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For starters, getting into the city from the airport is a cinch.
From the lower terminal level, you can hire a shuttle service that will take you straight to your hotel. Prime Time and SuperShuttle are popular, reliable companies offering this service. They’ll also make sure you get to the airport in good time for your return flight home.
If you want to save money and make your own way to your hotel from the city centre, there is a free shuttle bus from outside arrivals that stops at the Metro bus station – a hub for buses serving all of Los Angeles.
If you’re heading to Downtown’s Union Station, Santa Monica or Hollywood, you can catch the LAX FlyAway bus from outside arrivals, too – keep your eyes peeled for the green ‘FlyAway Buses and Long Distance Vans’ sign. Each bus is marked with its service location.
A taxi to your hotel is also an option, but an expensive one, especially in the morning or early evening when traffic jams are rife. To avoid an eye-watering fare, the best time to travel from the airport by taxi is at night.
Once you’re in the city and hopefully nice and settled in your hotel, it’s time to explore the Big Orange! Public transport in Los Angeles might not be as comprehensive as in other big cities but its bus services are cheap and regular and big developments are being made to its Metro Rail network.
Metro buses operate around 200 regular service routes that stop every few blocks while the Metro Rail network consists of six light-rail lines and two subway lines.
The Red Line is very handy for tourists – it’s a subway line that connects Union Station to North Hollywood via Central Hollywood and Universal City.
DASH shuttle buses are a superb alternative for getting about. These clean-fuel shuttle buses run along 33 routes and are a snip at 50¢ per boarding. Just remember they only run until 7pm and services are limited at weekends.
If you find the LA zest for exercise is catching, why not join in and hire a bike? It’s a fantastic way of exploring the city, particularly the miles and miles of beach-side cycle paths.
There are many rental companies to choose from, some renting by the day, others by the hour. Most have an impressive array of bicycles, from single-speeders to tandems and electric bikes.
For venturing out of the metropolis, you can catch Greyhound buses from Downtown Los Angeles to other southern Californian cities, and trains from Union Station.
Whether you’re hanging out in LA or beginning an epic road trip, car rental is a great idea. Discover your options on our Los Angeles car hire page.