Transportation Options

SMC Students Taking Metro 

Santa Monica is now one of the most transit-connected cities in L.A. and 70% of our students get to campus by alternative modes. They know that a bus, train, carpool, bike or walking trip saves money and reduces the stress of commuting and parking.

Students & staff can use to find the best way to get to campus.

  • It's a free personalized trip planner that provides all options (bike, walk, transit, carpool and car) in one screen, including costs, time, route maps, calories burned and CO2 emitted.
  • SMC employees can earn monthly incentives for participating.
  • Big Blue Bus

    Ride Free. Any Line, Any Time, thanks to SMC and the Associated Students. Simply pay your AS fees, swipe your card, ride the bus and save money, time and the air! Several BBB lines service various SMC campuses. Visit the BBB website for more info.

    • New students & staff ID cards are ready to use!

    • Returning students & staff must re-activate* cards at the Bursar’s office each semester. (*card re-activation requires student/staff ID number)

  • Expo Train

    • Main campus- 17th Street (10 min walk or BBB #41 or 42 or SMC shuttle)

    • PAC campus- 17th Street (10 min walk or BBB #41 or 42 or SMC shuttle)

    • Emeritus - 4th Street Station (10 min walk)

    • Center for Media and Design - Bergamot Station (4 min walk)

    • Bundy / Airport campuses - (catch the BBB #14 from the Bundy Station)

    Transferring from BBB to the Expo only costs 50 cents when using SMC ID with current AS sticker or Student monthly pass is $43. More Expo info.

  • Carpool, Vanpool and Ride-Hailing

    Carpool - Find another SMC employee via www.corsaircommute or check out Metro's Ride Match for a larger pool of drivers in Los Angeles.

    Ride Hailing - All pick-up and drop-offs are designated at Pico and 19th Street on main campus. Do not use Pearl Street. Use promo code uberpoolsmc2016 for $20 off first time use of uberPOOL

    Vanpool - Find a spot in an existing van or start one.

  • SMC Shuttles

    SMC provides a shuttle service that runs from the Bundy campus and the Performing Arts Center to main campus. Shuttle is free and runs frequently.

    View the SMC shuttle schedule.

    Tip: Park for FREE at Bundy lot and shuttle to another campus. This saves money and time searching for parking each time.

  • Breeze Bike Share

    Over 500 bikes to choose from around Santa Monica with many located at every campus for those short trips to campus from the bus or Expo line, off campus to get lunch or run errands, or to another campus for class.

    Become a member or rent by the hour. Special SMC student rate is $7 per month for 90 minutes of ride time per day.

  • Bike Repair

    SMC Bike Club repairs minor problems (flats & squeaks) for FREE Tue & Thu during club hours at the Pearl Bike Lot.

    Free bike maintenance support at Bikerowave, for anyone with a current AS sticker on their SMC ID card.

    DIY stands with pumps and tools are available 24/7 at Pearl Street Bike Lot.

  • Zipcar

    Rent Zipcar by the hour when you need a car.

    Students 18 or older can rent any one of over 100 Zipcars around LA. 2 cars located on Pearl Street at 17th with dedicated parking spots. Special SMC $15 annual membership rate + pay by the hour (gas & insurance included).

  • Electric Waive Car Rental

    Free electric car rental for first 2 hours. $5.99/ hr after. No cost to join.

    Must be 21+ to rent and there is a 20 mile driving radius limit from Santa Monica.

    International and out-of-state licenses okay.

    Cars must be returned to Santa Monica and parked legally. Join at Waivecar

  • Mobile Apps

    These new apps take the guesswork out of planning your trip by aggregating real-time data from nearby bus, train, bike share and car share services. Check arrival times, find closest stops, plan your route, weigh your options. Never waste time at a bus stop again.

    Transit App - Real time schedule updates for all nearby transit options.
    Go LA - Plan & compare trip options in the LA region and track goals.
    Google Maps - Trip planning for walking, biking, transit and driving.
    NextBus - Real time arrival info & vehicle locations for BBB & Metro.

  • Parking

    If you absolutely must drive to campus, plan extra time for traffic and parking which are particularly difficult during the first three weeks of classes. To park on any of the SMC campuses you must have a current parking decal. Parking decals for SMC's Bundy and Airport campuses are FREE and shuttles are available to each campus. All other campuses require paid parking decals. Get a parking decal on Corsair Connect or in person at the Bursar's Office.

Printable Maps

If the maps on our Transportation web pages are not accessible to you, contact Manuel Islas by telephone at (310) 434-3554 or email at

Transportation Task Force at SMC

Way to go logoInterested in being a part of the solution? Attend the Transportation Task Force meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 1 – 2:30 pm. Meetings located at 1744 Pearl Street.

A draft of the new sustainable transportation plan can be found here: PDF FileSustainable Transportation Planning Matrix