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Getting Around Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a car aficionado’s dream come true, and a commuter’s worst nightmare. Its roads, freeways and driveways are filled with every luxury car available. Angelenos love their cars, but all of this love has created a terrible traffic problem. Ask any resident what they hate most, and chances are that traffic on the 405 Freeway will come out of their mouth.

To help combat the traffic, the city has developed a subway system that has yet to take off. Angelenos are just too attached to their cars. For tourists, the subway is a good option to get around certain areas. But it does not run throughout the entire greater Los Angeles area, which is partly why the subway has not gained the popularity that city officials had once hoped. Hop on at Hollywood & Highland, and hop off at Universal Studios Hollywood and back. Or head into Downtown to check out the skyscrapers.

Don’t expect to be able to flag down a taxi simply by standing on the street. Unlike most major cities, Los Angeles does not have a large taxi presence. If you want a taxi, call ahead from your hotel or night spot.

The bus system is more widely available. The Metro Rapid will take you from Santa Monica to Downtown while you sit back and relax. Or hop on Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. For 25 cents to $1.75, you can travel all over the Westside of Los Angeles and actually be able to enjoy the view.

To get from the airport to your hotel, contact the Super Shuttle or Prime Time Shuttle. They offer door-to-door service and can accommodate groups. Some hotels provide this service for free.

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