Getting around in Los Angeles

Moving to a new city means you have to learn the ins and outs of the public transportation system, the secrets to avoiding rush-hour traffic and all of the other information you might need to know to successful get from point A to point B. As you settle into one of the homes for sale in Los Angeles, you will eventually understand the various facets of traveling throughout the city, but here is a basic guide to your various transportation options and some helpful tips you might want to know before moving.

The bus

Skip the crowded highways and take a more cost effective form of transportation to work by riding the bus. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, also called the Metro, runs over 200 bus lines in the city. The bus fare is very cost effective at only $1.50 per regular ticket. Fares are even cheaper if your commute or destination requires you to take a bus on a freeway route. You can also purchase a 7-day pass for $20 or a 30-day pass for $75. These passes are sold in advance at Metro Customer Centers, which have hundreds of locations around the LA area. The buses are generally very clean and a great option for getting around town.

The rail

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority also includes several rail lines. These include lines that have transportation between Long Beach and LA, between Downtown and San Fernando, between Norwalk and Redondo Beach and more. You purchase single tickets on board or passes for the rail lines at the Metro Customer Centers and buy or add value to a reusable TAP card from TAP vending machines at the Metro Orange Line or Metro Rail stations. Check out the organization's website to map out your route and find out more information about taking public transportation in LA.

Driving tips

If taking public transportation isn't your thing, you can always zip around Los Angeles in your automobile. However, it's nearly impossible to avoid traffic in and around the city no matter when or where you drive - it's just one of those things residents have learned to expect.

As far as avoiding certain roads, if you live or need to travel near the coastal communities, avoid driving on the Pacific Coast Highway (the PCH) if you can. Take back roads when possible and the San Diego Freeway (the 405) instead. The Hollywood Freeway/Ventura Freeway (the 101) is another highway you will likely encounter as it runs from downtown LA into the San Fernando Valley. While all of these roads are often congested, you can avoid a headache and frustration by traveling very early in the morning and always giving yourself plenty of time to wait in traffic.