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City Guide

Basic Information

  • Population (2017): 3,999,759 residents citywide and 13,131,431 residents in the metro area.
  • Area Codes: 213, 310, 323, & 818
  • Tax: 15.5% Hotel Tax on Hotel Rooms, 9.75% Sales Tax on purchases.
  • Weather: January/February- high: 67°F(19.5°C) low: 48°F(9°C), June/July high 80°F(27°C) low 60°F(15.5°C). Annual average temperature: 74°F(23°C).
  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time PST – November to March. Pacific Daylight – April to October.
  • Credit Cards and Charge Cards are widely accepted. ATM machines can be found in many major downtown department stores, hotels, and the Convention Center.
  • Currency Exchange kiosks are conveniently located at the airport in the departure halls of every terminal, as well as in the arrival halls at Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminals 2, 5, and 6.

Historical Information

  • The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.
  • In 1923, Los Angeles produced one quarter of the world's oil. It still sits atop the third-largest oil field in the country!
  • Disneyland Park opened in nearby Anaheim in 1955. It was given the nickname the "Happiest Place on Earth."
  • Super Bowl I took place at the historical Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1967.
  • Wolfgang Puck opened Spago on the Sunset Strip in 1982, inaugurating a new era of California Cuisine and making LA a city of foodies.
  • In 2000, a section of East Hollywood was designated as America's first and only Thai Town. So many ethnic Thais live in Los Angeles (roughly 80,000), that the city is sometimes referred to as Thailand's 77th province.

Tipping Guidelines

  • Hotel Personnel/Porterage: $2.00-$3.00 per parcel or bag of luggage.
  • Restaurants: 15%-20% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb for tipping.
  • Hotel Valet: $3.00-$4.00 to attendant.
  • Housekeeping Services: $3.00 per day.
  • Concierge Services: $5.00 +.
  • Taxi: 15% of total.


By Air:

The city (and its surrounding area) has several airports, to make arrival into the city as easy as possible.
  • Los Angeles International (LAX) - The fifth busiest passenger airport in the world, with more than 55 million people passing through every year.
  • Bob Hope - Burbank (BUR) -The closest airport to Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley and Downtown LA. America West, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines operate out of BUR.
  • LA/Ontario International (ONT) - A medium-hub, full-service airport with commercial jet service to major U.S. cities and international destinations. ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California.
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) - Among the top five busiest general aviation airports in the world, and serves nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually. Direct flights are offered throughout the United States on such airlines as JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, ExpressJet and US Airways. Long Beach Airport is located just 25 miles from Downtown Los Angeles.

Airport Transfers:

The FlyAway Bus Service provides frequent, nonstop transportation between LAX, Downtown, and Union Station (near downtown Los Angeles). Tickets can be purchased from the FlyAway kiosk at Union Station’s Patsaouras terminal.

FlyAway departs from Union Station and LAX every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., and each hour from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. FlyAway buses run 24 hours a day. FlyAway service from LAX to Westwood (UCLA area) runs from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every 30 minutes. Prices are $9.75 each way from Union Station; $10.00 each way from Westwood.

The following taxi companies service Los Angeles International Airport:

Getting around the city:

Metro Rail System
Easy-to-use and environmentally friendly color-coded subway, light-rail and rapid bus transit lines offer visitors an affordable way of getting from one destination to the next. The base fare to ride the Metro Rail is $1.75.
  • The Metro Blue Line (light rail) runs north and south between Long Beach and LA.
  • The Metro Green Line (light rail) runs east and west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach.
  • The Metro Red Line (subway) meets the Blue Line in LA and provides service through Downtown, the Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, where it meets the Metro Orange Line (rapid bus transit), which runs from North Hollywood to the Warner Center in Woodland Hills.
  • The Metro Purple Line (subway) runs between Union Station, Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue.
  • The Metro Gold Line (light rail) connects with the Red Line at Union Station and runs to Pasadena.
DASH Downtown Bus
DASH is a quick way to get around L.A. for only 50 cents! Six routes serve the Downtown area with stops at major tourist and business locations. Buses depart weekdays every 8-15 minutes from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. See DASH site for weekend services.
  • Route A – Little Tokyo to City West
  • Route B – Chinatown to Financial District
  • Route C – Financial District to South Park
  • Route D – Union Station to South Park
  • Route E – City West to Fashion District
  • Route F – Financial District to Exposition Park/USC