I wonder if anyone has taken Cabin, formerly called the Sleep Bus. It runs between San Francisco and Los Angeles – one direct trip each night from each city at 11:00, arriving about 7:00 a.m. The routes were designed to take 8 hours and are not on I-5, to allow for a more relaxing full night's sleep, and you aren’t rushed off the bus but can hang out until 9:00.
This is their website. BTW the official name seems to be Cabin, not The Cabin. If you google “The Cabin,” it doesn’t come up. https://www.ridecabin.com/
I was mentally designing a Cabin adventure, admittedly mainly for the experience (but if it's good, it might not be the last time). It isn't cheaper than flying, but you get to spend the trip sleeping in a bed in a private cubicle with curtains, not piled in on top of scores of other bodies with no knee room where you need a snowplow to clear a path to the restroom. It takes longer, but maybe not when you consider the hassle of getting to the airport, any needed formalities at both arrival and landing, and getting to your final destination, during which you are awake and conscious the whole time instead of relaxing. The compartments have lights, wi-fi, and electrical outlets, and there is a lounge where, if the pictures don’t lie, you can actually sit up like an adult human being.
The San Francisco stop is Bryant and the Embarcadero, a pitb for folks in outer residential areas to get to at night, but the Los Angeles stop is at the Santa Monica Pier, which would be a cool arrival location for morning. I have a couple of possible destinations that I’d be interested in within 7-8 miles of the pier that might be convenient to get to. I know nothing about public transit in the Los Angeles area, but have to believe it must be pretty decent in the Santa Monica/Pico to West Hollywood corridor. Am I right?
Another question is that if I do my activities and return to the pier and enjoy it for awhile, are there safe places to hang out later while waiting for the northbound bus? It’s available for boarding at 10:30 p.m. I’d be looking for a family-friendly park area, a casual restaurant, or even a hotel lobby where they don't mind if folks sit and relax (or is big enough that employees don’t know who is or isn’t a hotel guest).
If I decide to stay over a night, what is the rough price range of lodgings on Ocean Ave. (or within a block or two) between about California and Ocean Park? The Seashore Motel gets pretty good reviews and is affordable and seems to be well located for a short stay without a car.