There are 6 ways to get from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood by tram, subway, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Tram, subway  •  1 h 35 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 734 bus, bus  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Take the line 734 bus from Sepulveda / Santa Monica to Sepulveda / Ventura 734 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Ventura / Sepulveda to Universal / Studio City Station 150/240 / ...

$3 - $8

4 alternative options

Line 720 bus  •  1 h 48 min

  1. Take the line 720 bus from 5th / Santa Monica to Wilshire / Vermont 720 / ...

$4

Taxi  •  25 min

  1. Take a taxi from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood 19.6 miles

$90 - $110

Drive  •  25 min

  1. Drive from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood 19.6 miles

$1 - $3

Uber  •  25 min

  1. Take an Uber from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood 19.6 miles

$23 - $35

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood station. However, there are services departing from Santa Monica / Lincoln and arriving at Universal / Studio City Station via Sepulveda / Santa Monica and Ventura / Sepulveda. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 15 min.

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The distance between Santa Monica and Universal Studios, Hollywood is 11 miles. The road distance is 19.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood without a car is to tram and subway which takes 1 h 35 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 35 min to get from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood, including transfers.

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Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, depart from Sepulveda / Santa Monica station.

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Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood bus services, operated by Metro Los Angeles, arrive at Universal / Studio City Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood is 20 miles. It takes approximately 25 min to drive from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood.

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There are 2439+ hotels available in Universal Studios, Hollywood. Prices start at $116 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood.
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  • Distance: 11.4 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 35 min

What companies run services between Santa Monica, CA, USA and Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA, USA?

Metro Los Angeles operates a bus from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood every 15 minutes. 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 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 5th / Santa Monica to Wilshire / Vermont
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Sepulveda / Santa Monica to Sepulveda / Ventura
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Bus from Ventura / Sepulveda to Universal / Studio City Station
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
metro.net
Other operators
Uber Los Angeles
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Signup at
uber.com
Pool
$23 - $35
Assist
$24 - $35
Español
$24 - $35
UberX
$24 - $35
WAV
$24 - $35
UberXL
$35 - $50
Select
$55 - $75
Black
$80 - $110
Black SUV
$100 - $130
Lux
$120 - $150
Taxi from Santa Monica to Universal Studios, Hollywood
Ave. Duration
25 min
Estimated price
$90 - $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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