Los Angeles Transport Guide
Here are the best ways to get around Los Angeles:
LA has a few different bus services including DASH, which has the most frequent services throughout the Downtown LA area. During weekdays, 6 different routes interweave throughout the area running through destinations such as Pershing Square and Little Tokyo. Look out for the Big Blue Buses that serve the Santa Monica and Venice districts. To get to LAX airport, hop on the Flyaway shuttle, which leaves from Union Station in Downtown LA every 30 minutes.
All metro trips in LA, whether by subway, train or bus, currently applies a flat rate for one-way, inner-city journeys. Day or week passes are also available and worth buying if you are staying in Los Angeles for an extended amount of time. The metro currently has 4 lines: Green, Blue, Red and Gold. The Green line travels in an easterly direction from a station near the LAX airport through Central and onto Norwalk. The Blue line starts at Long Beach and finishes its journey at Downtown. The Red line begins at Union Station and heads over to Hollywood, while the Gold line starts at Union Station and travels northeast towards Pasadena.
Gain your independence in LA by hiring a car. To travel long distances or to explore the Los Angeles County, car hire is a great idea (Hello road trip!). Just remember that Americans drive on the right!:
Metered cabs typically charge around $US45 to go from LAX airport to the Downtown LA district. Please note that a customary tip of 15 percent on top of the bill is expected on every journey. Taxi metres calculate the fare by the distance and time of the trip. Generally, LA taxicabs are very safe and legitimate drivers should carry an ID, which can be produced upon request.