Although most people in LA choose to travel by car, there is an extensive, well-established public transport network in the city. As well as a bus service, there is a train line, Metro Rail, which includes a pair of subways lines and light railway lines too. A Metro TAP card covers trips on the bus and train and can be purchased, and topped up, at vending machines within Metro stations.
Public transport in LA is cheap with a single fare costing just $1.75. Although buses cover a wide area in and around the city, the subway train is much quicker.
Taxis are best booked ahead. Fares start at $2.85 with a charge of $2.70 per mile added as the journey proceeds. This is a fixed rate no matter which taxi firm you decide to go with. Other services like Uber and Lyft are also prevalent in the city.
Despite the threat of traffic, driving is the best way to get around LA. Road signs are fairly easy to navigate and, with the city being do widely spread out, driving is the most convenient option. Freeways, large, multi-lain highways, can appear daunting at first, but once you master them you’ll find them a pleasure to drive on – as long as you avoid rush hour that is.
Some areas, including Downtown and Sunset Boulevard, are great for walkers but many cater far more for drivers. It can be hard to avoid the relentless flow of traffic in LA’s more cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.
Cyclists and skate boarders should try to stick to the paved, beach front tracks that run from Santa Monica to Hermosa Beach. However, pop the bike in the car and head to the mountains if you want enjoy some of California’s famous scenic trails, just a stone’s throw from the city.