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

Marina del Rey’s proximity to major Los Angeles freeways makes it simple to drive here from other parts of California. Marina del Rey is convenient to the 405, 10, and 105 freeways, as well as Lincoln Boulevard (Route 1).

From the north, drive south on Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway). Shortly past the junction with I-10 (Santa Monica 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.

From the south, drive north on Interstate 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 east, drive west on Interstate 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.

An alternate route coming from any direction is Interstate 105 westbound, although note that this is the most used route to LAX Airport. Exit 1C will take you to Highway 1 North/Sepulveda Boulevard, toward LAX. Stay to the left into the tunnel, following the sign for Highway 1/Lincoln Boulevard. Follow Lincoln Boulevard north for 5 miles. Turn left onto Fiji Way, and make a quick right onto Admiralty Way.

Driving from LAX Airport to Marina del Rey

Follow the ground transportation signs out of the terminal. Shuttles, taxis, and public transportation are located on the arrivals 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. Rideshare pick-ups occur on the departures level – look for “Ride Service Pick-Up” signs.

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, and veer left 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!

Driving from Santa Monica Expo Line to Marina del Rey

From the Downtown Santa Monica Station, navigate to Lincoln Boulevard and head southbound for about 5 miles. Turn right onto Bali Way. The next immediate intersection is with Admiralty Way, the Marina’s main drag, so go left or right to your final destination.

Public transportation 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.

To reach Marina del Rey from Union Station via public transportation, you will take the Flyaway Service to LAX, then transfer to the Number 3 Big Blue Bus. The Flyaway Service departs Union Station every 30 minutes. The fare is $9.75 each way, free for kids under age 6 with a paying adult (up to two kids per adult). Passengers are dropped off at the LAX departures level. On this level, look for the sign “Private Parking Lots Shuttle Zone.” Catch the Lot C Shuttle to the Bus Transit Center, where you can connect with Big Blue Number 3. If you want to travel by rideshare such as Uber, these pick-ups also occur on the departures level – look for “Ride Service Pick-Up” signs. Taxi pick-up is at the arrivals level.

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. Connect with www.greyhound.com 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

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

The Santa Monica Blue Bus is a great way to explore the Los Angeles Westside. In the Marina,  Number 3 travels along Lincoln Boulevard to Santa Monica, where you can visit the Pier and shop at Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. There are two Number 3 buses – one is an Express, with limited stops, so check with the driver about your intended destination. The Blue Bus Number 3 also travels to and from the LAX Bus Terminal. 310-451-5444; bigbluebus.com.

The Culver City Green Bus Line carries riders across 25 square miles of several Westside communities. Bus Nos. 7 and 1 traverse the Marina’s main throughways. 310-253-6510; culvercitybus.com.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA, or Metro) oversees bus and rail lines in the Greater Los Angeles area. This is a massive network that can generally get you anywhere you need to be in Los Angeles. 323-466-3876; metro.net.

The Marina del Rey Visitors Center has printed maps for many public transportation routes. Visit us at 4701 Admiralty Way; weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 310-305-9545.

Santa Monica Blue Bus

310-451-5444

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

MTA - Los Angeles Municipal Bus Lines

323-466-3876

Public municipal bus line serving greater Los Angeles area

Culver CityBus

310-253-6510

The Culver CityBus fleet services 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 Rail Green Line, MTA buses, and Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus.

Sightseeing Tours

Malibu Discovery

310-393-6555

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

310-393-6555

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 2017, the WaterBus will run June 22- September 4. Operating times are Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – midnight; and Sundays and Labor Day, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Route information is available at local hotels and at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center during the summer.

Taxis

Sprawling Los Angeles is not the type of city where taxis are available to hail from the street corner at any time. If you need a taxi, generally you need to call a local provider to send one. Most restaurants and hotels will assist you. There are nine franchise taxi operators in LA that operate more than 2,300 taxis. Your taxi must bear the official Los Angeles Taxicab Seal, which indicates the taxi company is insured, has trained drivers, and is regularly inspected by the City of Los Angeles. Any cab without the seal is a bandit cab with no legal authorization to operate.

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

Yellow Cab

800-924-8294

Smartphone app for iPhone and Android available.

United Independent Taxi

323-653-5050

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

855-463-5252

Major international airport serving Los Angeles and the Westside.

Greyhound Bus Lines

800-231-2222

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.

AMTRAK Train

800-872-7245

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

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