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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.

Station Information

Union Station

Los Angeles, CA - Union Station - LAXUST-0

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Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

Popular train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Union Station

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 592 Gayley Ave

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • Metrolink Station

What train companies travel to Los Angeles, California?

Located in California, Los Angeles is accessible by train from 529 other cities. You can choose from 1797 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Los Angeles on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Los Angeles are also available.

Train companies serving Los Angeles

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak52322h 18m$122.03
Amtrak Texas Eagle351d 14h 56m$148.18
Amtrak Southwest Chief301d 0h 25m$137.72
Amtrak Coast Starlight2519h 39m$117.43
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner241h 38m$21.14
Amtrak Sunset Limited181d 2h 42m$113.14
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle

    Amtrak Texas Eagle is a train service operated by Amtrak that connects to Texas. It links Chicago with the heart of the Lone Star State in San Antonio, going to cities such as St. Louis and Dallas. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, complimentary WiFi, and a designated restaurant car with full meals.

  • Amtrak Southwest Chief

    Amtrak Southwest Chief

    The Southwest Chief is a passenger train operated by America’s largest train service, Amtrak. The full route travels over 2,200 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, which takes over 43 hours. In addition to standard Coach Class seats, the Southwest Chief offers several sleeper cabin options on longer journeys. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic train routes in America, thanks to the stunning views of the Painted Desert, the Red Cliffs of Sedona, and the Grand Canyon you’ll see from your train window.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight

    Amtrak Coast Starlight

    The Amtrak Coast Starlight is a service provided by Amtrak that connects Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on the US Pacific coast. The full journey winds through the Cascade Mountains, perfectly clipped vineyards, and dense coastal forest, allowing passengers to get a glimpse of the US west coast while enjoying air-conditioned cars, power outlets, complimentary onboard WiFi, and snacks.

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

    The Pacific Surfliner is Amtrak’s passenger train service that runs along the Pacific coast of Southern California, connecting San Luis Obispo to the north with San Diego to the south. The line is among the most famous Amtrak routes due to the unique scenic views it presents, as the train parallels the coastline for large portions of the 268-mile railroad stretch. The Pacific Surfliner offers first-class amenities like onboard restrooms, free WiFi, seats with extra legroom and power outlets, as well as storage racks for surfboards.

  • Amtrak Sunset Limited

    Amtrak Sunset Limited

    The Amtrak Sunset Limited is a southern Amtrak route that crosses through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The double-decker carriages have a variety of roomettes, bedrooms, and suites, as well as a restaurant and cafe service.

Which train 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 train with Amtrak Pacific Surfliner giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Coast Starlight had the most comfortable train service to Los Angeles taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Coast Starlight offers. They rate Amtrak Coast Starlight a 4.8 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 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Los Angeles, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$5.00 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Los Angeles, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Los Angeles. In the last month, trains from Burbank to Los Angeles had the lowest average price at $8.61. The train from Burbank to Los Angeles also tends to start at relatively low prices.

Where is the train station in Los Angeles, CA?

The busiest train station in Los Angeles is Union Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Los Angeles are:

  • Union Station
  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd
  • 592 Gayley Ave

Can I take a train to the airport?

There are currently no trains running directly to LAX.

There is a free shuttle bus (the “G” shuttle) to transport travelers from the airport to the nearest light rail station: Aviation/LAX, located just outside the LAX complex. The Metro Green Line stops at this station along its route from Norwalk to Redondo Beach. Unfortunately, this line has no direct service into downtown L.A., and you will need to switch metro lines several times to get to other Los Angeles neighborhoods.

How do I take the train to Los Angeles?


  1. Compare train trips and prices on Wanderu.com or the Wanderu app.
  2. Select your preferred trip and checkout on Wanderu.
  3. Download or print your ticket from the train carrier.
  4. Show your ticket to board the train and find a seat.
  5. Sleep, read, work, or play on the journey to Los Angeles.
  6. Deboard at your arrival station and begin your adventure in Los Angeles.

Is Los Angeles a popular train travel destination?

Los Angeles ranks number 7 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 149 in United States. Los Angeles has the most train connections in the region. There are 439 train schedules arriving in Los Angeles each day.

What is the population of Los Angeles?

The population of Los Angeles is 3971883. Los Angeles ranks number 6 in terms of population in California and number 84 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Los Angeles cost?

Train tickets to Los Angeles range from $5 for a short trip to Los Angeles, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Los Angeles starts at , and a longer trip by train to Los Angeles can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $37.

What type of traveler does Los Angeles attract?

Solo travelers choose to travel by train to Los Angeles for its affordable fares and because of the safe and convenient experience that they note in their reviews.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Los Angeles?

The closest train station to the city center of Los Angeles is Union Station, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Union Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Los Angeles. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

How to Get Around Los Angeles

Once you arrive in the City of Angels, you’ll need a way to get from point A to B. Los Angeles is a BIG city, and getting around can be challenging. Here are a few of the best ways to get around Los Angeles:

Public Transit
Public transportation in L.A. includes buses, trains, and subways to service all the city’s major attractions and neighborhoods. One-way fares cost $1.75 and include free transfers to other lines. You can purchase single tickets each time you ride or buy a reusable TAP card and refill it as you need.

L.A.’s Metro Rail system is fairly comprehensive, with two subway lines and four light rail lines. The B (Red) Line is most useful for out-of-towners and services the downtown area from Union Station all the way to North Hollywood via Hollywood and Universal Studios.

There are also numerous city buses that run over 200 routes around L.A. The Metro Local Buses are the most frequent and travel to most of L.A.'s main attractions. These are painted orange and stop roughly every two blocks.

Rideshare Apps & Taxis
Popular rideshare apps like Lyft and Uber are widely available in Los Angeles. These can be affordable depending on how far you’re heading and the time of day, but when prices increase, they can really spike. Avoid rush hour at all costs!

Taxis are available at most of L.A.’s main attractions. They are metered and charged by the mile. If you’re not at a major attraction, you can always call a cab company to arrange a ride.

Rental Cars
Los Angeles’ freeways are notorious, but there is a reason everyone has a car in L.A. To enjoy some travel flexibility, rent a car to get around Los Angeles. You’ll find all the major rental companies at the airport and popular hotels. Booking in advance will save you some serious cash - rent a car through Wanderu to get the cheapest rates!

Must-See Places in Los Angeles

Hollywood
Hollywood is packed with some of L.A.’s most iconic sites. A trip to this famous neighborhood will net you views of the Hollywood sign, the stars along the Walk of Fame, the TCL Chinese Theater, and more. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a celebrity or two!

Griffith Park & Griffith Observatory
Soak in some of the best views from Los Angeles’s biggest park: Griffith Park. This massive green space sits in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains and has miles of hiking trails, a zoo, a planetarium, tennis courts, a golf course, and a riding center. But the most interesting of all the park’s attractions is the Griffith Observatory - plus, it’s free and open to the public!

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Whether you’re an art buff or not, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is worth a visit. It’s one of the largest art museums in the country and boasts over 100,000 pieces. Snap that perfect Instagram shot in the front of the forest of street lights outside the museum.

The Original Farmers Market
Get a real taste of L.A. at the Original Farmers Market. In its early days in the 1930s, market vendors hawked fresh fruits and veggies, but today, the stands sell everything from restaurant-style meals and kitchenware to handcrafted candles and jewelry. Of course, there is still plenty of local produce sold, as well!

Venice Beach
If a trip to the beach is just what the doctor ordered, there’s no better spot to soak up the California sun than Venice Beach. In addition to the golden sand and sun, you’ll enjoy shaved ice and funnel cakes from beachside stands and street performers along the beachfront promenade.

USA Travel Tips for International Visitors

There are a few things that international visitors to the United States should keep in mind:

  • Currency: U.S. dollar ($)

  • Tipping: 15-20% is customary at restaurants & bars

  • Legal drinking age: 21 years old

    Useful English phrases:

  • “Excuse me”

  • “Thank you”

  • “Where is…?”

Los Angeles Tips for Travelers

There are a few Los Angeles-specific laws and customs that visitors may not be familiar with.

  • Most of the U.S. prohibits the consumption of alcohol on the street and while driving. LA is no exception, so only imbibe in bars, restaurants, or at home. You will likely be asked to show ID at bars and liquor stores if you look younger than 30.

  • Marijuana is legal for recreational use in California. You must be 21 or older to buy and use marijuana in all of its forms. Be prepared to show a valid ID to enter any dispensary.

  • Food and services can get expensive in Los Angeles. A smoothie could cost you over $10, and you’ll see why L.A. is one of the most expensive drinking cities in the U.S. after a night at the bar. Look for cheap hotel deals to offset the costs of your vacation.

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