Both airports are served by shuttles, including SuperShuttle, (www.shuttlefinder.net). On arrival, you can find a shuttle stand at each terminal, and there are flat fees to different areas. A shared shuttle from LAX to Hollywood is $26 per person. Taxis are expensive. They start at $2.85, charge $2.70 per mile, and 30 cents for each 37 seconds of traffic stops—plus they add a $2.50 airport fee. Taxi stands dispense cabs in order, so you have no choice as to which taxi company you will use. Another option is a town car service, like All Airport Sedan Service (877-609-0609; www.allairportsedan.com). The convenient LAX FlyAway buses cost $7 to or from downtown Union Station and Van Nuys, $5 from Westwood (www.lawa.org/flyaway). All the major car rental companies have centers near LAX and provide free pickup from all the terminals.
Los Angeles is served by Greyhound, and the main terminal is downtown at 1716 E. 7th St. There are suburban terminals as well, in Glendale, for instance. (800-229-9424, http://www.greyhound.com.) Buses travel between Los Angeles and just about anywhere in the country, albeit with long rides and lots of connections.
Los Angeles transportation is improving, but it’s still a city of automobiles. It’s sad to say that a rental car is still the best option for getting around LA, but there is a bus system, a light rail system and a limited subway system. The Metropolitan Transit Authority runs all three systems, and you can plan your route by going on http://www.metro.net, or hang on a long time for an operator at 800-266-6883. As of July 1, 2010, basic bus fare is $1.50 and an all-day pass is $5.00. A transfer to one of the separate Municipal lines is 30 cents (they include Santa Monica and the Big Blue Bus that goes to the beach). DASH shuttle buses running through downtown, Hollywood and other areas cost only 25 cents one-way. The Red Line and Purple Line are subways running from Union Station to Western and Wilshire or to North Hollywood. Light rail lines run from Union Station to Long Beach (Blue Line) and Pasadena (Gold Line). All three systems are clean and very safe, and run from 5AM to midnight seven days a week, but the daily schedules change on weekends.
Until recently the only way to get a taxi in Los Angeles was to call one, but a “Hail a Taxi” experiment in downtown has been so successful that it may soon be possible to hail taxis all over town. Cabs are expensive; fares start at $2.85 and add $2.70 per mile, plus 30 cents each 37 seconds of traffic stops. But if you’re spending a night at the clubs, that’s still less than being arrested for drinking and driving. There are many taxi companies, including Yellow Cab, Beverly Hills Cab and Independent Taxi.