We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

Which Los Angeles hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Milwaukie, OR
1 post
1 review
Save Topic
Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

We are planning a road trip in early October along the state of California. We will be traveling from Point Mugu State Park to Joshua Tree National Park. I originally wanted to drive along the coast on the PCH on a Monday morning, cut up over at Santa Monica Blvd and then shoot out of the city. From what I have read, it sounds like that may be a bit much to try to pack in. Any advice on travel times to make that work without getting stuck in horrendous traffic or is that something to be expected when traveling through LA at any time? Advice much appreciated.

Rancho Santa...
Level Contributor
7,087 posts
8 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

Wait for morning traffic to die down. Say after 9 a.m. Take the 10 downtown. As you get across the south side of downtown, take the 60 east. A case can be made to take the 10 all the way depending on traffic. Eventually the 60 and 10 merge Far East near Beaumont.

Use sigalert.com to monitor traffic patterns real-time. Alter your route according to conditions.

HTH

Santa Monica...
Destination Expert
for Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Mammoth Lakes
Level Contributor
27,465 posts
33 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

You won't have much traffic traveling south on Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Monica, where the 10 begins.

Pasadena, California
Destination Expert
for Pasadena
Level Contributor
5,890 posts
43 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

There is usually just a brief window to avoid bad traffic. Santa Monica to downtown LA backs up by 2 pm. And the 10 east (or 60, or 210, east) also back up by then. So really, get on the road after morning rush hour, and drive right thru the whole metro area.

4. Re: Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 24 July 2015, 05:16