Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California

A journey to the City of Angels means the visiting all the most interesting areas of the city. However, for this purpose it’s necessary to understand in advance all kinds of transport available in LA, which will be useful and convenient for you. If between California cities and generally, in the United States all travelers prefer to travel by car, in the case of Los Angeles it can be better to avoid tedious traffic jams and try to travel by public transport. Of course, sometimes you may have situations, when a car will be much more convenient than a city public transport. So, which type of transport do you prefer in Los Angeles?

Metro

Metro is a fairly convenient city transport network that connects the main cityneighborhoods, including Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Pasadena. It was opened recently, in 1990, so there are not enough metro stations in the city. Nowadays, the uniform metro system includes five main lines: red, purple, yellow, blue and green. The first two lines are the traditional underground metro, and the other three are light-rail skyways. There is another light-rail line called Expo Line.

Los Angeles Metro Gold Line at East Los Angeles Civic Center station

In fact, it’s conveniently to travel between the main areas by using metro, becauseit can take you to the major city attractions, including the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. One-time tickets for the metro and an all-day passes can be bought at special kiosks located at every station. Weekly and monthly passes are sold at Metro Users Centers, the majoroffice of which is located at Union Station. The cost of metro passes in Los Angeles:

  • $1.75 –one-way ticket with transfers between lines, which is valid for 2 hours;
  • $7 – train ticket for the whole day;
  • $25 – a 7-day pass;
  • $100 – a monthlypass.

 

Rental Car

As you know, Los Angeles is considered to be the city of car drivers, since it’s most convenient to travel there by car, which allows you to get anywhere quickly. In addition, in many city areas public transport is generally not available, while in others there are such routes where buses operate only during the day and in the evening. Thus, there is practically no alternative there except for taxi or a rental car.

OLA Cathedral

The greatestlocationfor car rental in Los Angeles is LAX Airport. If your goal is to travel around California, and your flight arrives late at night, it will be the easiest solution. Los Angeles Airport car return is a perfect opportunity of getting around LA for those travelers who value their time.

Tips for car rental in Los Angeles:

  • You can book a car in advance via Internet. You will only need to provide your driver’s license, and a credit card.
  • When traveling in Los Angeles, it’s better to use a car navigator, so as not to get lost in the city’s intersections and not to miss the necessary junction on the highway.
  • Don’t forget about parking. Prices start from $2 per hour in the city center to $9 dollars per hour in the area of ​​Malibu beaches.

 

Buses

The bus system of Los Angeles is well developed. In total the city features about 200 bus routes traveling in all directions. By bus, you can easily reach any spot you need. The only thing that should not be forgotten is that many buses in LA run rarely and sometimes you have to wait for a long time. Another problem is that there are only daytime bus routes, and it’s impossible to catch the bus in the evening.

LACMTA Metro Local 2002 NABI 40-LFW #7723

Popular tourist routes of buses in Los Angeles:

  • Beachwood Canyon Route – it can take you to the Hollywood sign – the famous white letters on the hill, and also runs along Hollywood Boulevard to Beachwood Drive;
  • Downtown Routes – these are 6 bus routes linking the main attractions in the area: Union Station, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, the financial quarter and the Exposition Park;
  • Hollywood Route – a bus running along this route rides along the boulevards of Sunset and La Cienega, connecting the Hollywood area with Highland and the Beverly Center shopping complex.

The priceof the bus ticket is $ 1.75. Travel must either be paid at the entrance through a special terminal near the bus driver, or purchased in advance at one of the metro stations.

 

Taxi

Taxis in Los Angeles can be found almost everywhere: at Union Station, LAX Airport, or at bus terminals, and also at the sea port. In all other cases, it’s better to call a taxi by phone, because it’s just not possible to stop it right on the street. Also, you can ask to call you a taxi at the reception in the hotel.

tourists

The tariff for a taxi in LA starts at $2.6 per landing. And then the overall travel price is calculated according to the taximeter: the tariff is $1.80 for each mile. By the way, the price increases for the evening and night trips.