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    How to move around

    by mindcrime Written Feb 3, 2010

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    LA isn’t a walkable city, it’s big and the sights are spread all over the city, sometimes in great distance one from the other. You need a vehicle to take you from point A to B although you may walk there a lot. For example we visited Venice and walked to Santa Monica or spend hours walking in downtown.

    Renting a car in LA will save you a lot of time if you want to move quick, from Hollywood you can go to Venice in 20’ while the public bus will take about 60’. You can rent a car at LAX airport where we noticed all the famous rental companies(Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Dollar). Watch out though: for the traffic(day and night), other drivers attitude (aggressive and always in a hurry), always wear your seat belt, park where its legal and don’t use your cell phone while driving.

    We saw some of them around but we didn’t use any, completely different city than NY by the way where the yellow cabs are everywhere.

    Metro and Bus
    The car culture is beyond imagination in LA, everyone seems to drive a car here! I’ve been told that inside the local buses you can only see poor and wacky people. It’s wrong(or just not entirely true!). We used the subway and many local buses with no problem except the fact that we lost some time due to traffic. The lack of timetables on the bus stops helped us to get in touch with the locals too :)
    The subway(pic 3) isn’t very helpful for a tourist (we only used the Red Line between Union Station(downtown), Hollywood and Universal Studios). It operates 4:00am to midnight (until 3.00am Friday/Saturday)
    Areas like Venice/Santa Monica to the west are only accessible by bus (pic 2). The buses will take you everywhere, just check for info and maps. There are some express buses (pic 1), they don’t stop in every corner so you will ride faster, check out for the Rapid logo on them and on the bus stops.

    The single subway/bus ticket costs $1.25 but there is a Day Pass for just $5. You can buy it on board on any metro bus or at the subway stations. With the day pass you save after 4 boarding per day. There are also weekly pass ($17) and monthly pass($62).

    A local friend told me about some short distance buses, operated by DASH, they have 6 lines that crisscross the downtown area and the ticket costs only 25c. Check their site for info:

    Rapid rocal Bus local bus metro metro map

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    Come here for a way into the South Bay

    by marinarena Written Oct 4, 2006

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    ...and also downtown L.A. At the Artesia Transit Center, there are many buses that go into South Bay L.A county region, including nearby Gardena and Torrance. I like the colorful art deco of the station and that big clock since I don't usually have my watch! Park and ride the bus -or just ride especially on Metro bus 444-447. A few of these express routes start/end in downtown LA and San Pedro, where there is the nice Ports O Call area for boat cruise and other beachside entertainment.

    LA bus station, California (Artesia Transit) colorful Artesia Transit Center, california Artesia Transit center map
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    Don't Count On Public Transportation

    by lmkluque Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    I drive from San Diego to L.A. but, of course, you can fly into Los Angeles International Airport. It is quite far from downtown or any of the sights you'll want to see in LA, but quite near some rather interesting places such as, the lovely beach communities just north and west of the airport.

    L.A. has public transportation but the only thing I'd recommend public transportation for, is to get to the Getty Center--because there is a fifteen dollar parking fee. I haven't tried out the Metro yet so might have to ammend my opinion after exploring a bit.

    Other than that, you'll need a car to get around L.A. but even that is not such a great way to get around.

    Almost any time, day or night the freeways are jam packed and it feels more like a parking lot than a freeway!

    Driving around town is also a major headache and time consuming. When making plans for the day add at least an extra hour for travel!

    LA Freeways!
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    by GlobetrottAngelino Updated Dec 20, 2006

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    LA is known as a car city, which is definately true, but maybe not in the way some people think. Many don't realize that LA has the third largest public transport system in the USA and that well over 1.5 million people use the system on weekday, albeit if many of the riders tend to be on the poor side. LA actually has the busiest bus line (Wilshire Blvd.), the second busiest above ground rail line (Blue Line) and the second busiest subway line (Red Line) in the USA, so when people say no one uses public transport in Los Angeles it really isn't true.

    Everyone assumes LA was built by the car. In the first half of the 20th Century, the region had what was considered the finest public transport system in the nation and every major area of commerce was near a rail/trolley line. Regretably, after WWII busses replaced the trolley lines and areas that were not near a line were developed. The last train ran in the early 60's before being dismantled, but less than 20 years later, LA voters decided to tax themselves to start building the current rail system. With Democrats now in control of Congress, a powerful pro-rail mayor in Antonio Villaraigosa, and the state of California now funding infrastructure again, there is a strong hope that the system will be expanded significantly over the next 15 years.

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    Light rail system around LA

    by geojean Written Jan 25, 2009

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    I'm personally more partial to the east side based on accesability to other areas, I think its more accesable in regards to transporation, and yes it is possible to get around in LA without a car, just check out MTA.NET light rail system can get you around town. The flyaway from LAX can get you downtown and from there the best places to stay in my own personal opinion are Pasadena or downtown, centrally located and from there you can get to hollywood, Santa Monica, downtown and Pasadena re great places to explore the city... with Metro Link (long distance train) you can make it to disneyland or orange county beaches. can give you recommendations on accomadations in Pasadena and downtown. Have a great trip, your a nice Mom to do this for your daugther.

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    By plane (I'm serious... ...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    By plane (I'm serious... Really).

    That's me at the cockpit of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) 747 plane.... with the Captain, the co-Captain and the Captain's wife (a dear friend!). :-)) Cool! The ONLY thing is that it's hard to look good when we're ALL suffering from jet lag... 'Tis almost a 17-hour flight, ya know... (not counting transit time). :-(( Oh well..... But then again, I'm not complaining since I got upgraded to Biz class and Jo Ann got a First Class seat for just being the WIFE of a Captain. Hm.

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    Why, by Plane, Train and...

    by Krystynn Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Why, by Plane, Train and Automobile, of course!

    LA is so huge and sprawling that if you don't have a car... you may just feel a little handicapped. But don't let such minute details spoil your holiday. And if you bump into Harrison Ford (swoon...), tell him I said 'hi'! :-)

    Have a great time conquering LA.

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    Flight Berlin - Los Angeles

    by Mandy23 Written Jun 9, 2004

    Berlin, Germany - Los Angeles

    Flight Number: LH177
    Departure: 08:25 on Tuesday
    from Berlin - Tegel, Germany
    Arrival: 09:30 on Tuesday
    at Frankfurt/Main, Germany
    Airline: Deutsche Lufthansa
    Aircraft Type: Airbus A321

    Flight Number: LH456
    Departs: 10:20 on Tuesday
    from Frankfurt/Main, Germany
    Arrives: 12:45 on Tuesday
    at Los Angeles, USA
    Airline: Deutsche Lufthansa
    Aircraft Type: Boeing 747-400

    Total Travel Time: 13:20

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    A step outside the busy...

    by RamSter Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    A step outside the busy airport, it was jam packed with buses and Taxi's.It was congested, i could only imagine what downtown L.A would be like.

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