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Riding BBB to LAX
September 05, 2023

Need a ride to LAX? Take Big Blue Bus Route 3 seven days a week, or Rapid 3 on weekdays only, from downtown Santa Monica to LAX for only $1.10 (single trip), with a contactless payment!

The Fastest Way To LAX

Route 3 and Rapid 3 offer the easiest and most inexpensive way to LAX. Route 3 and Rapid 3 will drop you off at the LAX City Bus Center. Upon arriving, look for a sign that says "LAX Shuttle" where you can catch the Lot South/City Bus Center Shuttle directly to your terminal. The shuttle runs approximately every 15-20 minutes and operates seven days a week.

From LAX Baggage Claim Terminals

Travelers should board the Lot South/City Bus Center Shuttle near the pink sign labeled "LAX Shuttles," located on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands in front of each terminal. You will then disembark at the LAX City Bus Center, and catch Route 3 or Rapid 3 from Bay 1.

LAX Bus Signage

Planning Ahead 

  • Check out the Route 3 and Rapid 3 maps, schedules, and stop locations when mapping your trip. You can also use Google Transit.
  • Purchase passes online at, or download the Transit app to purchase and store passes on your smartphone. Passes can also be purchased at the ticket vending machine in the LAX City Bus Center, and other authorized locations. Please note that Big Blue Bus no longer accepts token fare payments, but does accept cash. Customers can also pay for fare with TAP or a mobile ticket. For more details, visit:
  • Or, visit the Transit Store located at 1444 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. It's a great place to purchase passes, receive trip planning help, and more.

If you need additional help planning your trip, please call 310-451-5444.