Tourist Travel guide

Local Transport in Los Angeles

One of the best ways to get around in Los Angeles is to use the public transport system, operated by the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, known locally as the Metro. You must buy a ticket before making a journey. These can be purchased from ticket machines at the stations or from the bus drivers. Various types of tickets are available, starting from $1.75 for one trip. Other more cost effective tickets are available, such as a ‘7-Day Pass’ costing $25.

The Metro system consists of subways, light railways and buses. There are currently eight lines: Red, Purple, Blue, Expo (Cyan), Gold, Green, Orange and Silver. The Red line is particularly popular with tourists as it runs from Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles to the Hollywood area. The Silver and Orange Lines are known as “bus rapid transit, connecting the South Bay and the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown LA (Silver Line) and running from North Hollywood to Warner Center in Woodland Hills (Orange Line).

The Metro Bus service operates 200 different lines and will get you nearer to your final destination. The buses travel across the Los Angeles area to all of the main destinations, including state parks, attractions and shopping districts. Many Metro Bus lines provide connections to Metro Rail stations.

Amtrak and Metrolink trains are handy for getting you to the suburbs and neighbouring towns.

Taxis (Cabs) are available at various ranks and also outside large hotels. It may be easier to plan your journey and book a taxi in advance from the many taxi firms that operate in the region. Apps such as Uber are also popular. Prices start at $2.85 for the first 1/9th of a mile travelled.

External Links:
Metro Map
Route Planner
Alternative Route Planner
Taxi Fare Estimator

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