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Getting around (and to) Los Angeles
If you are traveling around LA simply rent a limo or a car, a great
way to see the city in style. All the major car-rental agencies
have offices at the airport and in the larger hotels.
All these car hire companies can pick you up at your hotel or LAX.
Prices start at $40 per hour and vary according to type of vehicle
and number of passengers.
Splurge on one of the exclusive roadrunners such as Maserati, Ferrari,
Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, or Hummer and cover the entire Southern
California region 24-7.
The city has four public bus operators: MTA, which goes most places;
Big Blue Bus, which serves the West Los Angeles area; Culver City
Bus, which does Culver City and the Westside; and DASH, a minibus
system that runs four routes through downtown.
Though buses are economical and environmentally correct, however,
spread-out stops and slow service make extensive touring by bus
The basic bus fare is $1.35 for all local lines, with transfers
costing 25¢. Express buses, which travel along the freeways,
and buses on intercounty routes charge higher fares; phone for information.
The Downtown Area Short Hop (DASH) shuttle system operates buses
throughout Downtown, Hollywood, and the Westside of L.A. Service
runs every 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the time of day, while
the Cityline shuttle is a great way to get around West Hollywood
on weekdays (9am-4pm) and Saturday (10am-7:30pm), for little as
Metro Rail lines carry passengers from North Hollywood, Pasadena,
and Long Beach into downtown, connecting with bus lines at each
station for easy transfers. Amtrak and Metro link also have routes
throughout SoCal. It is mainly popular with commuters from outlying
Taxis are convenient but expensive as distances are long in Los
Angeles, and cab fares are high; even a short trip can cost $10
or more. Taxis charge $1.90 at the flag drop, plus $1.60 per mile.
A service charge is added to fares originating at LAX.
Taxi stands are located at airports, at downtown's Union Station,
and major hotels. Make sure you book your order in advance from
Checker Cab. Taxis cannot be hailed on the street.