Go Metro and Go Everywhere in L.A.

Metro E Line (Expo) train
Metro E Line (Expo) | Photo: Metro

Studies have refuted the common perception that L.A. is a car-centric culture: In 2011, The Brookings Institution ranked Los Angeles at the top of its list of 100 metro areas offering public transportation to its carless residents. By riding Metro, locals and visitors alike can enjoy world-famous attractions and cultural gems throughout Los Angeles, which is why we invite everyone to skip the car and Go Metro!

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The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood
The World-Famous Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Hollywood Bowl fireworks
Photo: Hollywood Bowl

Metro B Line (Red)

Your journey by rail begins with the Metro B Line (Red) and the galleries of the NoHo Arts District, which can be found at the North Hollywood Metro station stop. Next, world-famous Universal Studios Hollywood and the shopping, dining and entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk Hollywood await visitors at the Universal City station. The Hollywood/Highland station drops you off in the heart of Tinseltown, where the Hollywood Bowl, TCL Chinese Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, the Walk of Fame and many more attractions are all within walking distance. Movie fans around the world know the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center as the home of the Oscars. The station named after the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine takes you to the Pantages Theatre and the incredible Amoeba Music store, while the Hollywood/Western station delivers the dining adventures of Thai Town. A daily DASH bus runs from the Vermont/Sunset station and takes you directly to the wonders of the Griffith Observatory.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures viewed from Fairfax Avenue
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Photo by Joshua White, JWPictures/©Academy Museum Foundation
Grand Central Market in Downtown LA
Grand Central Market in Downtown LA  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Metro D Line (Purple)

From the B Line’s Wilshire/Vermont station, you can transfer to the Metro D Line (Purple), where the Wilshire/Western stop offers the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (via Metro Local 20); The Wiltern and Koreatown among its diverse options. The 7th St./Metro station is your transfer point to the A Line (see below). Located above its namesake station, Pershing Square is a popular spot for seasonal events, or you can get a bite at the historic Grand Central Market. The Music Center (including Walt Disney Concert HallAhmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), The Broad and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) are among the cultural destinations near the Civic Center station. The D Line ends at the landmark Union Station, where travelers can continue across the country to points north, south and east. Not far from Union Station is El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, site of the birthplace of what is now the city of Los Angeles. In addition to the monument’s museums and exhibits, bustling Olvera Street is popular for its array of merchants and Mexican dining spots.

Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown's Central Plaza
Bruce Lee statue in Chinatown's Central Plaza | Photo: @yagoddamnright, Instagram
Dover Street Market
Photo: Dover Street Market

Metro L Line (Gold)

Union Station is the starting point for more art and cultural experiences via the L Line (Gold). To the north, the Norton Simon MuseumPacific Asia Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art are among the highlights of the Memorial Park Station area. On the southern leg of the L Line, there’s much more than great food to enjoy when you exit the train in Chinatown, which in recent years has become a hotbed of underground art galleries. The Japanese American National Museum and Dover Street Market are part of the Little Tokyo/Arts District itinerary. (NOTE: Due to construction, free bus shuttles will run between Union Station and Pico/Aliso Station in both directions.). Continue east to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, where mariachi musicians have gathered since the 1930s, ready to be hired to play in restaurants, at private parties or community events. 

View of Lake Park at SoFi Stadium
Photo: SoFi Stadium
Watts Towers in South Los Angeles
Watts Towers  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Metro A Line (Blue) & C Line (Green)

Back at the 7th St/Metro station, take the Metro A Line (Blue) to the Pico station and you’ll find yourself at the massive L.A. LIVE entertainment complex, where you can experience world-class music concerts and sporting events at Crypto.com Arena and Microsoft Theater, visit the nearby Los Angeles Convention Center, or choose from a plethora of fine dining and casual eating options. Heading south out of Downtown, you can visit the landmark Watts Towers from the 103rd St. station, while the Transit Mall stop near the end of the Blue Line can offer you attractions like the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific.

From the Imperial/Wilmington station, transfer to the C Line (Green), where a free airport connection shuttle at the Aviation/LAX stop will take passengers to Los Angeles International Airport. On game day, take the free shuttle to SoFi Stadium from Hawthorne/Lennox.

Space Shuttle "Endeavour" at the California Science Center
Space Shuttle "Endeavour"  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Santa Monica Pier at night
Santa Monica Pier

Metro E Line (Expo)

The 7th St/Metro Center station also services the newest addition to the system, the 15-mile Metro E Line (Expo). The line brings light rail to the Exposition Corridor, with 19 stations serving popular destinations like the world-class cultural attractions at Exposition Park, USC, the Mid-City Communities, the Crenshaw District, Culver City and West Los Angeles. Travel from Downtown L.A. to Santa Monica in only 45 minutes, and end your journey with a short walk to the Santa Monica Pier.

The Metro Rail is part of a much bigger public transportation system that services the Greater L.A. area. Nearly 200 different Local, Rapid, Express and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) bus lines travel to every neighborhood and major destination, including state parks, area attractions and shopping districts. DASH Downtown provides almost 7 million passenger trips per year to the Downtown and nearby areas. And airline travelers can take the LAX FlyAway Bus from Downtown, West L.A., the San Fernando Valley and Orange County.