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Recommended option

Tram  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Metro Expo Line

$2

Cheapest option

Bus  •  1 h 27 min

  1. R10

$1 - $3

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  19 min

  1. 15.3 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  19 min

  1. 15.3 miles

$1 - $3

Uber  •  19 min

  1. 15.3 miles

$19 - $26

What companies run services between Santa Monica Pier, CA, USA and Staples Center, CA, USA?

Big Blue Bus operates a bus from Santa Monica Pier to Staples Center hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 1 h 3 min.

Train operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Broadway Wb & 5Th Ns to Olive Nb & Olympic Ns
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Other operators
Uber Los Angeles
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Monica Pier to Staples Center
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$19 - $26
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$19 - $26
uberASSIST
$21 - $28
uberESPAÑOL
$21 - $28
uberX
$21 - $28
WAV
$21 - $28
uberXL
$30 - $40
UberSELECT
$45 - $65
UberBLACK
$65 - $85
UberSUV
$85 - $110
UberLUX
$95 - $130
Taxi from Santa Monica Pier to Staples Center
Ave. Duration
19 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
https://www.smgov.net/
Website
smgov.net
Metro Cab Santa Monica
Phone
+1 310-444-7777
Website
metrocabsm.com
Santa Monica Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 877.733.3305
Website
layellowcab.com
Santa Monica Taxi
Phone
+1 310.444.4444
Website
facebook.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Santa Monica Pier and Staples Center is 22 km. The road distance is 25 km.

The cheapest way to get from Santa Monica Pier to Staples Center is to tram which costs $2 and takes 1 h 7 min.

The quickest way to get from Santa Monica Pier to Staples Center is to taxi which takes 19 min and costs $80 - $100.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Broadway Wb & 5Th Ns and arriving at Olive Nb & Olympic Ns. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 1 h 3 min.

The tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to Pico Station takes 44 min including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.