This post is strictly informational. I will attempt to spare you the fancy verbiage. I live in Venice, CA. So for me the bus that I take to LAX is The Big Blue Bus #3. Here's a link to all the places it stops. If you are coming from East LA, take any bus that connects to TBB #3. Here is a link for a .pdf download that shows you, color coded, all the buses that head to the 3 bus.
But this post is mainly for people arriving in Los Angeles, who have never been here before. So let's pretend we're you. Here we go...
So imagine, you are flying high over the USA, headed to Los Angeles, feeling a bit nervous, and wondering if you have to drop $30-$40 on a cab to get to your desired location. Well, this blog is designed so that you only have to pay one dollar, and you support public transport!
Okay, so you've landed in LAX, and you head to the baggage claim, grab your stuff and walk outside. You could wait in the cab line, like everybody else, or you could look for the shuttle that takes you to Lot C. Lot C is the key. Here's a photo of what to look for.
In order to reach these pick up locations you have to cross the road immediately beside the baggage pick up, and stand on the median below one of these signs. Now you wait for your free shuttle.
Oh my gosh the shuttle has arrived! And since you have this nice photo as a reference, you know you are waiting for the shuttle with LAX LOT C written in cool purple coloring on the side. Get on, you'll be at the city transport in no time. Also note those cool words, "Free Service." Gotta love that.
After the FREE SHUTTLE has left LAX, all you need to do is chill until the first stop. The first stop lets you off about a block and a half from the CITY METRO pickup. Don't be scared by this, it is really easy to find. Plus the bus driver will tell you where to go if you ask them. Finally, when you hop off the shuttle, look for this blue sign (pictured above) it will lead you to your $1 Bus ride.
Now you've made it to the metro station, you're doing great! It's an open outdoor station with signs for the various buses that serve Los Angeles. You can go all over LA from here! I live in Venice, so I waited for this bus, and now it's here. I know it's my bus because it says, Downtown SM and Venice on it. [If you are going to transfer ask for a transfer, the bus only takes cash, so bring a one dollar bill.]
While on the bus, smile to yourself, you're only spending a dollar, learning patience, and you're going to get where you need to go!
Oh my goodness it's my stop! Thank the bus driver, they rock, and hop off to your connecting bus or to walk/uber/transfer to your desired destination.
For me, it's wahoo time, I've made it to my spot. Not there yet? Perhaps you want to head to East LA. You're in luck, the 33 Bus picks up heading East on Venice Blvd, right in front of the Gas Station you got off by. You can take the 33 all the way to DTLA or get off at Venice & Overland to take the train. For $1.75 you can take the train all the way to 7th and Grand in DTLA! The metro is great and runs back to the west side till midnight on weekdays and 2AM on Fri and Sat.
I got home for $1. When I want to go to LAX, I walk to Lincoln and Washington, and pick up the #3 bus heading South (for $1) that takes me back to the Airport Metro Station. Then I walk one block to the LA Shuttle, and hop on for a FREE RIDE to LAX. If I can do it, so can you! And don't be afraid because remember, after you've done this once, you'll feel more confident about the journey, and maybe tell a friend to do the same.
Happy travels, and welcome to Los Angeles!