There are 6 ways to get from Santa Monica to Studio City 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  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Take the tram from Downtown Santa Monica Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines Metro Expo Line
  2. Take the subway from 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Red & Purple Lines to Universal / Studio City Station Metro Red Line

$4

Cheapest option

Line 1 bus, line 788 bus, bus  •  2 h 39 min

  1. Take the line 1 bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Westwood Nb & Lindbrook Fs 1 / ...
  2. Take the line 788 bus from Lindbrook / Westwood to Van Nuys / Orange Line 788
  3. Take the bus from Van Nuys Blvd. & Oxnard St. to Laurel Canyon Blvd. & Moorpark St.

$3 - $7

4 alternative options

Line 704 bus, line 218 bus  •  1 h 40 min

  1. Take the line 704 bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Santa Monica / San Vicente 4 / ...
  2. Take the line 218 bus from 3rd / La Cienega to Laurel Canyon / Ventura 218

$4 - $8

Taxi  •  18 min

  1. Take a taxi from Santa Monica to Studio City 16.5 miles

$75 - $95

Drive  •  18 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Studio City 16.5 miles

$1 - $3

Uber  •  18 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Monica to Studio City 16.5 miles

$20 - $27

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Studio City. However, there are services departing from Santa Monica / Lincoln and arriving at Laurel Canyon / Ventura via San Vicente / Santa Monica and 3rd / La Cienega. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1 h 40 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Studio City is 11 miles. The road distance is 16.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Studio City without a car is to tram and subway which takes 1 h 29 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 29 min to get from Santa Monica to Studio City, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Studio City bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from Santa Monica / Lincoln station.

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Santa Monica to Studio City bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Laurel Canyon / Ventura station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Studio City is 17 miles. It takes approximately 18 min to drive from Santa Monica to Studio City.

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There are 2400+ hotels available in Studio City. Prices start at $119 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Studio City.
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  • Distance: 10.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 29 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Studio City, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Monica to Studio City via Santa Monica / San Vicente, San Vicente / Santa Monica, La Cienega / 3rd, and 3rd / La Cienega in around 1 h 40 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 Universal / Studio City Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus operators
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Bus from Santa Monica / Lincoln to Santa Monica / San Vicente
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from 3rd / La Cienega to Laurel Canyon / Ventura
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Lindbrook / Westwood to Van Nuys / Orange Line
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Big Blue Bus
Website
bigbluebus.com
Bus from Santa Monica Eb & Lincoln Ns to Westwood Nb & Lindbrook Fs
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
bigbluebus.com
Ladot
Website
ladottransit.com
Bus from Van Nuys Blvd. & Oxnard St. to Laurel Canyon Blvd. & Moorpark St.
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ladotbus.com
Other operators
Uber Los Angeles
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Monica to Studio City
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$20 - $27
Signup at
uber.com
Pool
$20 - $27
Assist
$21 - $27
Español
$21 - $27
UberX
$21 - $27
WAV
$21 - $27
UberXL
$30 - $45
Select
$50 - $65
Black
$70 - $90
Black SUV
$90 - $120
Lux
$100 - $130
Taxi from Santa Monica to Studio City
Ave. Duration
18 min
Estimated price
$75 - $95
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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