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
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. 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. 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 flyer.
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 2017 WaterBus runs from June 22 through September 4, Thursdays through Sundays and holidays. Rides are only $1 each way. Get the schedule and map here.
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 Route3 buses – 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. 310-305-9545.
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 or Uber trip will get you to the sparkling Marina waters in no time!
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.
You’ll get acquainted with the marina’s top entertainment and dining areas, plus get to swing by iconic places in our neighboring communities. Hop off at your leisure to explore such attractions as the Venice Pier and Boardwalk, “Muscle Beach,” Santa Monica’s 3rd 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!
Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft operate throughout Los Angeles and at Los Angeles International Airport. *Pick-ups take place on the Departures level. 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.