My sister and I are travelling to LA in the fall for a 5 day trip and we are planning on relying on public transit and the hop on hop off tour to get us to the various tourist sites. We are trying to keep our costs down, which is why we are not renting a car (due to rental fees + gas + parking). We will be staying in the Hollywood & Highland area, so we're pretty central to a lot of the tourist spots, however we do plan on going to Burbank for the Warner Brothers tour, and we want to go to Santa Monica and Venice Beach as well.
I have a few questions surrounding public transit in LA:
1) Is it safe for us to rely on public transit? We don't plan on being out late in the evening. We've both been all over Europe on public transit, and my sister recently went to NYC and relied on their public transit during her trip, so we're used to taking public transit while on vacation. Will it be safe for us to take public transit to the beaches listed above and to Burbank?
2) Are we able to get from the airport to Hollywood & Highland on public transit? We're arriving in LA during mid-morning and will be departing LA in the evening. Also, do you know how early we have to be at LAX to fly back to Toronto, Canada? Is it 2 hours?
3) Is it possible to get to Santa Monica and Venice Beach on public transit? We were thinking of taking the Hop On Hop Off bus to the beaches but are worried it might take too long to get there and back that we won't have any time to spend at the beach.
Thanks in advance for any and all help!