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Old 02-22-2009, 05:20 AM
 
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My wife and I are visiting LA next month. We are staying in Hollywood for a couple of days before taking a cruise out of Long Beach. We need to get there on a Monday in the afternoon. After checking out the taxis, shuttle and Limo rates they cost anywhere from $120 - 180. A friend told us to take the bus/train lines at a cost of $5. The redline and green or blue line. How safe is this? We would only have a suit case and backpack each and be travelling in the afternoon.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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My wife and I are visiting LA next month. We are staying in Hollywood for a couple of days before taking a cruise out of Long Beach. We need to get there on a Monday in the afternoon. After checking out the taxis, shuttle and Limo rates they cost anywhere from $120 - 180. A friend told us to take the bus/train lines at a cost of $5. The redline and green or blue line. How safe is this? We would only have a suit case and backpack each and be travelling in the afternoon.
I don't know how unsafe it is, but I would bet it wouldn't be that bad. What I would like to know is how long, how much hassle, how many transfers, etc that train ride might take.

Someone posted a couple days ago on going from LAX to Hyatt Long Beach for a cruise (use the search tool). The shuttles were recommended. They are great but from Hollywood to Long Beach I bet it won't be cheap.

Maybe consider renting a car one way. If it is only two people and not a lot of huge luggage like you describe, you can get a mid sized maybe for $50.

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Old 02-22-2009, 08:40 AM
 
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Thanks Charles. What I have read says that some rental companies charge extra for oneway trips and some do not allow them. I checked the metro line schedule and I would need to go from Hollywood on the redline (subway) to the 7th Street metro station and take the train on the Blue line to Long Beach transit termial.
Only $2.50 per person.
Since it is the trains we will be using and not the bus we should get there in approximately 1hr.

If safety is not an issue then this is probably the option we will use.

Thanks
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Just take the train. I've gone from Hollywood to Long Beach via the Metrorail numerous times and have never had a problem. Now I must tell you beforehand that the Blue Line passes through LA's most impoverished neighborhoods, so the scenery out the windows will be pretty bleak and depressing to look at. But I've never had a problem with safety.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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I've made the reverse trip (LB to LA) a couple of times and it's fine -- especially since you'll be travelling in the middle of the day.

I'm a big fan of the MTA's Trip Planner site, but would allow more time than listed, since you're unfamiliar with the system.
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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i will also second metro rail. I've taken almost all the rail lines in LA and have never had an issue. As long as being around "non white" people isn't an issue for you, you should be just fine. your best bet is to keep your luggage close to you and make sure you don't look like you're uncomfortable and odds are no one will even talk to you. if you're not staying real close to the metro stations in downtown long beach, then you should probably have a local cab company's phone number with you so you can get a ride to your destination.
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