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How to get to Laguna Beach

by skygirlnz Online Now Sep 7, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Hey!!

I am a bit lost and wondering what is the best way to get to Laguna Beach from Hollywood or Santa Monica.. I have been looking everywhere and unable to find the info on how to get there! I wont be able to hire a car which is a major downside so therefore will only be able to travel via public transport.

If anyone can help, that would be great.

Thanks.

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    Re: How to get to Laguna Beach

    by Badger1492 Online Now Sep 7, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    I'm an LA native and I can't imagine how you could do this without a car; "welcome to LA!" You could probably find some connections on public transport but I would imagine it would be pretty complicated and take all day. Try looking up the Greyhound bus service.

    Looking at the Amtrak route and station lists on line, there are no stations at Hollywood, Santa Monica, or Laguna.

    You might see if there is some type of shuttle bus service from LAX and/or Orange County Airport.

    What do you mean "I'm lost?"

    Badger

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    Re: How to get to Laguna Beach

    by RBCal Online Now Sep 7, 2007 at 3:36 PM

    Using Google Transit following are directions from LA's Union Station. You should also search the OCTA web site. LA is huge and difficult to get around without a car.

    http://www.google.com/transit
    http://www.octa.net

    Los Angeles Union Station Platform (about 5 mins)

    Board the Metrolink LAOC - Metrolink: LA - Orange County Line
    3:55pm Depart Los Angeles Union Station Platform
    1 hour 7 mins
    5:02pm Arrive Irvine Transportation Center Platform

    Board the Metrolink LAOC - Metrolink: LA - Orange County Line
    3:55pm Depart Los Angeles Union Station Platform
    5:02pm Arrive Irvine Transportation Center Platform

    Transfer to the Orange County Transportation Authority 188 - Laguna Hills-Irvine via Moulton/Alton/Ridge Rte (31 mins to make transfer)
    5:33pm Depart Irvine Trans CTR Dock 2
    23 mins
    5:56pm Arrive Moulton-El Toro

    Transfer to the Orange County Transportation Authority 188 - Laguna Hills-Irvine via Moulton/Alton/Ridge Rte
    5:33pm Depart Irvine Trans CTR Dock 2
    5:56pm Arrive Moulton-El Toro

    Transfer to the 89 - Laguna Beach - Mission Viejo (5 mins to make transfer)
    6:01pm Depart El Toro-Moulton
    13 mins
    6:14pm Arrive Laguna Canyon-Festival of the Arts

    Transfer to the 89 - Laguna Beach - Mission Viejo
    6:01pm Depart El Toro-Moulton
    6:14pm Arrive Laguna Canyon-Festival of the Arts

    Walk to Laguna Beach, CA (about 4 mins)

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    Re: How to get to Laguna Beach

    by RBCal Online Now Sep 7, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Note Google Transit is buggy it listed the first and last transfers twice.

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    Re: How to get to Laguna Beach

    by bocmaxima Online Now Sep 7, 2007 at 3:41 PM

    MetroLink is the train to Orange County, but it doesn't go to Laguna Beach.
    http://www.metrolinktrains.com/
    You'd have to take the subway (Red Line) in Hollywood to Union Station and then take a MetroLink, then get a bus. Which station you go to depends on which bus you want.
    OCTA is the Orange County bus system:
    http://www.octa.net/
    Orange County has a terrible public transit system, mainly designed that way on purpose. Those posh little beach communities in OC are particularly hard to access because very few people don't have access to a car.
    I looked at it, and there are two buses to Laguna Beach: one from Irvine and one that goes all the way down the PCH from Long Beach. The latter would take forever, but you'd get to see that whole stretch of the PCH including Huntington and Newport. Huntington is kind of interesting.
    But, also, there's really not much in Laguna Beach. If you're going there because of the TV show, don't, because you'll be able to see the same sort of upper-class California culture in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and other parts of West LA that are MUCH more accessible and closer to your other destinations.
    hth

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    Re: How to get to Laguna Beach

    by HarmoniousBotch Online Now Sep 7, 2007 at 9:21 PM

    Is it absolutely impossible for you to rent a car? It really is the only practical transportation in coastal Orange county. Public transportation there is not good.

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