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.
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 2019 WaterBus runs from June 20 through September 2, Thursdays through Sundays and holidays. Rides are $1 each way.View WebSite
THE FREE RIDE
A fleet of five-passenger electric shuttles offer free, on-demand transportation daily from noon to 9 p.m. Just text 323-435-5000 (no calls, please) with your pick-up point, passenger count, and destination. 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.FLYER
THE BEACH SHUTTLE
The free Playa Vista Beach Shuttle runs a loop between Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, and the Venice Pier. 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.FLYER
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.
Expo Line Santa Monica
The Metro Rail 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!View WebSite
Hop On, Hop Off
Fisherman’s Village is an easy start/stop point for the popular hop-on, hop-off narrated bus tour from Starline Tours. Take the Green Loop for a fun 1.5-hour drive through Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica. Hop off at your leisure to explore such attractions as the Venice Pier and Boardwalk, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade shops, and the amusement park at the Santa Monica Pier. Then catch the next bus (they’re every 30-45 minutes) back to beautiful Marina del Rey!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.