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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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!!! ;)
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?