Getting Around Los Angeles

Car Rentals
Renting a car is your best option for getting around L.A. Los Angeles epitomizes what the west meant to so many people all those years ago: wide-ranging space. Too much space, in fact, to be covered on foot. There are other options, of course, for traveling around the city, but eventually it'll cost you. The best way to see Los Angeles by far, is by renting a car and driving around the city at your leisure.

Publc Transportation
If renting a car isn't an option, however, L.A. has one of the best public transportation systems around. An added bonus, of course being that you won't have to be the one to fight the traffic! Take the bus and leave it up to the driver to deal with rush hour. Instead, use the time to reminisce with your family about all the sights you took in that day. Just remember to pull the cord about a block before your stop to remind the driver that someone needs to get off.

Because L.A. is so expansive and trains are usually associated more with New York City and the east coast, many tourists don't even realize Los Angeles has a train system. Riding the train, however, is a fantastic and fun way to get around the city! Grab a map and a timetable and you're ready to go.

Riding a bike is definitely a less conventional method of transport, but it will most certainly get you to your destination, and in a much healthier and environmentally-friendly way too. If you're a fan of biking, this may be the best option for you when looking for different modes of transportation in Los Angeles. L.A. is a very bicycle-friendly town with special parking spaces available for bikes at transit stations. Bicycles are also welcomed on trains and there are racks available on city buses.

If you are a fan of taxicabs, L.A. is the city for you! With nine franchise taxi companies, there are plenty of cabs for everyone. Just be sure when getting into a cab to look for the City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal. This means the cab is regularly inspected and has been approved to carry passengers. Just like in most large cities, these cabs are free to be hailed, if not in service. But, you can always call ahead to be picked up and taken to your destination.