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How to get around without a car?

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How to get around without a car?

Staying in LA with my gf for a week in January but we can't rent a car since we're still 20. How will we get around?

First day plan to see Hollywood and Universal Studios. Next day probably The Getty Center, Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory. Maybe go California Adventure Park.

Heard the public transport is horrible in LA and you need a car. But we can't...what to do?!

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1. Re: How to get around without a car?

Public transit in LA is fine - its generally less ideal than having a car since it can take longer, but you can still get where you want to go in most cases.

I suggest a) go to a web site that has a public transit trip planner for LA - either www.metro.net which is the main public transit agency, or maps.google.com and b) stay somewhere that has good public transit access - the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. in Hollywood is a good choice for this, as its got excellent bus/subway service and there are many hotels in that area that span a wide range of prices.

If you do stay in Hollywood as above, then:

a) Hollywood and the famous sights are right there

b) Universal Studios is one stop away on the subway

c) Getty Center would be two bus rides plus some walking

d) Griffith Observatory is one subway ride plus one bus ride - however note that the only bus that goes there runs only on Saturdays and Sundays. Any other day you'll need to take a taxi there. And the observatory is closed on Mondays.

e) Griffith Observatory is inside of Griffith Park, but if you want to see other parts of the park, which is huge, it would depend on what else you wanted to see but other things in the park include the LA Zoo and the Autry National Center museum.

f) there's a couple of ways to Disney from Hollywood. One is to just go with a tour bus company directly from Hollywood (www.starlinetours.com) - the others involve 2-3 bus/train rides. Disney is a good distance away so going on public transit can take 90 minutes or more each way.

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2. Re: How to get around without a car?

Actually, you can rent a car. There's a new company (well newish anyway) that caters to your age group.

Its called ZipCar. You can get the car for a hour, day or a couple of days.

Go here: www.zipcar.com Look for the Los Angeles region. You'll find a lot of places where you can pick up a car.

Essentially, the cars are near colleges/universities. The cost is not cheap, but its a great alternative to paying the surcharge to rental car companies for being under 25.

Best part, is when you don't need it, you park it and stop paying for it.

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3. Re: How to get around without a car?

Slightly worried about renting a car since I've been use to driving on the left. Will it be dangerous adapting to driving on the right? I've had less than 1 year of solo driving experience.

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4. Re: How to get around without a car?

Lots of overseas visitors come and enjoy themselves without using a rental car. Here is a recent trip report:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g32655-i61-k687472…

MachThree gave you the two links you need for transit. On your part, you will need to have your days planned pretty well.

It's best if you stay near a metro line, like Hollywood. From there, you can also avail yourselves to the Hop on Hop off buses that can get you to Santa Monica and downtown LA, for example (not the same bus line, though. Look at their website).

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5. Re: How to get around without a car?

@ Tim - if you are unsure about your driving skills, by all means, avoid a car.

Los Angeles is not the place to gain experience. :)

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