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As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

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As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

Hi we are staying 6 days in Buena Park (from the UK) at the end of September. Our hotel has shuttle buses to Disney but my daughter and I would like to visit Universal Studios. Is there any way to get there either by public transport? taxi or tour? As I do not drive. Also any helpful tips would be welcome as this will be our first time in this area. Thank you

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1. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

Uber or Lyft will charge about $40 to $50 each way; taxis will charge more.

Making the journey via public transport is possible but time-consuming; ask Google Maps for directions, then ask for directions via train (it can do that). You have to find some way to get to the closest Metrolink station (perhaps via OCTA) then transfer to Metro Rail in LA. OCTA, Metrolink and Metro are totally different public transportation agencies with separate fare structures.

Edited: 13 September 2016, 14:59
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2. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

There are tours that leave from Anaheim:

https:/…anaheim-tour-A6.asp

www.graylineanaheim.com/departureareas.cfm

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3. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

We don't tend to recommend visitors spend all their time in Anaheim, so the best way is to book a couple of nights in LA. For those arriving at LAX, you're already in LA, so can spend a couple of nights, getting to lodging via Flyaway bus from LAX. Transfer to Anaheim afterwards, via rideshare or mass transit. There are shuttles from Anaheim back to LAX.

For a day, bite the bullet and use rideshares (Uber/Lyft). Tip: If you are a first-timer, load the app right before you need an expensive ride, they tend to offer a discount for first time riders, and that ride to and from LA might be a good place for that discount.

Starline has a tour from Anaheim that might work for you:

https:/…

Otherwise, mass transit entails getting to the Fullerton station, using Amtrak or MetroLink train to Union Station, transfer to the Metro red line to Universal, where a tram will take you "up the hill" to the park. In between Union Stataion and Universal is the Hollywood and Highland stop, with the walk of fame, hand/footprints, etc. It's easy to combine Universal, Walk of fame, and perhaps even a trip to Griffith Observatory (on weekends, there's a shuttle, otherwise cab up, walk down).

https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer…

https://www.metro.net/

Edited: 13 September 2016, 15:59
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4. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

WOW.... First off "Some folks" don't recommend staying in Orange County for their entire stay, but MANY folks do it all the time and report they had great visits.

Second, Buena Park does have a Train Station, it has the Metrolink Trains that go to Union Station.

metrolinktrains.com/stations/…84.html

The OCTA Route 29 bus goes to the station on a frequent basis.

And if you buy your ticket in advance, the Metrolink Train ticket works on all the transit, the OCTA bus, the train and then the LA Metro Red Line Subway. If you don't want to buy in advance, then just pay a single fare on the OCTA bus, and then you can use the Metrolink Train ticket for the rest of the journey.

And you will want to spend the entire day at Universal, as it has become for some a 2 day park, but on slower day, you might get most of the rides and shows done in a full day at the park. I would pick a weekday, as you will have more train options, and slower crowds at the park.

Have a great trip.

Edited: 13 September 2016, 16:14
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5. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

Thank you for all your help. It is much appreciated.

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6. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

If you MUST spend all your time in the OC burbs, use a rideshare to get to and from Universal. Tip: download the app just before you need to do that drive (Lyft or Uber), you should get a decent discount for a first time user, and that would be a decent discount for the ride to and from Burbank. Try to avoid rush hours, it'll cost you more to rideshare during those periods: 7-9 and 4-7.

A base near DL for the entire trip is a bad choice for those without a car.

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7. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

Amazing that so many folks base themselves in the Disneyland/Anaheim area and opt not to rent a car, especially from those from places like Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, etc.

You have both the OCTA and LA Metro buses that serve the area, multiple train stations, such as Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Oceanside that serve the area. The ART Shuttle system (and its passes work on the OCTA buses)

Then you have Gray Line Southern California and Starline Tours, both with bases in Anaheim.

Add to that the private shuttles run by places like Citadel Outlets and South Coast Plaza that service all the folks that do opt to stay in the area without a vehicle.

But taking the Metrolink Train is easy, and I would take it to Universal. In fact, I have done the trip multiple times (Train to the Red Line Subway to the free Universal Tram).

There is so much to see and do near Disneyland besides just Theme Parks, it is one of the top Tourist cities in the world for a reason.

www.visittheoc.com

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8. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

Your putting yourself about 7 miles away from Disneyland. My question is why are you staying in Buena Park for 6 days. Its over 7 miles away from Disneyland. If you are visiting Disneyland, you would want to be closer especially for multiple days. Their are lots of inexpensive places to stay near Disneyland. Positioning yourself in Buena Park to visit Disneyland is not necessary.

We can help you with finding somewhere to stay in Anaheim near Disneyland if you want to post in that forum. Be sure to include dates and a budget per night.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g29092…

I would also just be taking something like Uber from Anaheim for Universal Studios so you can be on your own timetable and be their early in the morning hours when crowds are at their least.

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9. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

Buena Park is not a bad place to stay at, there are plenty of things to do in the city.

http://www.visitbuenapark.com/

And if you take the Metrolink Train on a weekday, you can get to Universal prior to park opening easily with multiple choices of trains.

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10. Re: As a non driver how could we get to Universal studios from B

No one said lots of places including Buena Park are "bad" to stay at, but it is Inconvenient if you are visiting Disneyland, yes.