Getting Around

Getting Around


Walk, stroll or bike, 
It's easy to explore
Downtown Santa Monica


We strive to make getting around Downtown Santa Monica easy and efficient for visitors, local employees and residents alike. It is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Los Angeles and you’ll find you can spend days here without ever having to get in a car.

Walking Map
Download a walking map of the area that shows movie theaters, shops and restaurants.

While visiting Downtown Santa Monica you can find local information at:
• Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street. (800) 544-5319.
• Visitor Information Cart, Third Street Promenade between Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Avenue.
• Visitor Information Kiosk, 1400 Ocean Avenue, on the ocean side of the street.
• Information directories located throughout the Promenade.

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus provides transportation services to both the local and Greater Los Angeles areas.

Downtown Santa Monica is accessible via many Big Blue Bus routes. Get the full online schedule and route information at or call (310) 451-5444.

Big Blue Bus information also is available just off Third Street Promenade at the Transit Store, 1444 Fourth Street.


Santa Monica is now accessible by train. On May 20, 2016 the Metro Expo Rail Line Extension into Downtown Santa Monica opened. People can now travel from Downtown L.A. to Downtown Santa Monica in roughly 46 minutes and never have to worry about parking or traffic. The Expo extension drops passengers off at the corner of 4th Street and Colorado Avenue, just two blocks from the popular Third Street Promenade shopping and dining pedestrian mall, as well as Santa Monica Place, which is loaded with luxury brands, as well as popular eateries. For more information, visit:

The City of Santa Monica has implemented a taxi franchise system to ensure a consistently high level of service, to meet environmental and other goals, and to reduce the overall number of taxis operating within Santa Monica’s 8.3 square miles. Only taxis from the five franchised companies can pick up customers in Santa Monica. The franchised companies are:

Bell Cab Company - (888) 481-2345
Independent Taxi Owners Association - (800) 521-8294
Metro Cab Company - (310) 444-7777
Taxi! Taxi! - (310) 444-4444
Yellow Cab Company - (877) 733-3305

Taxicabs are located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Avenue,  just off Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica.

To ensure taxi companies comply with the terms of the franchise, the City has a Taxi Hotline to which riders can report any issues: (310) 458-CAB4 (2224).

The City of Santa Monica’s Bike Transit Center is now open in Parking Structure 8 at 215 Colorado Avenue. The Center provides secure bike parking and a variety of mobility services including retail, bike repair, bike rental, attended bike parking and public information on alternative transportation.

Information on the Transit Center and biking in Santa Monica is available on the Bike Center web site:

Pick up more tips on cycling safely by downloading this comprehensive guide created by the City of Santa Monica.

Bicycle parking in and around Downtown Parking Structures

Structure 1: 1 rack (capacity: 4 bikes)
Structure 2: 1 rack (capacity: 4 bikes)
Structure 3: 1 rack (capacity: 4 bikes)
Structure 4: 7 racks (capacity: 46 bikes)
Structure 5: 2 racks (capacity: 20 bikes)
Structure 6: Enclosed rack (capacity: 72 bikes)
Structure 7: 14 racks (capacity: 28 bikes)
Structure 8: 12 racks (capacity: 24 bikes)
Civic Center: 19 lockers (capacity: 19 bikes, riders must furnish their own padlocks)
Main Library: 19 racks (capacity: 72 bikes)

The Santa Monica Police Department recommends using a case-hardened steel lock such as a U-lock. These locks are somewhat bulky, but are more effective at preventing bicycle theft than chains or cable locks. Secure frame and both wheels (removing front wheel if necessary) to a bike rack or other stationary object.