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donegal ireland
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i heading to los angeles in august staying in west hollywood area just wondering best way toget about without a car for eg. to santa monica, malibu is there a bus or train that goes direct to malibu? disneyland? how far is santa monica from hollywood? any help suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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1. Re: la

I suggest familiarizing yourself with either maps.google.com or www.metro.net - you can use both to find out what buses to take to get from "a" to "b" in the LA area. Google has a more friendly interface (actually shows you maps) but isn't aware of all the local buses. www.metro.net has all the local buses but no maps.

Malibu is a difficult area to visit without a car - its a narrow stretch of coastal land about 20 miles long, centered on one highway that runs its length (Pacific Coast Highway) and not all that build up. There is one bus that goes to Malibu (Metro bus 532 IIRC), but the issue becomes how to get around once you get there. As mentioned, its a large area but only sparsely built up.

Metro Buses 4 and 704 run the length of Santa Monica Blvd which connects Santa Monica and the southern part of West Hollywood. 704 is preferred as it makes less stops and is faster. The beach in Santa Monica is something like 8 mies from West Hollywood and 10 miles from Hollywood.

Disneyland is a bit difficult to reach on public transportation from West Hollywood - the main ways involve going first to downtown LA (if I recall correctly, you could use either Bus 4/704 on Santa Monica Blvd. or 2/302 on Sunset blvd. and then taking Metro Bus 460 from there, or a train from Union Station in downtown LA to Fullterton (Metrolink Orange County Line train or Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner Train, then using Orange County Bus 43 to reach Disneyland. Not a short journey - Disney is about an hour south of West Hollywood by car.

If you can tell us which hotel you are staying at in W. Hollywood we can give you some more specific directions.

donegal ireland
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2. Re: la

hotel not booked yet but we are thinkin saharan motor hotel or hollywood 7 star motel we are bunch of girls in our mid 20s so we just lookin for somethin cheap and cheerful close to bars etc if u have any suggestion be great thanks we are gonna be making our way up to l.a from san diego so would it make more sense to stop off at disney land on the way up? if u know of any fun/different things to do on way up thanks so much for ur help :)

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3. Re: la

The Saharan gets good reviews on Tripadvisor, the Hollywood 7 Star has few reviews, mostly bad. The Saharan is on the western edge of Hollywood. It's not a bad location at all, but you'll have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the start of the real Hollywood Blvd. strip. You might want to check out the Hollywood Orchid or Hollywood Celebrity, which are right in the thick of it, though probably a little more expensive.

Hollywood is a good location for getting around on transit, because there are stations for the Red Line subway to Universal Studios or Downtown LA. Malibu would take a transfer, you'd take the 217 or 780 bus down to Washington & Fairfax, then the 534 express out through Santa Monica to Malibu. That will be a longish trip.

Hollywood also has a ton of bars and clubs, so it's a good location from that perspective as well.

From the Saharan to Santa Monica itself you can walk down to La Brea & Santa Monica Blvd. and catch the 704 Rapid (or the 4 local) to Santa Monica, as Mach Three said.

If you're coming from San Diego to LA without a car, yes, it would be better to stop at Disneyland on the way up. You can take the Pacific Surfliner from San Diego to Fullerton, then catch Orange County Transit line 43 to the front door of Disneyland. Probably the simplest thing would be to stay there one night. The next day you can catch the 43 back to Fullerton and take the train to LA (then connect to the subway to Hollywood).

donegal ireland
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4. Re: la

thanks so much for your help :)

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