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Address: 800 N Alameda St, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2177
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Los Angeles Union Station is the main railroad station in Los Angeles,...

Los Angeles Union Station is the main railroad station in Los Angeles, California, and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western US. Union Station is a major transportation hub for Southern California, serving almost 110,000 passengers a day. The station is the hub of the Amtrak's California regional routes, Amtrak's long distance trains, Metrolink commuter trains, several Metro Rail subway and light rail lines, buses and coach services.


Established in 1939.

Built in 1939, Union Station combines Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, Mission Revival and Streamline Moderne styles. The architecture team included John and Donald Parkinson who also designed Los Angeles City Hall and other city landmarks.

Originally intended as a transcontinental terminus station for the Union Pacific, Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railways, the station was a major hub for troop movement during World War II.

The station's historic 161,000 square foot terminal was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and the station was restored in 1992. Beginning in the 1970s, growing use of Amtrak and expansion of local and regional rail revitalized the station as a major transportation hub of Southern California.

Metro acquired the station in 2011, managing the property that currently serves as a transportation hub for Metro, Metrolink, Amtrak and other transportation services as well an urban mixed-use development site.

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I've been through Union Station many times. It is a beautiful historical building. Recently the plaza at the back has undergone some upgrades making the drop off / pick up much... read more

Reviewed November 15, 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed November 15, 2016

I've been through Union Station many times. It is a beautiful historical building. Recently the plaza at the back has undergone some upgrades making the drop off / pick up much easier. Close to several other historical venues to make a fun, interesting day trip.

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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed November 14, 2016

This Railway Station is steeped in history and a joy to meander around and view the active and passive sights. Also as a stationis quite efficient

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed November 14, 2016

Whenever we have visitors from overseas visit they always seem to be enamored with the idea of visiting "Hollywood" and "Downtown". Union Station is not "Downtown" and it's definitely not "Hollywood" but, overall, I'd say its more "Hollywood" than anything else. Okay, yes, it's a train station. So if you're riding the trains, you will pass through to the gates.... More 

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Trzic, Slovenia
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Reviewed November 12, 2016

You find yourself in the middle of a place that seems so familiar... and you realise you have seen it in a couple of movies. Very stylish.

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Reviewed November 11, 2016

Union Station is a great location, near the LA Civic Center. With the LA Metro with the Red and Gold Lines, Amtrak, and Metrolink platforms and multiple bus lines, this is a great location to connect around LA. Also has a bus connection to LAX by the Flyaway Bus.

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Laguna Beach
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Reviewed November 9, 2016

The title covers it, there is really very little history displayed... it is an operating train station, but better to take a train to the beach, or pasadena for dinner, or from pasadena for a visit to Olivera street for a picnic lunch at the plaza.. Union Station has some photo opportunities, but for most, and especially for kids? Blah.

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Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

I arrived at the Los Angeles Union Station and it was my first time at the station. My destination was Mojave Ca..... They are very organized and helpful but I had to ask a couple of workers to see what was my next transportation to arrive to Mojave. They looked at me confused and all they said "I don't know".... More 

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Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

I go through Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles probably three times a week. I ride the Metrolink trains and buses daily. The station is pretty big and picture worthy, so bring Your camera. The security guards along with frequent visits from the Police make the station pretty safe. If You're hungry while passing through there's many places to eat... More 

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San Pablo, California
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

We didn't catch a train but since i love movies, i wanted to take some pictures and take in the environment. You can see why this place is used for movies. It also a romantic spot to talk with someone for an old fashion date.

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Tenerife, Spain
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Reviewed November 7, 2016

Union Station A large, historic refurbished, train station. Both sides of the building have food outlets. The metro side has an aquarium. there are Spanish-style rose gardens on the grounds. Good for a cocktail in their beautiful bar and people watching, Worth a 10 minute walk through FREE

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