Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the U.S after New York and is the entertainment capital of the world. With its world-class museums and fabulous restaurants, it’s a location that is well worth visiting. There is so much to see and do, you will want to make the most of your time there. Here are 3 ways to get around and see the sights in Los Angeles.
Hire a car
Whilst Los Angeles may be synonymous with gridlocks, hiring a car is a good idea if you want to travel further afield. It is so vast that so getting around will be far easier and quicker with a car than with some other transport methods. For the most part, the city is a grid with streets running north to south and east to west so you should get the hang of it fairly easily. Many hotels, restaurants, theatres and other venues offer a valet service which will save you time and is far less stressful. If you prefer to park on the street, free parking is widely available in more suburban areas but rare in more commercial ones. Metered parking is common so there are thousands of parking spots – it’s just a case of finding one that isn’t taken! When you do park, pay close attention to the colour of the curbs, each colour signifies a different parking restriction.
If the idea of driving around in unfamiliar surroundings makes you shudder, consider using a Los Angeles car service. A driver will collect you and take you wherever you want to go. Car services are also available to and from the airport which may make your journey far more pleasurable. There are many different vehicles to choose from depending on your requirements. It’s a good idea to book in advance to ensure that your needs can be met.
Los Angeles Metro System
The Los Angeles Metro is the local public transport system. It includes rail and bus services as well as a bike-share program making it a flexible way to get around. Metrorail comprises 6 lines covering 93 stations. It’s a cheap, easy and fast way to get from A to B.
Metrobus is an extensive network of over 165 buses with a wide radius of routes available. It’s a good alternative to the Metrorail if you want to travel further afield.
There are hundreds of bike stations in Los Angeles. You can hire a bike by using the mobile app or using your TAP card at any kiosk (details below.) It couldn’t be simpler, pay and off you go. Once your allotted time is up you can drop your bike at any cycle station.
In terms of payment for all Metro services, a TAP card is a payment card that you preload with credit and use each time you travel. It’s far easier than using standard tickets for every journey and can make your trip a whole lot easier.