Transportation is easy breezy once you’re in Marina del Rey. Small to large groups can choose from several low-cost transportation options. No need to get a rental car to enjoy your vacation on the Los Angeles coast.


Once your group is in Marina del Rey, it’s easy to hop aboard this five-passenger electric shuttle available on-demand daily from 12:30 to 9 p.m. The fare is $3 per person ($9 max) for up to five passengers. Download the free Ride Circuit app to schedule your pick-up. Circuit, formerly known as Free Ride, will no longer accept texts. Make sure to allow 10-15 minutes for pick-up. Gratuity for the driver is appreciated, though not mandatory. The Circuit service is limited to the Marina and Venice Beach; the cars cannot travel on or cross Lincoln Boulevard. That boundary includes our hotels, restaurants, and water attractions in Marina del Rey. 

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This open-air water taxi is a fun way to explore Marina del Rey as a group. You can catch the summer-season WaterBus from any of eight stops in the Marina and enjoy a unique mode of transport to dining, hotels, and water recreation options. Many visitors park their car in one of the local lots and use the WaterBus for a direct drop-off at waterside destinations, including Burton Chace Park and Marina “Mother’s” Beach. The WaterBus runs mid-June through early September on select days (usually Fridays through Sundays and holidays) in the summer. Rides are $1 each way. Strollers and bikes are allowed; no pets.

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Rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft operate throughout Los Angeles and at Los Angeles International Airport. In Marina del Rey, be sure to call your car to a safe location – please do not attempt a pickup or drop-off along any major street. Find a landmark such as a large storefront in a parking lot to help your driver locate you.

Public Bus

The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus is another great option to explore the Los Angeles Westside. In the Marina, Route 3 travels along Lincoln Boulevard to Santa Monica, where you can stop by the Santa Monica Pier and shop at Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place. There are two Route 3 lines – one is an express, with limited stops, so check with the driver about your intended destination. The Big Blue Bus Route 3 also travels to and from the LAX Bus Terminal. 310-451-5444;

The Culver City Green Bus Line carries riders across 25 square miles of several Westside communities. Lines 7 and 1 traverse the Marina’s main throughways. 310-253-6510;

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA, or Metro) oversees bus and rail lines in the Greater Los Angeles area. This is a massive network that can generally get you anywhere you need to be in Los Angeles. 323-466-3876;

Metro Rail

The Metro Rail E Line (formerly Expo Line) in Downtown Santa Monica is just 5 miles north of the Marina. A quick taxi ride will get you to the sparkling Marina waters in no time! Buy a Metro TAP Card in order to ride the Metro Rail. Cash is not accepted. 

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