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Old 12-26-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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Listen, I'm driving to SF tomorrow morning from Long Beach. I'm planning on taking the 5 through LA and up. What time do I need to leave Long Beach to get through LA and hit as little traffic as possible? My friend wants to leave at 7am but I'm thinking that's not early enough.
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:29 PM
 
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Listen, I'm driving to SF tomorrow morning from Long Beach. I'm planning on taking the 5 through LA and up. What time do I need to leave Long Beach to get through LA and hit as little traffic as possible? My friend wants to leave at 7am but I'm thinking that's not early enough.
about 5am then up in bakersfield you migh hit light traffic.
id suggest youd take pch to the 101 onramp in oxnard then 101N.way more scenic than the 5(boring)
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Listen, I'm driving to SF tomorrow morning from Long Beach. I'm planning on taking the 5 through LA and up. What time do I need to leave Long Beach to get through LA and hit as little traffic as possible? My friend wants to leave at 7am but I'm thinking that's not early enough.
I think you are correct. If before 6 you'll be fine especially on a light holiday week.
The previous poster also has a good point in that 101 is more scenic but not as fast. The truckers in a hurry take 5.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:26 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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about 5am then up in bakersfield you migh hit light traffic.
id suggest youd take pch to the 101 onramp in oxnard then 101N.way more scenic than the 5(boring)
The 101 will take you MUCH MUCH longer. Its fun to drive on the way back from SF but going, you are better off taking the 5. I've driven that route many, many times.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Tijuana Exurbs
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When I drive north, I always make it a point to get to LA by 6 a.m. Once you are get to Magic Mountain the only other issue you will have is past the Grapevine when I-5 slims down to 2 lanes. At that point when one big rig going 60 is passed by another one going 62, EVERYONE else on the road has to slow down to 62 mph while the trucks do their passing maneuver. After that, everyone speeds back up to 75-80 mph.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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I found on a good day the 101 can be as fast as the I-5. But it only takes a cop writing a ticket or a small accident and the 101 can come to a solid stop. I also found when you go thru small towns on the 101 that people will try and slow you down on purpose.
I generally leave Bellflower at 5am and breeze thru the downtown.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:57 PM
 
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I'd say leave by 5:00 A.M. My friends and I drove from L.A. to San Francisco on a Sunday morning, and we left at around 7:00 A.M., and there WAS traffic, so on a weekday, I'd say leave a lot earlier than I did. Good luck :-)

On your way BACK from San Francisco, the traffic is usually going INTO San Francisco, so there won't be a big problem when you leave.
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