Los Angeles Public Transit Options
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LA is home to one of the country’s best public transportation networks, including subways, light-rail, buses and shuttles to just about every corner of the Greater Los Angeles area.
Metro Rail System
Six fast, easy-to-use and environmentally friendly color-coded subway, light-rail and rapid bus transit lines offer visitors an affordable way of getting from one destination to the next.
- The Metro Blue Line (light rail) runs north and south between Long Beach and LA.
- The Metro Green Line (light rail) runs east and west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach.
- The Metro Red Line (subway) meets the Blue Line in LA and provides service through Downtown, the Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, where it meets the Metro Orange Line (rapid bus transit), which runs from North Hollywood to the Warner Center in Woodland Hills.
- The Metro Purple Line (subway) runs between Union Station, Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.
- The Metro Gold Line (light rail) connects with the Red Line at Union Station and runs to Pasadena.
Metro Bus System
Three types of bus service are available throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. With 200 different lines, buses travel all over the city to every major destination including state parks, area attractions and shopping districts.
- Metro Local (painted orange) makes frequent stops along major streets throughout the city.
- Metro Rapid (painted red) offers fewer stops and expedited travel times on the city’s major streets, with the use of special transponders that cause traffic signals to favor the bus.
- Metro Express (painted blue) offers reduced stop service along the city’s freeway systems.
The City of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT) currently operates the second largest fleet in Los Angeles County. LADOT’s transit fleet serves approximately 30 million passenger boardings per year.
Six quick bus routes through Downtown depart every five to 10 minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays, and every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Route A – Little Tokyo to City West
- Route B – Chinatown to Financial District
- Route C – Financial District to South Park
- Route D – Union Station to South Park
- Route E – City West to Fashion District
- Route F – Financial District to Exposition Park/USC
DASH also Serves:
- Beachwood Canyon
- Boyle Heights/East LA
- Chesterfield Square
- Downtown Los Angeles
- El Sereno/City Terrace
- Highland Park/Eagle Rock
- Hollywood/West Hollywood
- Lincoln Heights/Chinatown
- Los Feliz
- Panorama City/Van Nuys
- Pico Union/Echo Park
- San Pedro
- Southeast Los Angeles
- Van Nuys/Studio City
- Warner Center
- Wilshire Center/Koreatown
LADOT offers stress-free, reliable bus service to Downtown Los Angeles in the morning and back in the afternoon from communities reaching from the beach cities to the San Fernando Valley.
For more information, visit www.ladottransit.com/dash.
A fast, affordable ride ($7 each way) between Downtown and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), or between the Van Nuys Flyaway Terminal adjacent to the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) and LAX. Tickets can be purchased from the Union Station FlyAway kiosk in the Patsaouras Transit Plaza or at the Van Nuys FlyAway Terminal with a debit or credit card (only Visa, MasterCard or American Express accepted for ticket or monthly pass purchase at Van Nuys FlyAway. Cash not accepted). Routes between LAX and Westwood are $5 one-way, passengers pay on the bus — exact change required.
For more information and schedules, visit www.lawa.org/flyaway.