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“Surprisingly clean and decorative” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Union Station

Union Station
800 N Alameda St, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
800-872-7245
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Ranked #51 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Scenic Railroads, Public Transportation Systems, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: First Los Angeles train depot.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Oakville, Canada
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“Surprisingly clean and decorative”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I guess I had not expected to be (pleasantly) surprised by a train station in LA. However, I thought the old world style (Spanish ?) decor was interesting and well done with comfortable (tall) bench seats. The multicoloured tile designs, the hanging chandeliers an the iron work take ones imagination back to a different time.The logistics of the station are hard to figure out and not intuitive. We arrived by Flyaway Shuttle from LAX and found the Subway to deliver a passable lunch before our trip to San Diego. On the way back- after just two attempts - we were able to find the platform for the Red/Purple line of the subway - which quickly becomes an LRT (surface) line. The large mural (City of Dreams) in the east lobby is definitely worth a look.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Nostalgia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Union Station, if you go during the off hours or on a Sunday, is worth visiting. The whole place has been renovated. Be sure and look up at the ceilings in the main lobby and the old ticketing counter in the front that is sometimes used as a movie set. I took a tour with the LA Conservancy and we were shown all over. One of the more fascinating things is a waiting area where a stream flows through it. In the stream are artifacts from the area in the 1880's and early 1900's. enjoy this treasure and then afterwards criss the street to Olvera St. or go to Philippe's for a french dip

Visited June 2013
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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“Easy to get Around...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Union Station is super easy to get around. The staff are helpful and friendly. Cabs run from the front of the station, buses run from the back. The suway links up here as well as Amtrak, t's brilliant for getting all around Los Angeles.

Visited June 2013
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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“Worth Visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Great old American Station where you can revisit the railway era of the USA.
Mostly still in original condition with only minor upgrades to accommodate technology and progress.
When it was built I'm sure this was good area in Los Angeles but be warned it is not now.
This area is a hang out for vagrants and the homeless with many living in the park across the road.
Many of these tramps and assorted filth make the station their home during the day taking over the seats and the bathrooms so keep your wits about you at all times.
Big shame how it has turned out as it is a nice attraction to visit.

Visited May 2013
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“be careful of crooks there”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

i was a victim of an attempted scam on May 31, 2013 at noon. a possible employee (i'm actually not sure) asked me for $50. for the Fly Away bus saying because i didn't have a reservation.

if that happens to you, report it to security & just wait for the actual bus driver.

Visited May 2013
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