Travel in L.A
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Feb 20, 2013 1:58 PM Last Post By: trekker502
Feb 14, 2013 1:53 PM
Travel in L.AHi there,
My boyfriend and I are stopping over in L.A for a few nights. We will arrive at LAX on a Thurs afternoon and then leave for Vegas on Saturday afternoon. We are looking at booking accomodation on Sunset Blvd (this is because it was a hotel that is within our budget).
We plan on spending all of the Friday at Citadel Outlet mall, and the only other things I want to see are Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign. If I had time then it would also be nice to check out Venice Beach.
What I would like to know is what would be the best transport option? To go with public transport and airport shuttles, or hire a car? Taking into consideration we are on a limited budget and are both 23 (so extra costs may apply for car hire as we are under 25), and also we are from NZ so are not used to driving on the right side of the road.
But we really dont want to spend too long on buses, or waiting for buses..
Any advice would be appreciated!
Feb 14, 2013 5:15 PM
1Coming from someone who's lived in L.A. the past four years, you'll spend a long time in traffic regardless if you're driving or someone else. Even though the traffic is typically horrendous, L.A.is not much of a walker-friendly city. (I guess we all like to sit for hours in our cars...I have no idea). So, if you're staying near Hollywood Blvd (I know you said Sunset, but not knowing the cross street, I don't know how far you are from Hollywood Blvd), and if you just want to see the Walk of Fame and the sign, I would suggest not renting a car and either walking (depending on proximity) or cabbing. As for the Citadel Outlet mall, I actually don't even know where that is. Perhaps taking the subway would be the best option. If you give me an address for it, I can better help w/ how to get there.
Also, if you're spending all of Friday at the mall, and you want to see the Walk of Fame and Hollywood sign, you might not have enough time for the beach. When were you planning on going there?
Feb 14, 2013 6:31 PM
2The subway will get you to most places quickly, particularly in and around Hollywood, although you will need to get a bus to get to Venice Beach. My boyfriend and I used public transport when in LA last year and got around fine on it, although as you can expect there can be quite a bit of traffic around, but this would be the case no matter what kind of vehicle you were in! To save some money when arriving at the airport, the LAX flyover shuttle goes from the airport to Union Station, where you can then get the subway to Sunset Boulevard. The Flyaway cost $7 each way last year, which is a fair bit cheaper than most airport shuttles.
Feb 14, 2013 6:40 PM
Feb 14, 2013 7:12 PM
Feb 14, 2013 7:19 PM
5The Citadel is nothing special and extremely difficult to get to without a car.
Since you're heading to Las Vegas after LA, go to the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall instead. It's at least as big as the Citadel and has pretty much all the same stores (do a Google Search and you'll see). The best part is that it is super easy to get to from all major hotels. It's a MAJOR bus stop on the city lines and buses run up and down the strip marked "Outlet Mall". If you're staying in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, say near Treasure Island, it's only about 15 minutes away. Way easier than the Citadel...and all the good stores.
Feb 14, 2013 8:39 PM
6As #5 said, the Citadel Outlets are not worth going to. I live nearby and don't bother going at all. The outlet mall off of Charlston Blvd. near downtown is pretty good.
Feb 14, 2013 11:06 PM
7If outlet shopping is really important to you, rent a car for the day and go to Camarillo. Agree w/others that Citadel is just ok. You can actually get pretty close on the 720 Wilshire bus (if it goes to City of Commerce).
For Venice, take the 704 down Santa Monica Boulevard and then the 733 to Venice. That will take at least an hour. Stop in Santa Monica on the way there or back.
How are you getting to Vegas?
Feb 15, 2013 7:15 AM
Feb 15, 2013 8:00 AM
9I agree, do your outlet shopping in Vegas, and that frees up one day for the beach (although Venice is pretty gritty these days). Stay near Hollywood and Highland, that is right next to Walk of Fame, Chinese theater, etc. Also a major transit center.
Feb 15, 2013 1:59 PM
- Where exactly on Sunset Blvd? It's a boulevard that stretches for miles across the entire LA area between Downtown and the beach. I'm assuming it's somewhere in east Hollywood where it's seedy and motels are cheapest.
- Why Citadel outlets? It's a waste of time and they're far nowhere near tourist sites and hard to get to without a car. There are better outlets in Vegas. Skip them. There is much better shopping at discount designer stores in LA where you will already be. Check out Loehmann's, Nordstrom Rack, Marshall's etc.
- If you're planning to commute by public transit, you should stay near a good hub. A good option is somewhere near the red line of the metro in Hollywood close to Hollywood/Highland. Then you can take bus #217 down Fairfax Blvd and reach sites in West Hollywood, as well as walk down to Santa Monica Blvd and take the express bus to Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. You can take the Flyaway bus from LAX to Union Station in Downtown LA and the red line metro to Hollywood from there. Another option is to stay in Downtown LA where hotels are cheaper. You will be by the red line metro to Hollywood and buses to Santa Monica (Blue Blue #10) and Beverly Hills/West Hollywood.
- Most tourists really like the walkable area by the beach which includes Venice Beach and Santa Monica. I would highly recommend considering staying here. HI Hostel in Santa Monica has a great location a block from the beach near a ton of shopping, restaurants and bars. And you can walk or bike to Venice Beach from here easily. Most importantly, the entire area is walkable. You can take Blue Bus #3 from LAX to Santa Monica. You can take express bus down Santa Monica Blvd from here to Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
Feb 15, 2013 6:36 PM
11smartcookiee -- please check my post "L.A.'s Top Attractions at No Cost" just a little earlier than this one, on February 14. What transportation route takes people to the Griffith Park Observatory at night and in the daytime? Are there rental horses at Griffith Park Equestrian Center or nearby? Is there a tram around to the attractions inside Griffith Park, from the Zoo to the Observatory, etc.?
Feb 19, 2013 4:49 PM
12Wow. Thank you for all the information, it is much appreciated. Google searches can only tell you so much!! Only problem with shopping in Vegas is that we are travelling with Spirit airlines (to Vegas from LA and back) and our cheap-o flights dont include baggage so any extra bags will bump the cost of this up quite substantially. Ahh well should start saving more perhaps!
Feb 19, 2013 6:13 PM
Feb 20, 2013 11:04 AM
14Yeah, Spirit is a huge pain. Lots of extra charges. Southwest is much better as mentioned. But sounds like you're already locked in.
trekker, just seeing your post now. I need to know where you're coming from in order to provide the best transportation options. As you know, LA is huge.
Here's horse rentals info in Griffith Park: http://www.griffithparkhorserental.com/trail_rides.html
Here's info on various trains and trams inside the park: http://www.griffithparktrainrides.com/
Here's a good blog post on various activities: http://www.discoverhollywood.com/Publications/Discover-Hollywood/2012/Issue-Summer-2012/Travelling-Around-Griffith-Park.aspx
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