Union Station

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Union Station
Photograph: Anthony Rubano
Union Station.

Opened in 1939 on the site of the original Chinatown, it was the last of the great American rail stations to be built, at a cost at the time of $11 million. By 1971, just seven passenger trains a day were running here; however, it's a bit busier today, and its Mission-style exterior, marble floors, high ceilings and decorative tiles make it a handsome place. However, don't confuse it with the Spanish colonial post office that stands next to it.

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Venue name: Union Station
Address: 800 N Alameda St
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Todd N

One of LA's most historic pieces in Downtown Los Angeles where transportation and history meet.  Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) houses a number of transportation options including light rail, commuter rail, buses, etc.  If you're not from around here, getting here is super easy!


LAUS is more of a place to visit and see and not so much to stay around as there isn't much to do.  It's a great place to take a couple of quick pictures and walk down the main concourse.  There aren't many restaurants/places to eat in here as it's only a couple of small food vendors, a Starbucks, a convenience store, and some bakeries.  The only restaurant per se is Traxx, and it's definitely pricey!


If you're looking for a bite to eat and spare some time for adventures, head over to Chinatown and Olvera Street for some good eats.  If you're really willing to go outside a bit, take the Metro into DTLA proper and/or Little Tokyo for some other awesome food! 

Michael J
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If everyone train station looked like this, people would take public transit all the time. Union Station is just such a timelessly beautiful building. As much as I loathe the long walk from the Gold Line to the Red Line, at least it gives you an excuse to pop your head into the exquisite waiting hall.

Brittany M

LA's Union Station is compact, efficient and easy to navigate, plus it maintains a nice Art Deco style which sets you in a pleasant mood for your travels. Train travel can be overlooked in Southern California, but it makes for a great (traffic free!) way to move up and down the coast. 

Stephanie C

Union Station is a beautiful spot in Los Angeles. While I've caught the Surf Liner here to go to Santa Barbara, I also love that they get involved in the community and have had operas here and other events. It's a beautiful spot to even just walk around.