Visitors to Los Angeles can now go from the bustle of downtown LA to the beaches of Santa Monica without braving the LA’s famous traffic! The city’s Expo light rail, connecting downtown LA and downtown Santa Monica, is now open, giving travelers and locals alike a quick and affordable option for accessing the best of the city. Just three blocks from the HI Los Angeles Santa Monica hostel, the newly opened Downtown Santa Monica stop on the Expo light rail line is less than a 50-minute ride from downtown LA. Now, it’s easier than ever to stay by the beach in posh Santa Monica and still have easy access to the sights, attractions, and nightlife of downtown. Best of all, at just $1.75 each way, a ride on the light rail is a great way to stretch your travel budget further.
To get to HI LA Santa Monica hostel from the Downtown Santa Monica station, just exit the station, head West on Colorado Ave., and make a right on 2nd Ave.