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“Frustrating as hell! Would definitely not recommend as a good way to explore LA!” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of City Sightseeing Los Angeles

City Sightseeing Los Angeles
Ranked #62 of 234 Tours in Los Angeles
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“Frustrating as hell! Would definitely not recommend as a good way to explore LA!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2014

We only had 2 full days in LA, so decided to get a 48 hour ticket (not cheap, something like $60?!) and thought this would be the most effective way to get around and see as much as we could, as there were 4 different routes and we figured you'd need a lot of time. This is true. Because the buses are SO bad!!! They are totally infrequent, never on time, and just plain annoying. We got off at Venice Beach and couldn't work out where the stop was on the other side of the road to get back on - there was a mother and daughter wandering around with the same problem. Poorly signed. When we got on at Santa Monica Pier, it must have sat there for about 40 mins for no reason, even though the bus was full. Just infuriating, after enduring 2 days of it. You have to get back on this line after coming from this line, and then have to transfer to the red line to get back to Hollywood. Ugh. It wastes so much time. I wish we'd just hired a car for 2 days, would have been so much easier. Also, there is a stop near Rodeo Drive but around the backstreet where a lot of people have to change lines to get back to Hollywood, and there is a public toilet here which is necessary after being stuck on a bus for so long. Well, the stupid code on the door wasn't working so no one could get in. Myself (a pregnant woman) and 2 other girls ended up going on a hunt for 15 minutes, almost missing the next bus, to try and find another toilet, with no luck. Unacceptable. The downtown LA loop is a complete waste of time, we found nothing interesting about this area. I have been on many City Sightseeing buses in the US and in other countries and many have been fantastic, but this one is just awful.

Visited June 2014
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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2014

If you are a first time visitor then the hop on hop off buses are the way to go. There are 4 different routes to go on and a 2 day bus is more than enough. You get to go everywhere and see everything but the fact you can hop off and on gives you the flexibility to make your own tours

Visited June 2014
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We bought the 24 hour ticket and used the Hollywood, Santa Monica and venice tours (red,yellow, green).

The buses were open top and fine the commentary was pre recorded instead of guide like the tours in San Francisco. However the pre recorded guide was very clear and easy to understand with plenty of information!
You also don't get the terrible jokes you get widths tour guide!

The buses ran frequently enough and ran till about 7/8pm.

The tours are long though as los Angeles is a very spread out city and with traffic a full tour can take 2 and a half hours!

3 Thank James M
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“Well worth the price!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is great way to see as much of LA in a relatively short amount of time. There are 5 different routnes and you can get tickets that enable you to travel on them all. Takes in all the major attractions.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Emma L
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“well worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

A great way to see so many different areas of the city and find things we'd never have known were there - such as the Paley Centre where there was a great Warner Brother's Exhibit. Only slight criticism is that you listen to a pre recorded commentary through headphones which mean you dont get the personality of an actual tour guide and on one occasion the commetary wasnt working. Would definitly recommend this!

Visited September 2013
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