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Getting Around Los Angeles: Transport Tips and Advice

An LA City Bus

Although Los Angeles has the John Wayne Airport (Orange County) and Bob Hope Airport (Burbank), most travelers arriving into the USA or flying internally to the city will find themselves at LAX. This brand new international airport is conveniently linked to the city center by a free shuttle bus which stops at the Aviation Stop of the green metro line.

Unfortunately, walking or biking in Los Angeles isn’t really an option – the city is too large and sprawling. Renting a car is always possible but the freeways and thoroughfares of LA are notoriously packed. The best option for getting around, therefore, is to use the bus and subway systems.

A Metro Day Pass allows for unlimited access to public transport and can be purchased at any bus or rail station. Getting from neighborhood to neighborhood can also be achieved via the DASH shuttle which joins up many tourist hot-spots.

The city's subway is an economical and (for the most part) effective way of getting around. The blue line runs north-south between Long Beach and LA, while the red line travels from Union Station and Downtown through Hollywood. In addition to its services to LAX, the green line goes east-west through the city.