TIP: If you're going to rely on public transportation then see the link to Metro below.
- LAX, John Wayne, Burbank, Ontario, more.
- Try Metro (below) first. If the Metro does not serve your desired area, follow this link to find schedules, routes and info for other bus agencies within the Los Angeles area.
- There are about a dozen taxi cab companies in Los Angeles, but they are limited to pick up only in their authorized areas. So you will need to call the appropriate cab company, depending on where you want to be picked up. Follow the link for details, and phone numbers of official taxi cab companies in the various areas.
- Train schedules and info. This is not the same as Metro, which operates rail cars within the city. Amtrak has destinations from LA to most cities in US and Canada.
- City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation Bicycle Information Web Site provides bicycle maps, bicycle parking tips and info, bicycle law information, and other resources. Look for a link on the lower right side of the Bicycle Information Web Site where you can download a guide which offers Rules, regulations and safety tips to help you make the most of bicycling around Los Angeles.
- has a Port of Call in Long Beach. The website offers information on their cruise lines and vacations.
- Check automobile rental pricing and availability online. TIP: You might not need to rent a car if you stay in a hotel or motel near the Metro Red Line train.
- Daily boat departures to Catalina Island from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point.
- Island Express Helicopter Service offers a 15 minute flight to Avalon, helicopter dinner tours and more.
- The freeways in Los Angeles are often referred to by name, rather than number. On news traffic reports, and when someone gives you directions, they might refer to a freeway by its name. This link contains a list of names of freeways in Los Angeles.
- Bus Transportation between Los Angeles and various destinations throughout the United States.
- (Experience LA) - Maps and sightseeing information along various public transportation routes in Los Angeles. Experience LA is a public service provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and a group of other private and public partners.
- Los Angeles has the second largest public transportation agency in the nation that operates more than 1,500 buses. We also have a subway system that can take you from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood in about 15 minutes! Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) operates the public buses and commuter trains within Los Angeles. Their website (metro.net) has extensive schedule information, trip planners, how to get to some of the famous tourist attractions, much more.
How to use the Metro Trip Planner on Metro's website:
Enter a starting point, such as "LAX" or your hotel's address
and a destination, such as "Farmers Market"
Optionally enter a starting time, then click the button
The Metro Trip Planner is fast and easy to use. Use the Metro Trip Planner to find out if your hotel is near convenient Metro routes BEFORE you make your reservations!
If you are going to rely on public transportation while visiting Los Angeles, then become familiar with metro.net!
L.A. Metro Trip Planner
- You might not need to rent a car if you stay in a hotel or motel near the Metro Red Line train. The Red Line offers easy access to Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios and various points in downtown Los Angeles. Metro buses can quickly take you to Museum Row on Miracle Mile, Santa Monica, the Getty, Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland.
- A commuter rail system that links Orange County with surrounding areas including Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.
- Check air flight pricing and availability online. You can simply type a city name (i.e., "Los Angeles") or use one of these airport codes: Los Angeles = LAX; Burbank = BUR; Long Beach = LGB; Ontario = ONT.