How to Reach Santa Monica - The Easiest Way to Reach Santa Monica


  • By Air : The LAX Airport (LA International airport) is the closest to Santa Monica. It is well connected to domestic as well as international destinations. From the LAX you can go down Santa Monica by FlyAway® Bus service, or the Big Blue Bus or shuttles or pre booked taxis. 
  • By Train : If you plan on going via rail, the Amtrak is the closest and is situated at Union Station, downtown LA.


  • The best way to explore Santa Monica city is by foot or bike! However, if you decide not to travel this way, you can always hop onto a Big Blue Bus. It is well connected and has around 1000 stops all across the west side of LA.
  • The Santa Monica Shuttle service was launched recently in May 2014. This service is however a hotel-sponsored service and hence you need to check up with your hotel help desk about it.

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Modes of Transportation in Santa Monica

Know about the preferred mode of transport, average time spent and average distance traveled for commute in Santa Monica. The most preferred mode of transport in Santa Monica is Car.

Average distance: 51.5 km Average time: 52.5 min

  • Car 100%
    Driving 52.5 min Overall average time for 51.5 kms 52.5 min

How to Reach Santa Monica from Nearby Cities

Route Distance Time
Pacific palisades to Santa Monica 2.85 km 2 mins
San fernando to Santa Monica 15.33 km 15 mins
Los angeles to Santa Monica 27.56 km 27 mins
Long beach to Santa Monica 36.1 km 36 mins
Pasadena to Santa Monica 39.11 km 39 mins
Temple city to Santa Monica 48.33 km 48 mins
Palmdale to Santa Monica 51.04 km 51 mins
Irvine to Santa Monica 76.48 km 1 hour 16 mins
Santa barbara to Santa Monica 135.88 km 2 hours 15 mins
San jacinto to Santa Monica 170.75 km 2 hours 50 mins
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