Downtown Santa Monica 
is easily accessible 

The City of Santa Monica has instituted a taxi franchise system to ensure consistently high service and to meet our local environmental goals. Only taxis from the five franchised companies listed below can legally pick up customers in Santa Monica.

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

Taxi stands are also located on Santa Monica Boulevard and Arizona Ave. just off Third Street Promenade in Downtown Santa Monica.

To report a cab company that is not in compliance with local franchise terms, call the City’s Taxi Hotline at (310) 458-CAB4 (2224).

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus system provides transportation locally and between Santa Monica and the greater Los Angeles area.

Downtown Santa Monica is accessible via many Big Blue Bus routes. For route and schedule information visit or call (310) 451-5444.

Big Blue Bus information also is available at the Big Blue Bus Transit Store, located at 1444 4th St., just off Third Street Promenade. 


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: