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Big Blue Bus

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bus is excellent value and drivers very helpful

I rode the bus 3-6 times during a 11 day trip to Santa Monica. It is a great value, especially if... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reliable Way to Get Around

Great to get from UCLA/Westwood to Santa Monic. Parking is always a pain in these locations-- skip... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Santa Monica, California
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Big Blue Bus is a City of Santa Monica department, governed by Santa Monica's City Council. BBB's service area spans more than 51 square miles of greater Los Angeles and its buses provide over 19 million rides for customers each year.
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

I rode the bus 3-6 times during a 11 day trip to Santa Monica. It is a great value, especially if you are 62+, only 50 cents a ride. The homeless bus riders can be an issue, but the drivers are well trained and make...More

1  Thank LindaW3559
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We took the bus from 3rd Street Promenade area to Getty Villa. We had to wait a bit for the bus but good ride overall. Cheaper than Uber and dropped us off just across the street from the Villa. HassleFree!

Thank VizslaLI
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Great to get from UCLA/Westwood to Santa Monic. Parking is always a pain in these locations-- skip the hassle with the bus!

Thank LaurieStory
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Now for $1.50 you can enjoy a nice ride on the "Big Blue"...friendly drivers as well as pretty safe.

1  Thank isdsl
Reviewed 29 May 2018

We used the big blue bus regularly to get around. The drivers are really friendly and helpful and it only costs $1.25 for a trip. Easy to figure out the routes. Great experience

1  Thank B0b1314
Reviewed 28 May 2018

I gave up driving my car for a year to prepare for the day when I will not drive at all. It was pleasant, and I was able to go all over Santa Monica by bus, asking questions of the friendly drivers when necessary. From...More

1  Thank MarilynLA
Reviewed 18 May 2018

Cheap Ride rode the R3 bus for $1.25 per person. I rode the C Shuttle from the airport (Free Ride) this dropped me off close to the LA bus station just a short 5 minute walk to the bus station and a 1 hour ride....More

Thank DESYLAY123
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We used this to get back from Santa Monica harbour to near the pier where we had parked. Doesn't go beachside and took a short while but did the job intended

Thank stonerose5
Reviewed 22 March 2018

If you need to get around The People's Republic of Santa Monica, this is a very good option. Fares are reasonable. Also an excellent option to get to LAX . .. even with a transfer it will cost less than $5 . . much better...More

1  Thank vincemc
Reviewed 20 January 2018

The best public transportation in L.A. and very reasonable. I recommend getting a pass depending on your stay.

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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21 June 2018|
Response from isdsl | Reviewed this property |
It would be a two bus ride. Probably the best way would be taking the 720 Wilshire Rapid bus from Santa Monica, at Ocean & Colorado or Wilshire & 4th. You'd take it to Wilshire & Westwood, then transfer to the 761 Rapid to... More
Nick Y
11 June 2018|
Response from JennieC678 | Property representative |
Hi Nick, Unfortunately, LAX does not have a TAP vending machine at this time. If you do not want to pay using cash, we would recommend downloading the Token Transit app which allows you to buy your fare using your phone. You... More