Some Angelenos don’t realize that there’s a subway rumbling underneath their feet—or maybe they just choose to ignore it. The truth is, you can navigate large parts of Los Angeles without ever stepping foot in a car thanks to Metro.
People like to complain about L.A.’s supposedly paltry public transit offerings almost as much as they fume about traffic. Los Angeles Metro isn’t perfect: Light rail service can be slow, most bus routes sit in the same rush hour traffic as cars and many of us are still miles from the nearest subway station. But L.A.’s transit system should be a point of pride: Some of the B Line stations are practically underground art galleries—so much so that Metro conducts year-round tours of the stops.
Whether you’re visiting for the first time or fed up with your daily commute, use our beginner’s guide to the Los Angeles Metro to start your car-free adventure around the city.