Santa Monica, CA Airport Information
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport, or LAX, is the closest airport to Santa Monica, located eight non-freeway miles away. LAX serves as the fifth-busiest airport in the world and second-busiest in the United States, offering more than 700 daily nonstop flights to more than 100 cities in the United States, and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries around the world. The sprawling airport features a number of shopping and dining options, as well as a variety of public transportation options. Those traveling to Santa Monica from the airport can hop aboard the Big Blue Bus or shuttle service.
Santa Monica, CA Public Transportation
Metro Expo Line
Metro offers direct light rail service to Santa Monica along its Expo Line, which runs daily between downtown Santa Monica to the 7th Street/Metro Center station in Los Angeles. Metro one-ride base fare is $1.75.
Big Blue Bus
Governed by Santa Monica's City Council, Big Blue Bus provides transit service throughout 58 square miles of the Greater Los Angeles area along 21 routes. Visitors can get direct access to Union Station in Los Angeles aboard the Rapid 10 route, or direct access to Los Angeles International Airport aboard Rapid 3 or Route 3. Local one-way bus fare is $1.25.
Rental car companies represented at Los Angeles International Airport are located off-airport and accessible by courtesy shuttles. Those companies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, Midway, National, Payless, Sixt, and Thrifty. Allied, Economy, AMPM, and Airport Van Rental meet customers at the airport's Remote Rental Car Depot via LAX shuttle buses.
Visitors traveling to Santa Monica from the Los Angeles International Airport should expect to pay about $50 in taxi fare.