Public Transportation is available but not too useful here. There are buses running every directions of the cities. However, if you don't drive, you will not be able to go anywhere on time! Bus service is good. The driver is usually friendly and helpful. But I have seen angry passengers attacking the driver! Well, it is LA, and things like that happens. Avoid riding the bus at the back or at night. Try to stay closer to the driver.
When people are drivng for such long hours, they tend to have the road rage easily. There are so many cases of car chasing scene. Sometimes the driver just can't stop! They will continue driving until there are no more gas.
Los Angeles is such a big city that everyone needs a car. Buses run on a different schedule during weekends and holidays. Be very cautious! Carpools is a good solution to be traffic jam problems on the freeways. Some companies applies the flexible working hours plan for their employees to beat the traffic.
Get a car or your life will become very miserable!
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LA is a huge city and therefore visitors need to get around. Both the Sub-way and bus system known as the Metro is an excellent way to travel around the major parts of LA. I stayed in Hollywood and paid $11 (around £8) for a week long pass that ran from Sunday to Saturday and allowed unlimited travel on the Sub-way and buses all week. The cost to travel on the system is normally $1.35 for a single journey and so the pass is excellent value. The buses and trains of the metro are frequent, clean and appear very safe, even at night. Because of the size of the city you can expect to change from train to bus or even take two buses to get to certain places but when you are traveling around 30 miles to get to certain places you can't expect to get direct routes on streets that only run in straight lines. Renting a car in LA may be a good idea with the cheap petrol rates but the parking raes are ridiculous. At a minimum you pay around $6 to park in one place and this can rise to around $15, so if you travel to a few places in a day the cost can mount up.
Public transportation in Los Angeles is virtually non-existent. Therefore renting a car is necessary for any sort of travel in this busy and fast moving city. Taxis are very expensive and LA is a big city. While it’s true that you can get almost anywhere in LA in 20 minutes, that fact is greatly dependent on traffic, which often clogs up the motorways (called freeways). The main times to expect traffic is 7am- 10am and 5pm- 7:30pm. This is rush hour during the weekdays, but don’t be surprised to find traffic during the weekends, especially Sunday afternoons. The large number of freeways can lead drivers in any direction they chose to go. The streets are mapped out in a very user-friendly way. The streets are straight lines that usually intersect with other straight lines. Any simple road map will lead the unfamiliar traveller wherever they desire to go. Tourist attractions are indicated on most road maps of the city and are easy to find. Unlike Europe, there are no trains to or from the main airport, LAX. Public transportation efforts have increased in recent years, with the construction of a Los Angeles underground train system, but the routes are limited and restrictive. It basically travels between western San Fernando Valley and Universal City. Buses are dirty, inconvenient and little used. Be sure to have correct change for bus fare because change is not given. The bottom line is to rent a car because it is the fastest, most convenient, and most widely used form of transportation in LA And have patience with the traffic.