You can take the Metro to Hollywood to see the Walk of Fame (stars inlaid on Hollywood Blvd), the footprints in the courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and more. Hollywood and Highland is an outdoor shopping center featuring stores, restaurants and the Dolby Theatre. You can get a great view of the Hollywood sign from various points in the courtyard of Hollywood and Highland. You will need at least 2 or 3 hours to explore the tourist areas of Hollywood Boulevard.
You can also catch a Guided Tour from Hollywood Boulevard, if you have time. Some tours last all day, while others take only an hour or two.
From LAX, a bus ride takes 30-60 minutes each way.
Take the Flyaway Hollywood shuttle bus from any terminal at LAX to Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. From there you can walk, take the Metro Red Line subway train or a bus to Hollywood & Highland. It's faster to ride, although there are many interesting things to look at along the sidewalk, such as Walk of Fame stars and souvenir shops, which adds to the walking time.
Click here to visit the Metro website for bus schedules
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
MTA's Metro Trip Planner displays schedules and fare information for L.A. Metro buses and trains. It's fast and easy to use. Simply visit the MTA's website at Metro.net and you'll find the Metro Trip Planner on the top right side of the home page.
FlyAway Shuttle Bus Tips:
If you want to stroll around Hollywood Blvd, visit some shops, view stars on the sidewalk, look at the footprints in the cement, and get something to eat, give yourself at least 2 or 3 hours, plus travel time, plus an additional hour (two hours for international flights) to get through security and walking through the terminal at LAX.