For your next trip to Santa Monica Pier, charter a Los Angeles coach bus or school bus. It’s far easier and so much more fun than renting ten to fifteen cars. Bus.com will help you select a bus, create an itinerary, and pay for your rental—making Los Angeles ground travel easier than ever.
The Santa Monica Pier was built in 1916. It was originally called the Looff Pleasure Pier after Charles I.D. Looff, the man who built the first carousel in the Looff Hippodrome at the center of the Pier. The carousel has since been replaced and the rest of the Pier has been modernized to attract amusement park enthusiasts from around the world. The attractions on the pier may have been adapted for the 21st century (that iconic ferris wheel is solar powered!), but it still has that early carnival vibe.
If roller coasters and bumper cars aren’t your thing, visit the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to learn all about ocean conservation—a perfect activities for school groups. Or, check out Santa Monica State Beach—3.5 miles of soft white sand with the Pier at its center. Restaurants, bars, and boutiques are spread out over the Pier and throughout the surrounding neighborhood, making this vibrant destination a true crowd-pleaser.
Why charter a bus to visit Santa Monica Pier
The secret to successful group travel is keeping everyone together, and the best way to do achieve that is to rent a Los Angeles charter bus. Your bus can pick you up at LAX and take you straight to Santa Monica Pier. We recommend booking a coach bus in Los Angeles. Its air conditioning is vital when you’re under the California sun. Whichever bus type you choose, you’ll find it much easier to coordinate than multiple taxis or car rentals.
The Santa Monica Pier is located in beautiful and lively Ocean Park, a micro-neighborhood within Santa Monica. Speckled with hip coffee shops, independent boutiques, and galleries featuring local artists, the area is known for its artsy vibe. In a city that’s known for its highways and traffic, Ocean Park is surprisingly walkable. Have your Los Angeles bus rental drop you off in the morning, and spend the whole day wandering its parks. We recommend Tongva park. Its modern sculptural features and unique play structures (perfect if you’re traveling with kiddos) are a quiet retreat from the vibrant noise of the amusement park. Ocean Park is also known as the Santa Monica Airport Area because of its proximity to the airport used exclusively for private jets. How LA is that!
Los Angeles is known for its rich cinematographic history and star-studded streets, but that’s only one of the many reasons why people from all over the world flock to the area. With much more to offer than just celebrities glitz and glam, Los Angeles is a perfect destination to discover sports culture on the West Coast and adrenaline-pumping activities and attractions.