Los Angeles

Get around


Getting around Los Angeles can be daunting for 1st time visitors but if you plan the things you want to see in advance, hire a car and get to know the different public transport options in the region you will improve your experience.

Due to the infrastructure of America public transport in Los Angeles is still a work in progress. Although L.A. has an extensive regional bus system, bus services out of tourist areas run every 30 to 90 minutes. In the city centre some bus routes have service every 10 to 15 minutes but the occasional delay can still occur from time to time.

Bear in mind that there are numerous bus transit agencies in the L.A. area which are independent of the Metro, thus charging different fares. To name a few Santa Monica, Culver City, Long Beach, Santa Clarita, and Ontario operate their own bus agencies.

Thanks to the launch of the Metro Rail in 1990 many neighbourhoods and attractions can be reached in less than no time via rail! A one-way fare valid on one line in one direction costs $1.75 (with free transfers for two hours). Tickets for all journeys can be purchased at vending machines located inside the stations. A day pass (valid until 3 a.m. the next day) costs $7 while a weekly pass costs $25. These passes can be purchased on reusable TAP cards.

Despite the fact that traffic jams are a typical occurrence in L.A. driving is the easiest and most convenient way to get around the city. Car rental companies are located at LAX.

Find out more about backpacking in Los Angeles.

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