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How to get to Los Angeles by bus

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What is a good price for a bus ticket to Los Angeles?

$6.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Los Angeles, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Los Angeles. In the last month, buses from Santa Ana to Los Angeles had the lowest average price at $7.00. The bus from Santa Ana to Los Angeles also tends to start at relatively low prices.

Where is the bus station in Los Angeles, CA?

The busiest bus station in Los Angeles is Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Los Angeles are:

  • Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St
  • North Hollywood Bus Station
  • Union Station

Where should you stay in Los Angeles?

When you visit Los Angeles, the best areas to stay if you want to be in close proximity to the Los Angeles Bus Station are Downtown, the Fashion District or the Arts District. These neighborhoods have some budget-friendly options when it comes to hotels and homeshares, and also have good access to the Metro — very important if you want to get around L.A. and don’t have a car. Downtown L.A. has seen a revival in recent years, so don’t miss out on a visit to Grand Central Market or the iconic Bradbury Building.

Hollywood is another great neighborhood in which to book your accommodations, full of film (and L.A.) history. It’s also where the Hollywood Bus Stop and North Hollywood Bus Station are located, making it conveniently close to your arrival/departure point.

How do you get around L.A.?

Traveling in Los Angeles without a car can be challenging, as the city is rather sprawling. If you’re staying Downtown near the Los Angeles Bus Station, you can ride the Metro Rail around the city, from Santa Monica to Long Beach to LAX. The closest Metro Rail stop to the bus station is Pershing Square, where you can board the Red and Purple lines. There are multiple Metro Rail stops in Hollywood, though the closest to the North Hollywood Bus Station is the North Hollywood stop on the Red Line. One-way fares cost $1.75, and includes free transfers to other lines.

There are also numerous city buses you can board around L.A. The bus travels throughout the whole city and charges the same fares as the Metro, so make sure to study the bus routes and use the Metro Trip Planner on the LA Metro website.

What are some places to visit in Los Angeles?

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll definitely want to visit Hollywood and see the TCL Chinese Theatre. From there you can traverse the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or visit Paramount Pictures Studios. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a good place to pay your respects to the stars of yesterday, and also a terrific spot for a view of the Hollywood Sign — which you can also hike to.

You may also consider taking a studio tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at famous movie sets. The Universal Studios backlot tour is especially entertaining, where you’ll get a glimpse of the animatronic shark from “Jaws,” and the Bates Motel, site of the infamous shower-stabbing scene. Or, for a truly romantic experience, visit Griffith Observatory. (It’s particularly sensational at sunset.)

L.A. also has a number of white-sand beaches to visit, from Venice Beach and Zuma Beach to Santa Monica Beach and Pier.

What are some good restaurants in LA?

LA has tons of great, reasonably priced restaurants. Downtown near the Los Angeles Bus Station, check out Grand Central Market, where you can have your pick from dozens of vendors (eggslut, known for their breakfast sandwiches, has become a phenomenon). And don’t shy away from street food, especially taco trucks: La Isla Bonita in Venice Beach is a popular option.

If you’re closer to the North Hollywood Bus Station, Electric Owl is a cool spot with interesting atmosphere, and Running Goose has an awesome outdoor patio.

What is the best time to visit Los Angeles by bus?

The best time to visit Los Angeles is in the spring and fall, to avoid the high temperatures and heavy smog of summer. Of those, you may prefer spring if you’re concerned about fires in the surrounding area during fall. Winter is a great time to visit, as well. You may have to deal with some rain, but winter temperatures in the 60s are a nice, warm break compared to many U.S. cities, and you’ll be able to find inexpensive accommodations.

Chicago

There are 23 scheduled buses per day from Chicago to Los Angeles. The route can be as long as 1743 miles, or 2804 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 52 hours and 44 minutes. One bus company, Greyhound, connects Chicago to Los Angeles. Buses from Chicago usually arrive in Los Angeles at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St.
Avg. Time
2d 4h 44m
Avg. Price
$176.22

San Diego

There are 21 scheduled buses per day from San Diego to Los Angeles. The route can be as long as 112 miles, or 180 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 4 hours and 56 minutes. There are 2 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from San Diego usually arrive in Los Angeles at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St.
Avg. Time
4h 56m
Avg. Price
$18.55

Las Vegas

There are 16 scheduled buses per day from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The route can be as long as 229 miles, or 368 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 6 hours and 41 minutes. There are 2 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Las Vegas usually arrive in Los Angeles at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St.
Avg. Time
6h 41m
Avg. Price
$42.19

Clarksville

There are 15 scheduled buses per day from Clarksville to Los Angeles. The route can be as long as 1744 miles, or 2806 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 51 hours . One bus company, Greyhound, connects Clarksville to Los Angeles. Buses from Clarksville usually arrive in Los Angeles at Bus Station.
Avg. Time
2d 3h 0m
Avg. Price
$273.67

Phoenix

There are 14 scheduled buses per day from Phoenix to Los Angeles. The route can be as long as 357 miles, or 575 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 8 hours and 4 minutes. There are 2 bus lines that operate on this route. Greyhound has the most daily buses. Buses from Phoenix usually arrive in Los Angeles at Bus Terminal - 1716 E 7th St.
Avg. Time
8h 4m
Avg. Price
$55.23

Located in California, Los Angeles is accessible by bus from 340 other cities. You can choose from 1318 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Los Angeles on Wanderu. Greyhound usually has the most buses on any given day.

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Bus companies serving Los Angeles

Greyhound

There are 127 scheduled Greyhound buses per day. Greyhound can get you to Los Angeles from 338 cities, including Las Vegas.
Avg. Time
1d 9h 9m
Avg. Price
$127.69

Tufesa Internacional

There are 16 scheduled Tufesa Internacional buses per day. Tufesa Internacional can get you to Los Angeles from 13 cities, including Ontario.
Avg. Time
6h 45m
Avg. Price
$47.80