|California - Travel Information
Getting around (and to) California
There are numerous Amtrak trains connecting LA and San Diego, with
a stop at Fullerton for buses to Disneyland, and one daily service
running up the coast from LA, stops at Oakland and Emeryville, the
nearest stations to San Francisco, and continues via Sacramento
Another line from Oakland runs along the Central Valley, but only
connects with LA by bus. Cross-country routes leave LA for Florida
(the Sunset Limited via Tucson, Houston and New Orleans) and for
Chicago (the Southwest Chief daily via Flagstaff, Albuquerque and
Kansas City). Oakland has its own direct service to Chicago. Visitors
can save on fares greatly by using the Rail Pass program. Greyhound
and Green Tortoise buses link all the main cities.
You can explore and enjoy California to the full in a car. You cannot
imagine exploring cities such as Los Angeles without the automobile.
To drive down the coastal freeways invites irresistible mental images
of Beach Boys-style cruising. Car rental in California is among
the cheapest in the country and the savings made by easy access
to campgrounds and chain motels can easily offset the initial cost.
With nine airports functioning in California, it is well connected
by air services running from the airports. For quick hops between
the major cities - especially LA and San Francisco - you cannot
beat flying. Services are extremely frequent at competitive prices
and if you are a frequent flyer than take advantage of off-peak
Note Regular scheduled fares are high.
Traveling long-distance in a cycle can be interesting. Cycling from
north to south, especially during summer time, with wind blowing
on your face can make all the difference.
Be careful if you cycle along the coast on Hwy-1: it has heavy traffic,
tight curves and is prone to fog. Nevertheless, you can enjoy some
of the most stunning views.