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Residents and Visitors Explore Santa Monica Car-Free with Santa Monica Free Ride

Between pedestrian-friendly streets and transportation options such as the Big Blue Bus and Metro Expo Line, it’s easier than ever for both visitors and residents to go car-free while enjoying all that Santa Monica hotels have to offer.

One of the best transportation options you may have seen rolling around the city is Santa Monica Free Ride, a fleet of three vehicles that offer complimentary rides to residents and visitors alike along a set route in the city.

Santa Monica Free Ride provides a fun, free and eco-friendly service that not only enhances our destination experience, but also frees up busy parking lots, reduces environmental impacts to our community and delivers visitors directly to our amazing local businesses.

Although 80% of overnight visitors to Santa Monica prefer to walk once they’ve arrived in the city, Santa Monica Free Ride provides yet another option for visitors to go car-free, further enhancing their experience.

And as with Santa Monica Free Ride’s existing service of electric vehicles, the Santa Monica Shuttle is not exclusive to visitors. Any pedestrian can flag down one of the three vehicles, sponsored by Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Shutters on the Beach Hotel and Doubletree suites Santa Monica, to be transported within the service area.

The free ride shuttle runs seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and can regularly be seen at the following locations:
Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Place

3rd Street Promenade

Main Street

If you find yourself enjoying one of the fabulous restaurants, spas or pools at our world-class hotels, consider using Santa Monica Free Ride to get around the city. To be picked up in the service area, you can also text your location to (310) 895-9204. Please allow 10-15 minutes for pick-up.

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