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About Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.
The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.
With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.
What bus companies travel to Los Angeles, California?
Located in California, Los Angeles is accessible by bus from 285 other cities. You can choose from 1422 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Los Angeles on Wanderu. FlixBus US usually has the most buses on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Los Angeles are also available.
Bus companies serving Los Angeles
|Bus||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Greyhound||113||2d 1h 30m||$217.58|
|Jefferson Lines||100||2d 3h 54m||$246.34|
|FlixBus US||63||4h 47m||$45.58|
|Tornado Bus||21||1d 23h 38m||$312.79|
|Tufesa Plus||13||5h 41m||$48.65|
|Tufesa Internacional||11||3h 58m||$40.61|
|Amtrak Thruway||3||4h 32m||$26.40|
|El Expreso Bus||2||1d 19h 38m||$286.93|
Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.
Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool.
FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.
Tornado Bus is a regional bus company that primarily serves the southern United States and Mexico. Founded in 1993, Tornado Bus Company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
Tufesa Internacional is the international brand of one of the largest ground transportation providers in Mexico, Tufesa. The carrier offers daily bus trips to and from several cities in the Southwestern United States, including cross-border trips between the U.S. and Mexico. The carrier’s fleet features modern coaches equipped with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, such as onboard restrooms, reclining seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and a digital entertainment system.
Amtrak Thruway, also known as Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, is a system of intercity passenger buses operated by Amtrak to connect train stations to areas that are not served by the carrier’s railroads. On the bus, passengers can enjoy comfortable reclining seats with leg rests and access to onboard restroom facilities.
El Expreso Bus
El Expreso Bus, a sub-brand of Tornado Bus Company, operates intercity bus trips in the United States, plus several routes that cross the border into Mexico. The carrier’s professional and helpful staff are often fluent in both English and Spanish. El Expreso buses feature comfortable seats, onboard restrooms, power outlets, and free WiFi.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a good price for a bus ticket to Los Angeles?
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
- Downtown - Vignes Lot
- 592 Gayley Ave
Which bus carrier has the best service to Los Angeles?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Los Angeles by bus with Windstar Lines giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Tufesa Plus had the most comfortable bus service to Los Angeles taking into account the seats and amenities that Tufesa Plus offers. They rate Tufesa Plus a 4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Los Angeles punctually, travelers suggest that Windstar Lines has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Los Angeles, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.
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.
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