Charter a bus to get to Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is a popular spot for school field trips and other group visits. The easiest way to get your group from your school or starting location to the aquarium is with a Los Angeles bus rental handling the transportation. When you book a driver to transport your group, you can focus on the magical experiences awaiting inside the aquarium. 

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Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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About Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is operated by a nonprofit organization called Heal the Bay. Previously, it was operated by UCLA and was known as the Ocean Discovery Center. Heal the Bay is “dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean,” using science, educational community action and advocacy to fulfill their mission. More than 65,000 visitors from around the world come to the aquarium each year, 15,000 of which are students.


The aquarium features Arthropods such as crabs and lobsters, Molluscs, such as octopuses and snails, Echinoderms, such as sand dollars and sea stars, Cnidaria, such as anemones, and Chordata, such as sharks, halibut, rays and scorpionfish. In 2009 the mischievous two-spotted octopus manipulated the pipe connection draining their water tank. This stunt flooded the visitor center causing major media attention.

Why charter a bus to visit Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

There are a number of charter bus rental options that depend on your group’s size and needs. A school bus rental is great for field trips and low-maintenance groups. If you’re traveling with a small group, a minibus is likely the best option. For larger groups, or groups looking for a bit more luxury in their transportation needs, consider booking a high-class coach bus to handle transportation. Either way, you have options that will help keep your group together.

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About the location and the surrounding area

Santa Monica is a tourist destination known for its vibrant local culture. The bike path running along the beach offers visitors and locals a chance to bike, walk, roller-blade, or run while they people watch and enjoy the typically gorgeous weather. The pier also offers a solar-powered Ferris wheel and a roller coaster for thrill seekers. Inland from the beach, you’ll find plenty of shopping and cafes to enjoy, as well as street performers showing off their musical or acrobatic talents.


If your group is looking to stay in the area, there are a number of hotels within a mile of the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Sea Blue Hotel, Shore Hotel, Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier, and Ocean Lodge Hotel are all within walking distance to the aquarium.

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When you book with us, you can choose from a variety of vehicle options in your area, curated by availability, budget, and amenities.

School Bus
47 seats
 
$81 per hour

Economical and nostalgic—the classic schoolbus experience from your childhood. Perfect for students and adults alike.

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21 Seats
 
$98 per hour

All the comfort and most of the amenities of a full-sized coach, sized just right for smaller groups.

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$115 per hour

Spacious, comfortable and well-equipped. The ideal choice for big groups traveling locally or long-distance.

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