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.
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.
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:
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Santa Monica Blue Bus
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Culver City Bus
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Santa Monica Blue Bus is a great way to see the Westside. It can take you to Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, shopping at Third Street Promenade and Will Rogers State Beach just for starters. If you are feeling even more adventurous, then take the Big Blue to downtown Los Angeles for stops at the Music Center, Olvera Street, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Geffen Contemporary at the MOCA and innumerable other destinations of interest. Big Blue also connects you to LAX, Santa Monica Airport, Greyhound Bus Station, Union AMTRAK Metro Station and all Metro Rail Lines.
The Culver City Green Bus Line carries riders on 44 buses across 25 square miles, encompassing the Westside communities of Marina del Rey, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Century City, Culver City, Palms, Westchester, Rancho Park and Mar Vista. You can connect to the MTA Green Line and Santa Monica Blue Bus.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), or Metro (buses are painted orange, black and white, or red) oversees 200 metro bus lines and three metro rail lines. Consider buying a Metro Day Pass which is valid all day on Metro buses (only).
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 case 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.
Summer Weekend Beach Shuttle
Summer weekend visitors love to use the free Marina del Rey Summer Beach Shuttle as a convenient way to explore the community. The shuttle runs summer weekends, holidays, and concert nights from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Schedule and route information is available at local hotels and at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center.
In the summertime take advantage of the Marina del Rey WaterBus for a unique bird's-eye view of the community. Colorful boats carry passengers on the water to many of the marina's major attractions, hotels and restaurants. The WaterBus runs on summer weekends, holidays and concert nights from late June through Labor Day Weekend. Schedule and route information is available at local hotels and at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center.
Sightseeing in Marina del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica areas is easy to do on your own, by public transportation and affordable rental cars.
If you prefer to leave the driving to someone else, local tour companies provide pre-packaged half-day and full-day narrated escorted city tours of Los Angeles area attractions and landmarks, including pick up from all hotels in Marina del Rey.
Hotel concierges are a great resource for tour information, usually has a fistful of brochures to get you going, and will be happy to make reservations for you.
Helpful information on local and area sightseeing can also be found at the Marina del Rey Visitors Center. Make a point to stop at the Center upon your arrival in town.