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i'm thinking of taking a trip to LA in september, we want to do knotts berry farm, universal and santa monica.i'm too afraid of driving abroad to attempt driving in ~LA but i wanted to know if there is good public transport between the coast and the anaheim area

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From Disney or Knotts Berry Farm area you can reach the Fullerton train station via one (Disney) or two (Knotts) bus rides or taxi. To Universal, its one train ride to Union Station in downtown LA. From Union Station, you can take the Red Line subway all the way to Universal. You can also take Santa Monica Big Blue Bus #10 from Union Station to the beach area in Santa Monica. I'd estimate close to 2 hours transit one way from Anaheim to either Universal or Santa Monica.

A lot of people will split their stay up - some nights in Anaheim for Disney/Knotts and some in LA / Hollywood / Santa Monica for other attractions. This might make sense in your case.

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One good option from the Buena Park/Anaheim area and the coast is using the Amtrak or Metrolink trains from the area to the San Clemente Pier. The station is right on the beach. Drawback, not every train stops at San Clemente, so you need to check the schedule carefully.

Also note, Amtrak only serves the Fullerton and Anaheim station. The Buena Park station is only served by Metrolink.

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To be honest, it is not easy and takes a lot of time. But good news is on the horizon for LA - the Expo rail line will link Santa Monica to the rest of the Metrolink system in 2014. That will make the beach more accessible for everyone.

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Santa Monica is not the best choice of lodging if you plan to sightsee by public transit, it is too far to the west of the metropolitan area.

You might do better by staying near downtown Los Angeles which is the transit hub, or Hollywood which is 15 minutes away. It's easy to take the Metro Red Line to Universal, there is a free shuttle.

If you stay near DTLA you can day trip to Santa Monica on the Big Blue Bus.

You will have no problem getting to Disneyland from Union Station (but you may want to spend the night in Anaheim rather than return back that evening). You can ask hotels here to hold your luggage if you want to do an overnight elsewhere and then return.

Edited: 6:59 pm, January 29, 2013
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Please understand that the sites you've listed are far away from one another and also from LAX (the airport). Knotts and Disneyland are not even in the same county as Los Angeles; they're in Orange County. Santa Monica is at the extreme western edge of our local L.A. metro area -- outside of the city of L.A. -- a bus ride of about an hour to our downtown area or to Hollywood.

Here's a map that might help you understand the vast distances you'll be covering:

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Disneyland and Knotts are 'off the map' in the southeast corner. LAX is at the 6 o'clock position; Santa Monica is at the 9 o'clock position; Universal is at the 12 o'clock position and downtown is at the 3 o'clock position.

If you're comfortable driving in London, driving in L.A. is easy. Our streets, unlike London's are parallel to one another, forming a neat grid of north/south streets and east/west streets. Our street signs are large, illuminated and hang over the streets (instead of on the buildings like in London).

Given the distance between the various sites you'll be visiting (and the poor public transit -- as you will need to transfer between L.A. public transit systems and Orange County public transit systems), I would recommend hiring a car.

You needn't have one every day but it will help you to transfer between the city of L.A. and its immediate neighbors (like Santa Monica and Universal) and its distant neighbors (Disneyland and Knotts).

You have plenty of time to look over this forum and to post questions about driving in the U.S. and you'll see plenty of comments from Brits, Aussies and Kiwis assuring you that driving here was not difficult.

Unlike London, L.A. was created around driving so our streets are well-paved, wide, well-lit and parallel to one another (or perpendicular). We also have an abundance of car parks and parking areas in the major tourist areas (and everywhere else) so you won't have to experience what I did during my first visit to London: waiting 45 minutes at the entrance to a car park, waiting for someone else to leave.

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thankyou very much, your advice has been most helpful.

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