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Erick
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Best transportation services in LA?

Which transportation services do you think are the best in LA? 


9 Answers

answered by
Viktoria from Los Angeles

Erick! Either rent a car or take Uber or Lift. Don't trust people recommending you to take public transportation-its unreliable, takes forever to get ANYWHERE in this outrageously spread city plus only in rich areas you won't be dealing with homeless and crazy people on the buses/metro. Very uncomfortable. Taxis are pretty expansive, plus 99% of the drivers drive slowly on purpose. 


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answered by
Winifred from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

LA is not known for its good public transportation.  There is an extensive, if somewhat confusing, bus system.  The light rails are expanding and are good depending on what part of the city you are in.  Uber and Lyft are popular here as well.  The LA freeways are often crowded because too many people are driving.  If you are staying in a hotel, check with the concierge about the best way to get around from where you are.  Los Angelenos don't walk much because the distances are far except in a few areas like Westwood, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and parts of downtown.  Though it's raining today, the weather is generally nice. If you rent a car, the good news is that there is usually plenty of affordable parking.  Many parking lots offer two hours free.


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answered by
Onur from Los Angeles

If you are planning to visit a shop on the main boulvards like Wilshire Blvd, public bus service could be considered. O/w  I would definetely recommend either Uber orLyft.


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answered by
John

I would make three factors the determinant of each decision you make: 

1) speed of transit - subway is best if you're going near a station, taxi/uber/left next speediest 

2) overall cost - Metro system will be <$2.50 per person, per way. Private controlled cars (owned or rented) most expensive (typically $30 per night for parking and $30 per day for parking as you travel about) 

3) simplicity - easiest is to call taxi/uber/left - you will get to your destination easily; Metro system, with tranfers between rail and bus lines require more careful thought (though Google maps has good directions in its mobile app 

 

Three other things to note: 

1) if you're going between metro areas (e.g. LA to San Diego or Santa Barbara), look into Amtrak as an option. It's a gorgeous ride and quite dependable.  

2) if you're driving a vehicle in metro LA, please download and use the free Waze GPS app. It uses real-time road data and crowdsourcing to find best routes. I've lived in LA >15 years and I rely on Waze everywhere I go.  

3) if you're doing a drive up and down the Coasr Highway, for gosh sake's, please spend the extra $$$ and rent a convertible if you rent. Everyone should do it at least once in life.  

 

Hope those guidelines help! Have a great visit.


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answered by
Suzanne from Pasadena

If you need private transportation, we only use L W Transportation 877-595-4664 (to and from LAX) LA is a very big place and public transportation can be exhausting and in some cases impossible to get where you need to go. For shorter distances, public transportation is great. Rent a car, you can see so much more of this great city!


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answered by
Anthony from Los Angeles

Depends on where you are in LA but in the San Fernando Valley the Orange Line is great. It runs on it's own road, along a really nice walking/bike path and goes from East/West from North Hollywood to Warner Center in Woodland Hills. North Hollywood has lot's of great restaurants and at Warner Center, the Village Walk just opened. It's similar to the Grove and has lots of shopping and restaurants.

From Warner Center in Woodland Hills, you can catch another bus that will take you over Topanga Canyon to Malibu and down to Santa Monica. On the North Hollywood end, you can catch the Red Line train to downtown, which connects to other lines that will take you all over LA. And of course, you can always grab an Uber from any of these spots.


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answered by
James

It depends on what part of LA you will be traveling in. If you are on the West Side or Hollywood, the metro is pretty good, however outside of these areas public transportation isn't that great. The beach cities they are fine. Besides that Uber is probably your best bet for getting around the other areas, specifically the Valley unless you stay long Ventura BLVD.


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answered by
Maria from Dublin

Hi Erick,

The Metro is good, has extensive routes throughout the whole of LA, and is safe to use. We also used buses occasionally from Sunset to Hollywood and also to Santa Monica beach. Travelling by car, especially during morning and evening rush hours can be a nightmare, and buses tend to stop every few yards, which can make a short journey take a long time, so by taking the Metro you avoid all of that! We also used Uber a lot at night. Public transport in LA is a fraction of what it costs in Europe and you can get a weekly ticket which is great value.


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answered by
Kristen from Los Angeles

I would use Relay Rides to rent a car inexpensively. Always had a great experience with the various renters -- and it works out cheaper than using Uber or Lyft all the time. 






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