No car, no problem here in Marina del Rey. With several local free and low-cost transportation options, you don’t need a rental car to enjoy your vacation on the Los Angeles coast. Here’s why:
THE FREE RIDE
The Free Ride launched in Marina del Rey in December 2016 and it’s become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. A fleet of five-passenger electric shuttles offer free, on-demand transportation daily from noon to 9 p.m. Just text 323-435-5000 with your pick-up point, passenger count, and destination. Allow 10-15 minutes for pick-up. Gratuity for the driver is appreciated. Here’s the route map – basically, the cars cannot cross Lincoln Boulevard. The boundary includes our hotels, restaurants, and water attractions.
THE BEACH SHUTTLE
The Playa Vista Beach Shuttle has long been a popular summer amenity. Starting March 31, 2017, operators are trying out year-round weekend service – still completely free. Hop on these orange buses Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sundays and holidays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and on Thursdays and Saturdays for the Summer Concert Series at Burton Chace Park, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. The beach shuttles run on a loop between Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, and the Venice Pier. Click here for a downloadable PDF brochure.
MARINA DEL REY WATERBUS
Catch the summer-season WaterBus from any of eight stops in the Marina and enjoy a unique mode of transport to dining, hotels, and water recreation options. Park your car in one of the local lots and use the WaterBus for a direct drop-off at many waterside destinations, including Burton Chase Park for the summer concerts. The WaterBus runs From mid-June through Labor Day, Thursdays through Sundays and holidays. Rides are only $1 each way. Get the schedule and map at marinawaterbus.com.
CITY BUS SERVICE
The Santa Monica Blue Bus is a great way to explore the Los Angeles Westside. In the Marina, Route 3 travels along Lincoln Boulevard to Santa Monica, where you can visit the Pier, shop at Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place, and watch for celebrities. Route 18 takes riders through Venice Beach. 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.
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft do operate throughout Los Angeles and at Los Angeles International Airport. In Marina del Rey, be sure to call your car to a safe location – do not attempt a pick-up or drop-off along any major street. Find a landmark such as a large storefront in a parking lot to help your driver find you.