Lines.

The easiest way to get to Marina del Rey from Union Station is to take the Flyaway Service from Union Station, then transfer to a public municipal bus going to Marina del Rey. The Flyaway Service leaves from bus stop 9 located at Union Station East Portal/Patsaouras Transit Plaza, departing every 30 minutes. The fare is $6 (seniors $4) each way. Passengers are dropped off at the upper level/departure level of Los Angeles International Airport, which is just 4 miles from Marina del Rey. Go down to the lower level to catch a passenger shuttle or taxi to the Marina, or, take another shuttle to the LAX Bus Transit Center and board Santa Monica Blue Bus #3 going north to Marina del Rey.

Driving from the Greyhound Station to Marina del Rey

The Greyhound buses pull into the station in downtown LA at 1716 E. 7th Street. The terminal is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Contact or call 213-629-8401. To reach customer service, dial 213-629-8536 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. From the station, you can take city buses or taxis to the Marina.

From the Water

The world’s largest man-made recreational boat harbor, Marina del Rey features more than 5,000 slips and can accommodate boats with up to a 23-foot draft. Guest docks are provided at Burton Chace Park on a first come, first-served basis. Visitors should register in the Guest Dock Office, open daily from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m., in the Community Building located in the center of the park (last transaction begins at 7 p.m.). Call 310-305-9595 for more information.

Car Rentals

Most car rental agencies have offices around nearby L.A. International Airport. If you prefer to rent a car once you have arrived in Marina del Rey, several locations are available in the immediate Marina del Rey/Venice Beach area. Your hotel may also offer assistance in referring you to local car rental agencies.

Public City Bus

It’s easy to travel by bus from Marina del Rey to area attractions. Three city bus lines serve Marina del Rey with interconnecting routes.

MTA buses can get you almost anywhere. If your trip requires the use of more than one MTA bus line, you must pay the full fare for each line. Transfers between Metro (MTA) buses are not available.

Tips for riding the bus: There are many route options available to each destination. Research your plans, confirm your exact route, destination address, fare and transfer information before starting out on your journey by calling the bus lines directly.

Rates/schedules change frequently and without advance notice. Exact fare is required; drivers do not carry change. Coins or bills are accepted as fare. Ask for transfers only when boarding the bus. If you are unsure of your stop, sit in the front of the bus near the driver in case you have questions.

Marina del Rey Visitors Center offers a number of printed bus route schedules for visitors to the area. Stop by for more information, free brochures and route maps.

Santa Monica Blue Bus


Public municipal bus line serving greater LA and West Los Angeles areas

MTA - Los Angeles Municipal Bus Lines


Public municipal bus line serving greater Los Angeles area

Culver CityBus


The Culver CityBus 54-bus fleet carries riders across 33 square miles, servicing the Westside communities of Marina del Rey, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Century City, Culver City, Palms, Playa Vista, Westchester, Rancho Park, and Mar Vista. Direct connections are available to the MTA Green Line, LA MTA buses and Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus.

Sightseeing Tours

Malibu Discovery


Experience Malibu's beautiful wine country in luxury.  Stay connected with the official Facebook page!

VIP Tours

310-641-8114 or toll free 800-438-1814

City Tours, Night Tours, Grand Tour of Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood, Movie Stars Homes, Disneyland, Getty Center, Sea World, Queen Mary.

Los Angeles Sightseeing

310-458-0257 or toll free 800-870-1886

City Tours, Theme Parks, Movie Stars Homes, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, J. Paul Getty Center, San Diego and Tijuana.

LA Discovery Tours


Explore the extraordinary places in Los Angeles: Santa Monica, Venice, Marina del Rey, Pasadena, San Pedro/Long Beach, Hollywood, Malibu and beyond. Keep up with info on the official Facebook page!

CitySightseeing Hop On Hop Off Open Air Double Deck Tour

323-463-3333 or toll free 800-959-3131

Purchase a 24-hour or 48-hour pass and enjoy the freedom of experiencing Los Angeles on your own terms. One pass gives all-day, all routes access, and you get on and off the bus as you wish. Departures available from Marina del Rey at Fisherman's Village.

Summer Waterbus

In the summertime take advantage of the Marina del Rey WaterBus! For $1 each way, visitors enjoy a unique bird’s-eye view of the community as colorful boats carry passengers to many of the marina’s major attractions, hotels and restaurants. In 2016, the WaterBus will run June 16 – September 5. Days include Thursday – Saturday (11:00 am – Midnight) with Sundays and Labor Day operating from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Route information is available at local hotels and at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center during the summer.


Taxis are best utilized when traveling short distances in one area, particularly at night, when other public transportation may be less frequent. Los Angeles’s large size makes taking a cab across the city very expensive.

There are nine franchise taxi operators in L.A. who operate more than 2,300 taxis. Look for the official Los Angeles Taxicab Seal before entering any cab. Taxicabs bearing the seal are insured, have trained drivers and are regularly inspected by the City of Los Angeles. Any cab without the seal is a bandit cab with no legal authorization to operate in the City.

You can’t hail a taxi from the street in most parts of Los Angeles, but you can telephone for a taxi, or ask that your hotel or restaurant arrange a taxi for you.

To contact Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Customer Service regarding taxi complaints or compliments, call 1-800-501-0999.

United Independent Taxi


Staged at Marriott Marina del Rey.

The Free Ride

A fleet of five-passenger electric shuttles offers free on-demand transportation to attractions within the Marina. Cars operate daily from noon to 9 p.m.

The service area covers the Marina’s six hotels and many restaurants, as well as Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park, the Waterside shopping center, and Marina Beach. Select shuttles also travel to the Venice Pier and to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

Wave down a Free Ride car and hop in, or text your pick-up location and passenger count to 323-435-5000. Please allow 10–15 minutes for pick-up.

Weekend Beach Shuttle

Weekend visitors love to use the free Beach Shuttle as a convenient way to explore Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, and the Venice Pier area. Beginning March 31, 2017, the shuttle runs Friday – Sunday year-round.

Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays and holidays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. During the summer concert series at Burton Chace Park, service also runs Thursdays 5 – 10 p.m. Route information is available at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center and local hotels.

Transportation - Long Distance

Los Angeles International Airport


Major international airport serving Los Angeles and the Westside.

Greyhound Bus Lines


Long distance bus service to Southern Calfiornia and U.S. cities. To contact the Greyhound bus station in downtown Los Angeles call 213-629-8401.



Local and long distance rail service to Southern California and U.S. cities

Destination Guide

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