LA has one of the country’s best public transportation networks. Subways, light-rail, buses and shuttles transport millions of people to just about every corner of the Greater Los Angeles area. The city has eight metro lines. There are also about 200 different bus lines. Detailed information about metro and bus schedules, maps, etc. could be found on the website of Metro Bus System.
There is also another bus company – City of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT), which operates with more than 50 bus lines (DASH buses).
Railway and trains
The main railway station in Los Angeles is the Union Station (LAUS). Amtrak provides train and bus connection to the other states, San Francisco Bay region and San Diego. Metrolink and Metro Rail trains transport people in Los Angeles County, mainly by commuter rails.
There are franchise taxi operators in the City of Los Angeles: United Independent Taxi, Independent Taxi, United Taxi of San Fernando Valley, Yellow Cab, Bell Cab, Beverly Hills Cab Company, L.A. Checker Cab, City Cab and United Checker Cab. While vehicle model, color, and decals may vary greatly, all officially licensed taxis must provide the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal. Pay attention for “bandit taxis” or taxis without proper registration or even licensed drivers. They can be dangerous in some cases. You can find more information about L.A. taxis here.
This is a useful taxi fare calculator for L.A. destinations.
Transport from/to the airport to Los Angeles
Los Angeles has 3 international airports: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and John Wayne Airport (SNA). There are also another airports for local and charter flights – Bob Hope Airport (BUR), Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY).
* Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Flyaway buses provide connection between Downtown and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), or between the Van Nuys Flyaway Terminal adjacent to the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and LAX. Frequent and free shuttle service assists travelers in getting from one terminal to another or transports them to LAX Parking Lot C or to the Metro Rail Green Line Station. Many hotels in the airport area and privately operated parking lots provide transportation from LAX terminals. The Roadrunner Shuttle van company provides service from LAX to areas north of Los Angeles County. Two companies – Prime Time Shuttle and Super Shuttle provide shared vans, which operate in all Southern California counties. The Metro Green Line, scheduled buses, rental cars and taxis also travels millions of people from LAX airport to the city of Los Angeles and its region.
* LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)
There is shuttle service on LA/Ontario International Airport between the passenger terminals, Parking Lot 5 and the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC). About 25 hotels provide courtesy transportation to and from the airport. About 15 companies operate with bus and rail transport to and from the airport.
* John Wayne Airport (SNA)
The nearest train stations are located all approximately 10 miles from the airport, in Irvine, Santa Ana and Tustin. Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) buses, Routes 76 and 212, and the iShuttle, Route A and Disneyland® Resort Express service John Wayne Airport. Limousines and shuttle vans and buses are also available on the airport.
This is a list of the parking lots operated by the biggest company in the city – Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Some important information about conditions and terms of parking in L.A. can be found in the official site of Los Angeles Parking Violations Bureau.
There are ferries to the Santa Catalina Island (Avalon town), mainly used for day excursions and to move supplies. You can find more information about these ferries of Catalina Express.
Sailboat and yacht rental
The main harbor in L.A. is The Port of Los Angeles. There are 16 marinas in it and many of them provide sailboat and yacht rental services.