Route 3 and Rapid 3 offer the most inexpensive way to and from LAX $1.25 (single trip).
Big Blue Bus Route 3 runs seven days a week; Rapid 3 runs on weekdays only, from downtown Santa Monica to LAX.
BUS 3 route and schedule: https://www.bigbluebus.com/Routes-and-Schedules/Route-3.aspx
RAPID 3 route and schedule: https://www.bigbluebus.com/Routes-and-Schedules/Rapid-3.aspx
Trip takes about one hour – Exit at 5th street and Arizona Ave (last stop), which is 3 blocks from us.
NOTE: But R3 bus does not stop right at LAX – you will need to take a C-Shuttle to Bus 3 or R3 (One stop)
Here are the details:
1) At LAX wait outside under the BLUE LAX SHUTTLE SIGN and board free C SHUTTLE;
2) Exit C SHUTTLE at the first stop (? check with bus driver) and walk over to the LAX CITY BUS TRANSIT CENTER;
3) Go to BAY 12;
4) Take “SANTA MONICA BUS 3 or RAPID R3”;
The trip takes about one hour.
Route 3 and Rapid 3 will drop you off at the LAX CITY BUS CENTER;
At LAX CITY BUS CENTER follow the sign “FREE SHUTTLE TO LAX” where you can catch the shuttle directly to your terminal (Lot South/City Bus Center Shuttle)
The shuttle (shuttle C – one stop from Bus Center to LAX) runs approximately every 15-20 minutes and operates seven days a week.
BUS STOPS is at 4th street (corner of Wilshire Ave.), just one block from us.
Give yourself about 3.5 hours if you use the bus