Tours + Transportation

AMTRAK
Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations. Nationwide connections, multiple-day rail passes. Stations in Burbank, downtown (Union Station), Long Beach, Pasadena and Van Nuys. The Coast Starlight connects L.A. to Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com

Another Side of Los Angeles ToursAnother Side of Los Angeles Tour
A wide variety of focused tours, organized by interest—whale watching, shopping, celebrity homes—or mode of transportation (kayak, Segway, horseback, helicopter). 1102 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 800.311.8987.  anothersideoflosangelestours.com

 

Beverly Hills Rent-A-CarBeverly Hills Rent-A-Car
Luxury and exotic rentals with pickup service. Hollywood, 323.822.0969; Beverly Hills, 310.274.6969; LAX, 310.670.2020; Marina del Rey, 310.862.1900

 

 

Beverly Hills Trolley Tour
Forty-minute tour of landmarks, attractions; departs from Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. Call for schedule. $5–$10. 310.285.2438 Map J11

Big Blue Bus
Santa Monica city bus line covers the Westside. Well-kept environmentally friendly buses burn cleaner gas. 75¢–$1.75. 310.451.5444, bigbluebus.com

Bike & Sail Adventure
Biking and/or sailing tours in customizable or preset itineraries. Exclusive Bike & Hike Sail Adventure includes all three activities. Half-or full-day bike rentals. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555 Map I12

Black & White Car Rental
Specializes in hybrid, luxury, exotic cars; chauffer services. 8800 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.274.1144 Map I12

Budge Rent A CarBudget Rent-A-Car
Cars for rent—mostly luxury vehicles including Porsches and Hummers—at competitive prices. 9815 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.9174; 1723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.9719 Map J11, L8 budget.com

 

California Yellow Cab
Transportation in sedans, town cars, minivans to/from airports, restaurants, nightlife, attractions, shopping destinations. 877.935.5692

City PassCITYPASS Hollywood
CityPass offers discounted admission to Starline Movie Stars Homes Tour, Behind-the-Scenes Hollywood walking tour with Red Line Tours, Hollywood Wax Museum and either the Dolby Theatre tour or Hollywood Museum access. $59, ages 3–11 $39, under 3 free. Purchase pass at attractions. Southern California CityPass ($259) includes admission to theme parks from L.A. to San Diego. 888.330.5008. www.citypass.com

 

Crystal LimousinesCrystal Limousines & Tour
Full service chauffeured car and limousine company offers luxury ground transportation and limousine specials for any Southern California transportation needs. Conveniently located in Orange County near the Santa Ana John Wayne Airport (SNA), Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland. Guests are safely transported to any popular location in Orange County, Los Angeles or San Diego County. 888.722.2202. www.crystaltrans.com

Downtown Artwalk
Pedestrians fill the streets of downtown for this self-guided gallery tour. Art Walk Shuttle available from 6–10 p.m. Second Thursday of every month, noon–9 p.m. Free. 213.624.6212, downtownartwalk.com

elite-adventureElite Adventure Tours
Unique, upscale tours, including helicopter and wine tours, with first class service. Includes pick-up and drop off at hotel or airport. Reservations Required. 888.328.6871, eliteadventuretours.com

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Car rental service. 1944 S. Figueroa Blvd., downtown; 1234 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; 8367 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 265 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. 866.458.9227, enterprise.com Map J15, J13, H12, J12

execucarExecucar
Premier luxury sedan service. Sedan and SUV service, flat rates, special group services, and frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.410.4444, execucar.com

 

Hollywood Skies
Helicopter tours of downtown, the coastline, canyons and other areas of interest. Level Four tours include Santa Barbara or a Malibu vineyard dinner. $198–$1,475 per person. 888.497.8687, hollywoodskies.com

Hornblower Cruises
Dinner-dance and weekend brunch cruises. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 866.548.9563 Map O9

L.A. Art Gallery Tours
Tours of local art-gallery destinations. Choose a geographical area of focus from Culver City/Mid-Wilshire, Chinatown/downtown or Santa Monica/Venice. Tu–F 10 am–2:30 pm, Sa 10 am–6 pm. $40–$50 per person; varies by group size. 310.650.9384

Long Beach Adventure Tours
Stand-up paddle-boarding lessons and tours are offered in addition to surfing, kayaking and kiteboarding lessons. Booking at least 24 hours in advance is requested. 949.274.1772 or 949.701.3881, longbeachadventuretours.com

Long Beach Transit
Regular bus service in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill. AquaLink water taxi ferries passengers to destinations from Long Beach to Alamitos Bay Landing. 562.591.2301, lbtransit.com

Los Angeles Conservancy
Self-walking tours with a focus on architecture. More than a dozen fascinating tours focus variously on Broadway’s historic theater district, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel , Los Angeles City Hall and downtown’s central business district. Call for specialty tours. 213.623.2489, laconservancy.org

Los Angeles Helicopters
Helicopter “flightseeing tours” of the coast, Bel Air, Hollywood, downtown and more; excursions to Temecula Wine Country, Catalina Island. Heliports in Long Beach, San Pedro, Hawthorne. 562.377.0396, lahelicopters.com

Malibu Discovery Tours
Themed tours in and around Malibu include the six-hour Malibu Wine Trail Tour with wine tastings, Sunrise Hiking Tour, Malibu Whale Watching & Celebrity Homes Boat Tour and Malibu Celebrity Lifestyle Tour. 310.393.6555. malibudiscovery.com

Malibu Riders
Horseback rides in Malibu. Zuma Canyon has ocean views, Paramount Ranch and Malibu Creek trails old film sets. $50–$75 per hour. 818.510.2245, maliburiders.com

Melting Pot Food Tours
Tasting tours of foodie destinations such as Farmers Market or a selection of restaurants. Private tours available. Reservation required. $49–$59. 424.247.9666; tickets, 800.979.3370, meltingpottours.com

MetrolinkMETRO
City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach. Underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to Pasadena; Blue Line from Union Station to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach. $5 day pass. 800.COMMUTE.  metro.net

METROLINK
Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. 800.371.LINK metrolinktrains.com

Midway Car Rental
Luxury car rentals: Aston Martin, Ferrari F430, Maserati Quattroporte. Locations in downtown; Mid-Wilshire district; Beverly Hilton; West L.A.; North Hollywood; Santa Monica; Burbank Airport; LAX; Van Nuys Airport. 800.824.5260, midwaycarrental.com

Olympic Rent-A-Car
Luxury sedans and exotics outfitted with Sirius and XM satellite radio service. Cars on offer include those by Maserati, Ferrari, Audi, Bentley and Porsche. 9244 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.757.6501 Map K12

Perry’s Beach Club
Rent bikes or skates for the boardwalk. Legends Bike Tour ($30) explores Venice and its hidden canals; guided tour includes architecture and celebrity lore. Eight rental locations along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice. 310.939.0000

Red Line Walking Tours
Insider look at land-marks new and old, as well as film studios in Hollywood and downtown. $15–$24.95. 6773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 304 S. Broadway, downtown, 323.402.1074 Map H13, I16

Santa Monica Conservancy Downtown Walking Tours
Conservancy-guided tours on Saturdays. Tour leaves from 1436 2nd Street. Booklets for self-guided tours at 1920 Main St., Santa Monica. $10. 310.496.3146 Map M8

Santa Monica Walking Tours
Daily guided tours of downtown Santa Monica; tours focused on popular spots such as Main Street, Montana Avenue and Palisades Park also offered. $20–$25. 310.595.4526, santamonicawalkingtours.com

starline toursStarline Tours
Movie Stars’ Home Tour, Trolley Fun Tour, Grand Tour of L.A. New TMZ Hollywood Tour is a multimedia experience highlighting scenes of celebrity scandals. Prices vary. Tours begin at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131 Map H13  starlinetours.com  

 

super-shuttle-vanSuper Shuttle
Runs to and from the airport 24 hours a day. All major cards. Individuals, groups and charters welcome. Earn frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.BLUE.VAN, supershuttle.com

 

Take My Mother PleaseTake My Mother Please
Enthusiastic, “curly headed” Arkansas native packs up to five of your visiting relatives (or other VIPs) in a new hybrid SUV for customized tour of “gloriously unusual” sights. 323.737.2200. takemymotherplease.com

Tour Du Jour
Themed and customized tours, mainly by car. Travel from the Santa Monica Mountains to the shore on the Westside Story tour, or visit the burial sites of celebs on the Hollywood Chills tour. Prices vary. 9663 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.2929. Map I11 tourdujour.net

TMZ Hollywood Tour
Bus tour with state-of-the-art audio/video system explores celebrity haunts and sites of famous scandals. TMZ Guides are at the ready to interview celebrities and send footage back to the newsroom. $53–$63. Starline Tours, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868

Tourific Escapes
Husband-and-wife team offer sightseeing and food tours such as Hollywood Sites and Bites and Chocolate Indulgence. Prices vary. 424.248.8687, tourificescapes.com

Urban Shopping Adventures
Group tours of Melrose Heights, downtown Fashion District. Transportation, shopping tips, maps, goody bags. $36–$54. 213.683.9715 Map I1

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