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Hey everyone! How goes it? I thought I'd post some useful information for getting around L.A...Trust me, Los Angeles is a hell of a lot bigger than it looks, not to mention with 50 millions buses that go in every which direction. L.A., unlike San Francisco or New York, you really do need a car to get around. But never fear! Public transportation is somewhat dependable (and cheap), so that's a plus.

The main mode of public transportation is the METRO, much like the subway to those in New York. The METRO also now includes several rail lines, which are fast and also very cheap. The METRO's RED rail line (Hollywood & Highland) will take you all the way to the Avalon. You can catch the RED line at Union Station and pretty much every train station entrance in Los Angeles. Once you catch the RED line, all you need to do is get off on Hollywood & Vine (which is the stop before Hollywood & Highland) and once you exit the station, you're right across the street from the Avalon. You DO NOT by any means need to take the Purple line. The purple line DOES NOT take you to Hollywood & Vine. Please also note that When you exit the station, you will be on the infamous Hollywood Blvd. (a.k.a Hollywood Walk of Fame), so if you get confused and if you see the stars in the concrete, you'll know you're on Hollywood Blvd.

If you are coming from North Hollywood, take the red line (North Hollywood train) & you get off on Hollywood & Highland. For your convenience, I have included this phone number should you ever get lost in the L.A. area, which isn't hard to do:

1-800-COMMUTE

Just tell them where you're at, where you're coming from & where you're going and they will tell you exactly where you need to go & how to get there. I really recommend that number for people coming from out-of-state or out of this country for that matter. In addition, please visit the METRO site here:

http://www.metro.net

There's information on just about everything related to the METRO, including fares, schedules, trip planners, etc...

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AMTRAK
The AMTRAK is a nation-wide rail road system. You can take it to pretty much any city and any state. If you decide to travel between shows in California using the AMTRAK system, please be advised of the following: it is approximately a 6-8 hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco (trust me on that one). It will take about that long by train - or even longer. It is also approximately a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles to San Diego (just to give you an idea). For your convenience, here's the AMTRAK's website:

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentSer...k/HomePage

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Useful phone numbers:


411: nation-wide information line

911: for those that don't know, 911 is the U.S.'s emergency phone number. Please DO NOT call that number unless it is an emergency (i.e. you're bleeding to death, got hit by a car, etc...). You can get into some SERIOUS trouble if you make a false 911 call (i.e. prank call 911). Most of you know this already, but again, F.Y.I


HOTELS near the Avalon: click here
Thanks!~ thats really good info for those of us who are travelling to the lives from other states or from other countries~
I checked amtrak and it seems like its a full day trip on the train :O do you guys think flying will be about the same price. I did a bit of reading and some websites suggest that flying costs about the same but gets you there in like an hour. So I would love to hear what you guys reckon!! or what others plan on doing

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(04-13-2010, 07:03 AM)chibi chibi Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks!~ thats really good info for those of us who are travelling to the lives from other states or from other countries~
I checked amtrak and it seems like its a full day trip on the train :O do you guys think flying will be about the same price. I did a bit of reading and some websites suggest that flying costs about the same but gets you there in like an hour. So I would love to hear what you guys reckon!! or what others plan on doing

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Southwest Airlines & Jetblue usually have pretty good deals. And yes, it costs about the same and you get there in more than half the time. It's about an 1:30 minute flight from LA to SF.
(04-13-2010, 03:16 PM)VAMPS + American Street Team + Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-13-2010, 07:03 AM)chibi chibi Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks!~ thats really good info for those of us who are travelling to the lives from other states or from other countries~
I checked amtrak and it seems like its a full day trip on the train :O do you guys think flying will be about the same price. I did a bit of reading and some websites suggest that flying costs about the same but gets you there in like an hour. So I would love to hear what you guys reckon!! or what others plan on doing

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Southwest Airlines & Jetblue usually have pretty good deals. And yes, it costs about the same and you get there in more than half the time. It's about an 1:30 minute flight from LA to SF.


It was about a $40 difference between flying and the train when I checked last year before booking a flight. Not worth it for the time difference I thought.

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(04-13-2010, 03:56 PM)cathb Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-13-2010, 03:16 PM)VAMPS + American Street Team + Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-13-2010, 07:03 AM)chibi chibi Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks!~ thats really good info for those of us who are travelling to the lives from other states or from other countries~
I checked amtrak and it seems like its a full day trip on the train :O do you guys think flying will be about the same price. I did a bit of reading and some websites suggest that flying costs about the same but gets you there in like an hour. So I would love to hear what you guys reckon!! or what others plan on doing

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Southwest Airlines & Jetblue usually have pretty good deals. And yes, it costs about the same and you get there in more than half the time. It's about an 1:30 minute flight from LA to SF.


It was about a $40 difference between flying and the train when I checked last year before booking a flight. Not worth it for the time difference I thought.

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If you're not planning to go to the LA show, then taking the train is cool. I've taken the train from Berkeley to Los Angeles before...and it took half of forever. There was a lot of traffic on the rails, so it took me nearly 9 hours to get home. In addition, there is not a train that runs directly from LA to SF. You'll have to take an AMTRAK bus through the Grapevine, or if you go up the coast, you'll have to take an AMTRAK bus from San Luis Obispo to SF. Flying would be the better option if you are going to both west coast shows, and of course, wouldn't mind paying the extra $$.
There's a bar right across the street if someone wants to go grab a beer with me at some point.

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(04-14-2010, 12:03 AM)The Shockstar Wrote: [ -> ]There's a bar right across the street if someone wants to go grab a beer with me at some point.

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Sounds fun. ;) XDDD
It's a shame they are only doing three shows here in the US but excited that I'll get to go to two of the three shows. GO K.A.Z. GO!
Wow, this info is very useful, thanks a lot!!! :D
Thank you very much for the info! I'm considering a plane to SF since the cost is pretty much the same.
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