View Full Version : Getting from LA (Santa Monica) to Disneyland Without a Car

05-17-2008, 08:10 PM
I'll be in Los Angeles from July 4th to the 8th and want to hit up the Land sometime during my visit. Having never been to LA, let alone Disneyland, I have no knowledge of what charter services/buses/other options I have for this. Anybody have suggestions or advice?

05-17-2008, 10:31 PM
I have done this twice now, while combining business with pleasure!

Both times I took a cab from Santa Monica to DL. It's pricey, around $100 one way.

Not sure of any other options other than a cab.

05-18-2008, 02:33 AM
Try Grey Line Tours. I just looked at their website; for one person it's $160 but it included bus transportation from their transportation center (and shuttle pick up from certain hotels) and a 1 day park hopper, which is $91, so you are paying them $69 for the transportation. If your hotel has on-site car rental you can probably rent a car for a lot less, but you would still have to pay $10 to park at DL. If you're not accustomed to freeway driving then $69 may be worth it. Good luck!

05-18-2008, 02:54 AM

This site has directions for Driving and other ways to get to DL.

Also from Frommers.

05-18-2008, 09:23 AM
This bit from the previous links sums it up pretty well:

The Santa Monica #10 bus is a high-speed, freeway express bus between downtown and Santa Monica. It's the fastest way to get from downtown to the far West Side.
Disneyland: Believe it or not, there's a $1.75 express bus from downtown L.A. to Disneyland. It even leaves every 30 minutes most of the day. The catch is, it takes an hour and a half. Still, nothing beats the price of the MTA #460. You can shave half an hour off of that trip by taking a Metrolink Orange County Line train from Union Station to Fullerton and switching for the quite frequent and busy OCTA #43 bus, for a total of $7.25 each way on weekdays or $5.75 on weekends. An alternative to the OCTA #43 is to get off at the Anaheim station and take ART (http://www.rideart.org/amtrak.html).

I was going to suggest taking a cab or shuttle to LAX and taking one of the many Disneyland shuttles from there (generally $16 to $20 one way), but the options above sound like a winner.