Magic Mountain Six Flags...Help Please

Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:14 PM
Hi All,

I am visiting LA from Australia in March and I have already bought tickets online to six flags magic mountain. I am staying in Beverly hills and so far have no idea how I am going to get to six flags. I do not want to rent a car because the LA freeways will be too much for this Aussie. I have seen tours that take you there for $70 but that cost is high because it includes a ticket and I already have a ticket. My girlfriend is going to so we could split the fare for a taxi there and back but I don't know how much that will cost, or even if there will be a taxi to take us home. We plan on going on Sat March 28 2004.

If anybody has any advice, please post it or email me.

Thanks!

Lachlan

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:22 PM
I took a cab from Woodland Hills to SFMM and it cost a little more than $50 one-way. I'm not sure where Beverly Hills is in relation to Woodland Hills, but as you can see, a cab is a very expensive option.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:27 PM
Traffic going in that direction is not that bad from my experience. Other LA antives (Mamoosh , Kraxle) can set me straight if I'm wrong. T'would be a lot more convenient if you just rent a car and leave early to beat the crowd. Taxi....fuhgettaboutit! You're perhaps paying the same as the tour!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:29 PM
SFMM is so far out from the city, taking a taxi may end up costing you more than the $70.00 bus.

If possible, you might want to instead consider staying at one of the nearby hotels to the park. Many have complimentary shuttles to the SFMM.

I personally would reconsider renting a car if you are set on staying in BH. Although LA traffic is heavy, renting a car is your best bet for getting around LA.

Have a great trip, and post a trip report for us!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:36 PM
Hi Again,

I already have a hotel booked and paid for in BH. I would reconsider hiring a car if I knew I would be able to handle the freeways. Are they really bad?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:37 PM
I'm an LA native, been here most of my 38 years.

I'd have to agree, renting a car would be best. LA is a driving city. Out mass tranist is..well, it's not "mass." Our subway and light rail go nowhere anyone wants to go and it would take hours to get to SFMM by bus.

Don't be intimidated by the reputation of our freeways. Sure, you'll run into traffic but if you take a bus or cab you'll just be sitting in the very same traffic anyway.

From Beverly Hills you only have to take two interstates to get to SFMM. It's quite easy.

Email me if you have questions.

mOOSH

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:39 PM
alot of them are difficult to get around

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:50 PM
Difficult to get around? In which way?
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:50 PM
If you've driven in any major city, LA's freeways will not intimidate you. The only thing that's a little weird is the motorcycles passing you between the lanes.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:51 PM
Californians are quite predictable and reasonably safe drivers; the biggest problem is that there are an awful lot of them. The highways in CA are also very very well-marked---you'll know miles in advance of your exit that it is coming up.

I'd much rather drive in metro LA than, say, New York or Chicago, and I've done both.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:52 PM
OK...I guess I'll rent a car then. Can anybody advise what time I should set out If I want to arrive at MM by 9:30?

Thanks again for the great advice!

Lachlan

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 5:57 PM
Both true. Traffic is a way of life here. Accept it. Plan for it. Have alternative routes planned.

I'm happy to offer advice to anyone driving around LA. Sometimes the quickest way is not always the most direct!

lwross - even though it's only about 40 miles I'd give yourself 2 hours on a weekday, an hour on the weekend. That will give you time to plan for any accidents that might slow down traffic. If you're early there are restaurants at the SFMM Parkway exit where you can hang out and eat a good breakfast.

Again, email me if you need any other help.

mOOSH

*** Edited 2/17/2004 11:01:29 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:07 PM
Rent a car and get a good map. Just remember to drive on the right side of the road! :)
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:09 PM
The driving in LA was one of the funnest parts of my SoCal trip.

It was more exciting than most of SFMM's coasters ;)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:12 PM
I agree...on my first (and only) trip to SFMM, we were delayed....there was a gang fight on the interstate on my way there. THe winning gang stripped the other gang down naked and cut off their ears. Still sounds more enjoyable than Psyclone! Then the next day was the cinco de mayo riots at KBF. Ah...good times!!! ;)
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:16 PM
Now now - no need to scare the guy to death! It's not that bad.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:19 PM
Hey, I came out unscathed! It was just amusing :) I chose a bad time to go!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:20 PM
Hmmm, sounds scary but I guess I'll take the plunge. Off topic a bit but has anybody ventured south of the border to tijuana. There seem to be a few tour busses from LA and I have never been to Mexico...worth doing?

Thanks

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:21 PM
Don't be scared. It's really fine....I was jsut telling an amusing (yet true) story. If you want to be scared....come walk aroudn Baltimore at night :)
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004 6:24 PM
You'll be fine. Don't let Peabody's unusual experience scare you.

As for Tijuana...I haven't been there in about 20 years, but there are credits there. Check rcdb.com

mOOSH

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