How to Get Around Los Angeles

  • Did a full day walking tour of LA. Our tour guide Damien was very knowledgeable and passionate about giving us all information in a clear and concise way. The tour was very well planned and organised and was not tiring.

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  • We did the Hollywood tour and loved it! The tour was at a great pace and the guide (Vicky) was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. Thank you

    Lisa Montesanti Google
  • Booked the Wild Wild West To Now tour, our guide Terry was great! (He) was very knowledgeable and the tour brought us to some really cool DTLA areas we've never been to which was so much fun! Definitely worth the reasonable price. THANK YOU TERRY!

    Irene O. Yelp
  • We had an Amazing Murder, Mystery & Ghost tour with Damien and Dante... thank you very much from Italian Girls... very interesting and funny… absolutely recommended!

    Lucrezia Scamarcio Facebook
  • My boyfriend and I took the Heart of Hollywood Tour and had a wonderful experience with Stuart. Really helpful for personal questions, funny, full of knowledge and a passion for Hollywood. Can't recommend this enough!

    E D Trip Advisor
  • Angela took us inside some beautiful Broadway theaters, told us about LA history and was very enthusiastic about her city. The great thing was that she actually took us inside the buildings. Plus after the tour we went for the 35cent cocktails! Great tour and great guide!

    Helena Cardoso Google
  • I did the Historic Core Tour!!! It was an awesome walking tour and very informative even for this Angeleno!! I am downtown daily and drive past this area and never knew the history of various locations of the city!! This provides that!! 

    David Cook L. Yelp
  • My son and I booked and completely enjoyed a private tour. We had a wonderful evening! Damien took us on a fun, informative tour. My son loves photography, and Damien did not disappoint, as he took over 300 photos!

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One of the most prevalent myths about Los Angeles is that it doesn’t have any public transport and therefore you need a car. This is off-putting for tourists, as most cities in developed countries have a mass transit public transport system and that’s what the majority of visitors use while visiting. Even some cities in the U.S., such as New York, San Francisco and Boston have extensive networks including trams and/or trains. It’s expensive to hire a car simply to get from one part of the city to another and even in the age of smart phones with GPS, for tourists it can be quite stressful.

However, L.A. not having public transport is a myth. It has an underground metro system, light rail and buses and while it isn’t on a par with most European, and many Asian cities, it is high quality (in parts) and it’s rapidly being expanded. All of the tours offered by The Real Los Angeles Tours start near Metro stations.

So, how convenient and easy to use is the system? Very. The best option is to purchase a TAP card ($1 from a vending machine at a station, $2 on the bus) and either buy a pass (a one day or a seven day pass, depending on the length of your stay, is a good idea) or put an amount of money on the card ($10 or $20 is enough for a number of rides). A single fare on the Los Angeles Metro is $1.75 and when bought with the TAP card can be used for up to two hours of transfers (in other words if you need to take a combination buses and trains $1.75 covers the entire journey within two hours).

Bus: There are bus lines connecting all the major parts of the Los Angeles area. They are not necessarily frequent (often running only two-three times an hour), but if you have time they will get you from A to B. There are also express buses, some of which travel on the freeway, that are very fast.

Train: there are no less than six rail lines in the Metro system, there are two lines that operate buses on their own dedicated right of ways with turn up and go services and there’s Metrolink, a rail service that covers the Los Angeles and surrounding counties. As you can see from this map, the combined systems cover a wide area.

Travel examples:
Going from Hollywood to downtown? Take the Red Line.
Downtown to Pasadena? The Gold Line.
Hollywood Burbank Airport to Koreatown? Metrolink and the Purple Line.
There are also shuttle buses connecting LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to the Green Line and direct connections to several other parts of Los Angeles, including downtown, Hollywood, and Santa Monica.

Finally L.A. is by no means resting on its, admittedly modest, laurels. A whole new line, called the Crenshaw/LAX Line (which will finally, properly, connect LAX to the Metro system) is currently being built and is due to open in 2019 and several other public transport projects are being worked on, including extending the Purple Line to Beverly Hills via Miracle Mile. There’s even a plan to run streetcars through downtown L.A. again!