Getting Here and Getting Around

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By Automobile

San Pedro is located at the southern end of the Harbor Freeway (Interstate 110). The freeway exits onto Gaffey Street, which runs completely through town as a major north-south thoroughfare. Interstate 110 connects to a number of freeways to the north.

From Long Beach and points east, State Route 47 (Ocean Blvd.) connects to San Pedro across Terminal Island via two bridges. Exit at Harbor Blvd. off the Vincent Thomas Bridge for the Waterfront, or continue on to Gaffey Street.

From the South Bay beach cities, take Pacific Coast Highway south to I-110 southbound into San Pedro. Click here for current traffic conditions

Important tips for driving in California

  • You drive on the right and pass on the left
  • Everyone in the vehicle must wear a seat belt
  • Children under the age of 8 must be in an approved car seat or booster
  • Watch the speed limit signs
  • You may turn right at an intersection on a red light, but must stop before proceeding
  • You may not send, write, or read text messages on your mobile phone while driving. You may only use the phone to make and receive calls using a hands-free device (such as an earphone)
  • It is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content .08 (g/100 mL) (80 micrograms) or more
  • Be aware of carpool lane restrictions. Carpool lanes, also known high occupancy vehicle lanes or diamond lanes, are designed with a diamond pattern painted on them. Most carpool lanes require the vehicle to have at least two passengers, but some require more. Also, many carpool lanes in Southern California are toll lanes and may require the presence of a transponder to pay the toll electronically. Transponders must be arranged and paid for in advance

For all the important rules of the road, read the California Driver Handbook. Click here for all California Department of Motor Vehicles publications in a variety of formats and languages.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project (crossing between Terminal Island and Long Beach) and traffic issues related to construction of a new bridge

By Air

Long Beach Airport (LGB) Approximate driving time is 18 minutes and distance is 11 miles. Shared van approximately $30 each way.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately 17 miles with a driving time of 30 minutes.

Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA) is approximately 34 miles (driving time 43 minutes). Driving times will vary depending upon traffic conditions Click on the airport name/abbreviation for current flight arrival and departure status

By Airport Shuttle Several companies offer shuttle service to and from Southern California airports. The recent average rate to or from San Pedro to LAX by shuttle is $30 and $27 to or from Long Beach. (These rates are subject to change and may vary.)

San Pedro has a Downtown Trolley The Downtown Trolley operates between the Fanfare Fountain, Battleship Iowa, CRAFTED, Cabrillo Beach, DoubleTree Hotel, and Downtown. During cruise season it stops at the World Cruise Terminal. It generally operates noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with trolleys arriving at each stop about every 25 minutes. The entire loop route takes about an hour.

 

Click the image for information about the trolley and current schedule

Commuter Express line 142 has direct service to Long Beach Transit Gallery where you can catch the Blue Line* that travels to downtown Los Angeles and connects to most rail lines that run throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Click on the map for timetable information and details about riding on Commuter Express line 142

*NOTE: The Blue Line has undergone reconstruction and reopens November 2. It will be called the A Line. The project began in January, 2019. In the second phase of construction, now going on, trains do not run between 103rd St. and the 7th Street/Metro Center station. The Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station (in the middle of the route) will be closed for the entire eight months of construction. Two stations along the downtown stretch of Metro’s Expo Line are closed until September for construction work related to the Blue Line project. The Expo Line platforms at 7th Street/Metro Center and the Pico station are closed. Expo Line trains heading toward Downtown Los Angeles are stopping at the L.A. Trade-Tech College/Ortho Institute station. Passengers taking the train from Downtown to Santa Monica must board at the LATTC/Ortho Institute station. Free Route 856 shuttles run seven days a week, following the Expo Line’s normal schedule while the stations are closed. Other shuttle buses serve passengers between the closed sections during the construction project.

ALSO NOTE: Metro is changing the names of its rail lines. Currently, each rail line is designated by a color. The Blue Line will be the first to be renamed, when it reopens along its full route after completion of its repair and modernization project. The Blue Line will become the A Line. All existing MetroRail lines will be renamed in coming years (B Line, C Line, etc.), but will maintain their current color designations, as well as getting new names. Metro said the change in rail line names was necessary because of the many new lines being added and confusion between similar colors that would have to be used to accommodate the new services on system maps.

The Silver Line offers express bus service directly from San Pedro to Downtown Los Angeles and onward to El Monte in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation operates a DASH bus line around San Pedro. Dash lines operate until early evening.

Click on the map for timetable information and details about taking the DASH buses For schedules and routes on the Southern California bus and rail system, visit https://www.metro.net Click here for the Metro system map

Metro Route 205 between LA Waterfront and Rosa Parks Station Click here for a map and timetable

Metro Route 232 between Downtown Long Beach and LAX City Bus Center via Wilmington, Harbor City, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo Click here for a map and timetable

Metro Route 246 between Pt. Fermin and Harbor Gateway Transit Center Click here for a map and timetable

Metro Route 344 between Palos Verdes Drive South and Harbor Gateway Transit Center Click here for a map and timetable

Metro Express Route 450 between 21st/Pacific and Downtown Los Angeles Click here for a map and timetable

Metro Route 550 between Little Company of Mary Hospital (7th/Patton) and Exposition Park Click here for a map and timetable

Route 910/950X Silver Line/Silver Line Express between Pacific/21st Street and El Monte Station (with stops in Downtown Los Angeles) Click here for a map and timetable

Metro Rail System Map Click here for a map and timetable

Palos Verdes Transit Authority The Palos Verdes Transit Authority provides bus services around the Palos Verdes Peninsula, to San Pedro, and as far north and west as Redondo Beach Click here for the Palos Verdes Transit trip planner

Metro Bike ShareClick here for info on Metro Bike Share with stations throughout the Harbor area Lime Bikes Look for the green bikes on many corners throughout San Pedro. Use your smartphone to unlock the bike. First ride is free.

Click here for more info and to get the app

Click here for info on Metro fares and passes

Looking for the best group transportation? Click here for GOGO Charters Los Angeles