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Los Angeles Guide
A Guide to Los Angeles
Know Before You Go
- Pack sunscreen and stay hydrated. The sun in California can be unrelenting, and it's not uncommon to get sunburnt after a day at Venice Beach.
- Destinations around Los Angeles aren't close. It's important to plan your days carefully, as it's easy to underestimate the distances between attractions.
- Save money on drinks buy taking advantage of the afternoon and late-night happy hours.
- Smoking is not allowed in public places including the use of vapes. If you need to sneak off for a puff, you may need to leave or find a restaurant that has smoking patios.
- Go on the Dearly Departed tour. It's one of the city's most popular trips that visits haunted locations and tells a more grim side to Los Angeles history.
- The weather in Los Angeles is not always sunny. Make sure you're prepared, by keeping a light jacket in your bag for early morning and late night adventures.
Getting Around Los Angeles
- Despite the gridlocked traffic, hiring a car is still the best way to get around Los Angeles. The public transport system is limited compared to other states, and you can find rental agencies at the airport or in the city centre. Rentals start at USD 40-55 per day.
- There are six metro lines that run through Los Angeles. Some of the stations stop near the city's attractions such as Universal Studios Hollywood and the Santa Monica Pier. The trains run from 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and a single ride will set you back USD 1.75.
- Los Angeles boasts 170 bus lines, but it's not the easiest system to figure out. Most buses run from 5:00 a.m. and end between 7:30 pm. to 2:30 a.m. Fares cost USD 1.75, or you can buy a seven-day pass for USD 25.
- If you don't want to rent a car, you can use the city's taxi service to get around. The fares are steep starting at USD 3 with each additional mile costing USD 2.70, but you won't have to deal with the city's traffic. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are also available, or you can flag down a driver from the street.
Best time to visit Los Angeles
When is The Best Time to Visit Los Angeles?
The best time to visit Los Angeles is during its two shoulder seasons. From March to May and September to November, the city empties out, and the weather cools off. You'll also have a better time finding discounted hotel rates and airfare prices.
June to August is Los Angeles peak tourist season. The temperatures are high, there are plenty of festivals and the school holidays attract local and international visitors. If you're planning your trip during this period, book your hotel and flights a few months in advance to lock in better rates.
If you want to escape the crowds, visit the city between December and February. You'll be able to find airfare and hotel room deals if you book around LA's famous award show season.
Airports in Los Angeles
Airports in Los Angeles
Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport is the second busiest airport in the United States. It also holds the record as the world's busiest origin and destination airport and is a hub for major airlines like Virgin America and Delta.
Getting to and from Los Angeles International Airport
There is a free shuttle bus service available at the airport. Wait underneath the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the lower arrivals level.
You can also take the "Lot C" Shuttle to get to the Metro Bus Center. From there you can transfer to one of the city buses serving the Los Angeles area.
If you want to hire a car, you'll find the rental companies inside the arrivals hall outside of the baggage claim area.
Metered taxis are located on the lower arrivals level. If you don't want to be ripped off, make sure you get a ticket from an official stand that states the fares to major destinations. You can also use the airport's free WiFi to request a ride with Uber or Lyft.