Tours + Transportation

Los Angeles Tours and Transportation

AMTRAK
Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations, with nationwide connections. 800.872.7245. amtrak.com

Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
Forty-minute tour of landmarks, attractions; departs from Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. Sa-Su 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $5–$10. 310.285.2442.

Big Blue Bus
Santa Monica city bus line covers the Westside. Well-kept environmentally friendly buses burn cleaner gas. 50¢–$2. 310.451.5444, bigbluebus.com, bigbluebus.com

Bikes and Hikes L.A.
Biking and hiking tours in customizable or preset itineraries. Daily tours include L.A. in a Day, Movie Star Homes and Hollywood bike tours. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555. bikeshikes.com

 

Budge Rent A CarBudget Rent-A-Car
Cars for rent—mostly luxury vehicles including Porsches and Hummers—at competitive prices. 9815 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.9174; 1723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.9719. budget.com

 

California Yellow Cab
Transportation in sedans, town cars, minivans to/from airports, restaurants, nightlife, attractions, shopping destinations. 877.935.5692.

Catalina Express
Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservations recommended. Ride Free on Your Birthday program. Call or check website for hours and prices. 800.481.3470. catalinaexpress.com

City PassCityPass
Southern California CityPass offers discounted admission to Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure (including one Magic Morning admission), Universal Studios Hollywood (including the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, all rides and attractions) and SeaWorld San Diego. $334, ages 3-9 $291, under 3 free. Purchase pass at attractions or order online. 888.330.5008. citypass.com

Dodger Stadium Tour
Behind-the-scenes tour allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and more. $15-$20, under 4 free. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377.

Downtown Artwalk
Self-guided gallery tour/party centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Thursday of every month, noon-10 p.m.; lounge open from 6-10 p.m. Free. 213.617.4929, ext. 206. downtownartwalk.org

 

la-tours-hornblowerHornblower Cruises & Events
Dine, dance and take in harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256. hornblower.com

 

 

Long Beach Transit
Regular bus service in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill. AquaLink water taxi ferries passengers to destinations from Long Beach to Alamitos Bay Landing. 562.591.2301, lbtransit.com

Los Angeles Conservancy
Skilled volunteer docents lead more than a dozen architecture-focused walking tours, including the Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District, Union Station and Angelino Heights. Summer tours include Modern By Moonlight and City Hall. 213.623.2489. laconservancy.org

 

MetrolinkMETRO
City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach; underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to East L.A. and through Pasadena to Azusa; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown. 323.466.3876.  metro.net

METROLINK
Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. 800.371.5465. metrolinktrains.com

Movie Locations Tour-L.A.
See more than 50 movie locations while viewing clips from films shot around L.A. Bus features stadium seating, 65-inch HDTV and panoramic windows. $45-$60. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131, movielocationstour.com Map H13

Perry’s Beach Club
Rent bikes or skates for the boardwalk. Legends Bike Tour ($30) explores Venice and its hidden canals; guided tour includes architecture and celebrity lore. Eight rental locations along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice. 310.939.0000

Red Line Walking Tours
Insider look at land-marks new and old, as well as film studios in Hollywood and downtown. $15–$24.95. 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 304 S. Broadway, downtown, 323.402.1074 Map H13, I16

Santa Monica Conservancy Downtown Walking Tours
Conservancy-guided tours on Saturdays. Tour leaves from 1436 2nd Street. Booklets for self-guided tours at 1920 Main St., Santa Monica. $10. 310.496.3146 Map M8

Santa Monica Walking Tours
Daily guided tours of downtown Santa Monica; tours focused on popular spots such as Main Street, Montana Avenue and Palisades Park also offered. $20–$25. 310.595.4526, santamonicawalkingtours.com

 

starlineStarline Tours
Celebrity-tour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tour plus tours to beaches, theme parks, San Diego and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour makes more than 70 stops around L.A. Prices vary. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131. starlinetours.com

 

tmz-tourTMZ Celebrity Tour, Hollywood
Two-hour bus tour highlights celebrity hot spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and on the Sunset Strip, brought to life with videos from TMZ’s on-air stories and the occasional star sighting. See website for pickup locations, hours and prices. 844.TMZ.TOUR (869.8687). tmz.com/tour

 

Urban Shopping Adventures
Group tours of Melrose Heights, downtown Fashion District. Transportation, shopping tips, maps, goody bags. $36–$54. 213.683.9715 Map I1