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Trip Planning

Planning your trip with Big Blue Bus is easy. 

From printable maps and timetables to real-time bus arrival information, Big Blue Bus aims to make riding with us as simple as possible.

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Real-Time Arrival Information
 
Big Blue Bus offers real-time bus arrival information! This offers our customers a convenient new tool for getting around town. Real-time arrival information can be accessed in a variety of ways:
  • NextBus: Riders can access NextBus bus arrival predictions at bigbluebus.com/nextbus, on a smartphone, by texting, or even by phone.NextBus RT Now Here News
  • Google Maps for Mobile and Desktop: Within Google Transit, live bus departure times can be viewed by clicking on a blue bus stop icon. When planning a trip, the site will also report whether the bus is on time or not in the directions tab.
  • Third-Party applications. Big Blue Bus began opening its data in the GTFS-realtime standard on June 6, 2015, which made it possible for third-party developers to incorporate BBB's trip updates and service alerts information. Some of these apps are available for both Android and iOS and we list them below for your convenience:

Note: Big Blue Bus does not officially endorse, license, or warrant any of these applications--we allow our data to be used for greater customer convenience.  For technical support, please contact the individual app developers. Interested in accessing our GTFS-realtime data? Click here.

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Little Blue Book

 Little Blue BookBig Blue Bus publishes the Little Blue Book (PDF), which contains individual line schedules and maps. Paper copies include a large removable system map!
Find them while supplies last:
- On our buses
- Blue: The Transit Store. We are now located in a temporary trailer space at: (1334 5th St., Santa Monica)
- At libraries and senior centers in Santa Monica
- For purchase online

The Little Blue Book is designed to provide riders with the information they need at a glance. The printed version of the book is designed to be small but durable, making it a perfect addition to a backpack or work briefcase. 

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Google Transit

We offer riders the ability to plan trips through Google Transit! Google Transit is a part of Google Maps. With the help of Google Transit, even complicated trips can be planned out easily with just a few clicks. 

Directions for using Google Transit:

 

STEP 1

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Download the Google Maps app
for FREE on the iOS App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

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Launch the app.
The blue dot corresponds to your current location.

Click the blue "Directions" icon
in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Click the "Transit" icon at the top of the directions screen.
Nearby bus routes and real-time arrival information will be shown.

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Input your starting location
(if different from your current location)
and your destination.

Google Maps will generate detailed transit itineraries for you!

Tap any itinerary for more information.

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Tap the white panel at the bottom.

STEP 6 (Cont.)

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For more details select any step of the trip.

STEP 7

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If you'd like to change the time
of departure or arrival,
simply click the "Depart At" bar.

STEP 8

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Select the date and time
you'd like to depart or arrive at your
desired location, and click "DONE."