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Hop On Hop Off Los Angeles Bus Tour Easy Way to the City

Let’s face it: If you want to see all Los Angeles has to offer you’re going to need to drive around. Why not make life easy and add a CitySightseeing Hop On Hop Off Los Angeles bus tour to your trip? Let their sightseeing experts do the work, so you can sit back, relax and soak up the sights.

StarLine offers the highly rated Hop-On Hop Off Los Angeles tour, a fully narrated, open-air double decker bus ride showcasing the best LA has to offer. Travel from Hollywood to Beverly Hills, from Downtown LA to Santa Monica. You can board the buses near Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, with the exact location easy to spot as CitySightseeings specialists, decked out in red, will be assembled there. (Address: 6925 Hollywood Blvd (TCL Chinese Theater Kiosk). Buses generally run every 15-20 minutes, but LA traffic does play a part in this so plan to be flexible.

The best way to put the Hop On Hop Off Los Angeles bus to use, is with the 48-hr pass. With this ticket type, you can easily hop from Downtown LA to Santa Monica, spend the afternoon at the pier and beaches, then still have plenty of time to hop over to posh Beverly Hills and still have time for stops at the Hollywood sign, Venice Beach, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  An excellent example of the pass? Hop on in Hollywood, hop off in Beverly Hills to shop, hop back on and head to Santa Monica to walk the pier and beaches and hop back on to come back and experience Hollywood and Downtown LA. There are some choice places to stop to eat along the way too. Pink’s Hot Dogs, Carney’s Restaurant and Canter’s Deli my top picks.

You can hop-on and hop-off the bus at any of 70 stops, and hop right back on when you’re ready to head to your next destinations. There are a total of six routes:

The Red Route, serving Hollywood and Beverly Hills with stops at TCL Chinese Theatre, the Farmers Market/Grove, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Dolby Theater and much more!

The Yellow Route, connecting Beverly Hills with Santa Monica, with stops including Rodeo Drive, 3rd Street Promenade, Fox Studios, Santa Monica Pier and more!

The Purple Route, serving Downtown Los Angeles, including Staples Center, Union Station, Olvera Street, Chinatown, Grand Central Market and many other attractions

The Green Route, visiting Venice Beach and Marina Del Rey, highlighting the world-famous Venice Beach Boardwalk and a long list of other fascinating attractions

Use our two connector lines to make quick transfers between the main routes:

The Blue Connector a 1-hour route bridging Universal Studios and Hollywood

The Orange Connector transporting guests from LAX-area hotels to Marina Del Re

Follow the route right for your day. Just refer to the timetable section of your brochure for the next scheduled bus.

If you decide to skip the hopping off portion of the tour, and ride the bus for its entirety here a few good things to know:

Tour duration is two hours.

Guide narration is available in nine languages.

From personal experience, my major tip for the Hop On Hop Off Los Angeles trip is to have your camera at the ready. There are so many sights to see and sometimes they can go by pretty fast!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Los Angeles to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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