Getting around Los Angeles Is not as hard as it may seem. All you need is a little planning. First make a list of the places you want to see and make a note of their location. To save time and money it is best to group places together.
If arriving by train you will arrive at Los Angeles Union Station, a beautiful building located in the heart of Downtown. Since it opened in 1939 it has become a major transportation hub in Southern California. Amtrak and metro link share 12 of the 14 rail lines, with metro rail using the other two lines on the lower level. On the street level there are city and private buses, including the LAX flyaway bus, which is the best direct shuttle service to LAX. Also on the surface level is a Los Angeles Cab stand. Places of interest in and near Downtown Los Angeles are Chinatown, Olvera Street, Staples Center, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Another major transportation hub in Downtown is Pershing Square. Below deck are the Metro Blue line to Long Beach, and The Red Line into Hollywood. On the street are several different bus lines and Los Angeles cabs. It is important to note that some bus lines will change routes at the end of the line. Always be mindful of your final destination.
Ask the driver about any route changes and transfers.
When arriving at Los Angeles International Airport do not be intimidated by its size. Outside of each terminal are parking shuttles, city buses, taxis, and the LAX fly away bus. Nearby destinations include Santa Monica, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. After a few minutes in a cab you can pretend to be Julia Roberts walking down Rodeo Drive. Or you can head over to Santa Monica and bicycle along Pacific Coast Highway; North to Malibu or South to Venice Beach.
For your final destination you should rent a car and take the scenic route from Malibu to Hollywood. Start at PCH and take Sunset Blvd through Westwood and Beverly Hills, then along the Sunset Strip. When arriving in Hollywood it is best to park on Highland near the Max Factor Building. Highland is centrally located near Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussaude’s, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, and Musso and Frank’s.
Greyhound has discontinued service to and from Hollywood. For those who are leaving by bus, take the Red Line to Union Station, and take a cab to the Greyhound Station. Greyhound is located on 7th street between Alameda and Mateo streets.