There are 6 ways to get from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory by tram, subway, bus, taxi, car or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Tram, subway, bus  •  1 h 50 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
  2. Take the subway from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines to Vermont / Sunset Station
  3. Take the bus from Vermont Ave. & Sunset Blvd. to Vermont Canyon Rd

$5 - $7

Cheapest option

Line 720 bus, line 207 bus  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Colorado to Wilshire / Serrano 720 / ...
  2. Take the line 207 bus from Western / Wilshire to Western / Franklin 207

$3 - $6

4 alternative options

Line 8 bus, bus  •  2 h 43 min

  1. Take the line 8 bus from Ocean Sb & Colorado Ns to Hilgard Nb & Westholme Ns 8
  2. Take the bus from Hilgard / Westholme to Sunset / Virgil 2/302

$3 - $8

Taxi  •  31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory 18.7 miles

$85 - $110

Drive  •  31 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory 18.7 miles

$1 - $3

Uber  •  31 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory 18.7 miles

$22 - $30

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory. However, there are services departing from 5th / Colorado and arriving at Western / Franklin via Western / Wilshire. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 26 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica Pier and Griffith Observatory is 14 miles. The road distance is 18.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory without a car is to tram and subway and bus which takes 1 h 50 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 50 min to get from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory, including transfers.

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Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from 5th / Colorado station.

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Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Western / Franklin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory is 19 miles. It takes approximately 31 min to drive from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory.

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There are 2498+ hotels available in Griffith Observatory. Prices start at $115 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory.
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  • Distance: 13.7 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 50 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica Pier, CA, USA and Griffith Observatory, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory via 5th / Colorado, Wilshire / Serrano, Western / Wilshire, and Western / Franklin in around 2 h 26 min.

Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Subway from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines to Vermont / Sunset Station
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Ladot
Website
ladottransit.com
Bus from Vermont Ave. & Sunset Blvd. to Vermont Canyon Rd
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ladotbus.com
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from 5th / Colorado to Wilshire / Serrano
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Western / Wilshire to Western / Franklin
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Hilgard / Westholme to Sunset / Virgil
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Ocean Sb & Colorado Ns to Hilgard Nb & Westholme Ns
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Other operators
Uber Los Angeles
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$22 - $30
Signup at
uber.com
Pool
$22 - $30
Assist
$23 - $30
Español
$23 - $30
UberX
$23 - $30
WAV
$23 - $30
UberXL
$35 - $50
Select
$55 - $75
Black
$75 - $100
Black SUV
$100 - $130
Lux
$110 - $150
Taxi from Santa Monica Pier to Griffith Observatory
Ave. Duration
31 min
Estimated price
$85 - $110
Santa Monica Taxi
Phone
+1 310.444.4444
Website
facebook.com
Santa Monica Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 877.733.3305
Website
layellowcab.com
https://www.smgov.net/
Website
smgov.net
Metro Cab Santa Monica
Phone
+1 310-444-7777
Website
metrocabsm.com

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