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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 Third Street Promenade that shows movie theaters, shops and restaurants.

While visiting Downtown Santa Monica you can find local information at:
• Santa Monica Visitor Center, 1920 Main Street, Suite B. (310) 319-6263.
• 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.

Buses
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 www.bigbluebus.com or call (310) 451-5444.

Big Blue Bus information also is available just off Third Street Promenade on Broadway at The Big Blue Bus Transit Store located at 223 Broadway.

Taxis
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).

Bikes
The City of Santa Monica’s Bike Transit Center is now open in Parking Structure 7 at 320 Broadway, and 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: www.bikesm.com.

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: 1 rack (capacity: 4 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.