Beginners Guide to Transportation in El Monte and South El Monte

Serving as the transportation hub of the San Gabriel Valley region, El Monte and South El Monte boast a quintessential location approximately 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in Southern California.

Traveling around the area is made easy through several transportation outlets. Both communities have access to the San Bernadino Freeway (10), Pomona Freeway (60) and the San Gabriel River Freeway (605), providing a link to the San Gabriel Valley, Pomona Valley, Los Angeles and countless other cities and sites. 

Local air travel is provided by the county-operated El Monte Airport, one of the country’s 100 busiest small airports. The county airport is utilized by both residents and businesses for general aviation purposes. For commercial flight service, area residents utilize Los Angeles International Airport. 

For local travel, El Monte and South El Monte are well served by several transit options. The city of El Monte operates El Monte Transit, which offers five fixed routes (the Metro Red, Purple, Blue, Green and Gold lines) to major shopping areas, recreational facilities, schools and other local destinations. Other city-managed transportation outlets include El Monte Commuter Shuttles, dial-a-ride service for seniors and disabled residents, youth transportation and the Family Adventure Shuttle. 

In addition, in 2012, the city unveiled the brand new El Monte Station, a bustling hub of transportation served by Los Angeles County Metro Rail, Foothill Transit, the LAX FlyAway airport shuttle and Greyhound Bus. The station, which replaced the El Monte Transit Center, is located at the corner of Santa Anita Avenue and Ramona Boulevard.