No car, no problem here in Marina del Rey. With several free and low-cost transportation options, you don’t need a rental car to enjoy your vacation on the Los Angeles coast.
The updated 2021 schedule offers limited service on Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Holiday hours for 4th of July and Labor Day are 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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 (Lot #10 at Marina Mother’s Beach is currently closed) and use the WaterBus for a direct drop-off at many waterside destinations, including Burton Chace Park. The WaterBus runs Fridays through Sundays and holidays in the summer. Rides are $1 each way. Strollers and bikes are allowed; no pets.View WebSite
A fleet of five-passenger electric shuttles offer free, on-demand transportation daily from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Download the free Ride Circuit app to schedule your pick-up. Circuit, formerly known as Free Ride, will no longer accept texts. Allow 10-15 minutes for pick-up. Gratuity for the driver is appreciated. Service is limited to the Marina and Venice Beach; the cars cannot travel on or cross Lincoln Boulevard. That boundary includes our hotels, restaurants, and water attractions.
Updated for 2021: Circuit is currently operating.
THE BEACH SHUTTLE - SUSPENDED
Beach Shuttle service suspended until further notice.View WebSite
PUBLIC BUS SERVICE
The Santa Monica Big 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 and shop at Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. There are two Route 3 lines – one is an express, with limited stops, so check with the driver about your intended destination. The Big Blue Bus Route 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. Lines 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. 424-526-7900.
Metro Rail E Line Santa Monica
The Metro Rail E Line (formerly Expo Line) in Downtown Santa Monica is just 5 miles north of the Marina. A quick taxi ride will get you to the sparkling Marina waters in no time! Make sure to buy a Metro TAP Card in order to ride the Metro Rail. Cash is not accepted.View WebSite
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft operate throughout Los Angeles and at Los Angeles International Airport (pickups take place on the Departures level). In Marina del Rey, be sure to call your car to a safe location – do not attempt a pickup 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.