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Los Angeles charter bus rentals

Los Angeles charter bus rentals

Los Angeles, California is the second most populated city in the US, famous for its tall palm trees and unlimited supply of sunshine.

Whether you’re planning a Disneyland group trip, a Hollywood history tour, or a Malibu surf excursion, there’s an LA bus rental that can handle your trip. Use our online booking tool to find a Los Angeles charter bus, then ask our booking specialists as many questions as you need. They’re there to ensure your California trip goes off without a hitch. With Bus.com, charter bus travel is simple, budget-friendly, and comfortable.

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What is Bus.com?

Bus.com is a marketplace for charter buses, connecting event organizers and bus suppliers. We help you set up transportation to and from any type of events by partnering with reliable and vetted bus companies across North America.

What determines the price of a Los Angeles charter bus rental?

Charter bus rental prices in Los Angeles vary depending on a several factors including the date of your trip, total distance on the road, driver’s time on duty, availability of buses in Los Angeles, and the time of the year during your request. By working closely with our bus partners, we are also able to bring you the best prices available.

Where do you get your Los Angeles buses from?

Our network of trusted charter bus partners spans across all of North America. Through our vetting process, we are able to build strong relationships with local bus companies. This allows us to provide exceptional charter bus service in Los Angeles at competitive prices.

How do I rent a bus in Los Angeles with a driver?

Each charter bus rental in Los Angeles includes its own bus driver, so you won’t have to worry about finding one for your trip! Both driver’s gratuity and hotel accommodations are included in our charter bus rental prices.

What kind of bus rentals can I book in Los Angeles?

You can book a school bus rental, coach bus rental, mini coach bus rental, or minibus rental in Los Angeles depending on how far you’re traveling and the amenities you require.

How soon do I have to book my charter bus rental in Los Angeles?

Prices tend to increase as you get closer to your trip date, so it is recommended that you rent a charter bus earlier rather than later. With our Book Now, Pay Later policy, you can take advantage of early booking. Make a reservation now, but only pay for it 21 days before your trip.

Wedding bus rentals in Los Angeles

Knock down another item off your wedding planning list with an easy wedding bus rental in Los Angeles. Whether you need a fully equipped coach to get your bridal crew comfortably to your ceremony or minibus rentals to shuttle your guests from the airport to their hotels, we'll help you find a vehicle that's perfectly suited for all your wedding transportation needs.
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Planning your Wedding Group Travel

Planning a wedding is thrilling – but it can also become hectic, fast. Securing your dream venue, picking out the perfect floral arrangements, and putting the final touches on your wedding invitations are only a few of the things that you need to check off your to-do list. We can help you find a bit of peace of mind by taking care of your wedding transportation with a bus rental in Los Angeles. Whether you’re looking to rent a party bus or a school bus, we’ll make sure you have the perfect vehicle for all your wedding needs.

Wedding Transportation

Your wedding will be one for the books, and the transportation leading up to your big event should be on the same level. From a mini bus rental for a pre-wedding photoshoot at the Huntington Library and Gardens to a luxury bus rental in Los Angeles to drive you and your bridal party to your ceremony with style, we’ll make sure that you find wedding transportation fit for all your needs.

Shuttles for Guests

One of the best parts of a wedding is having all your loved ones come together to celebrate. While some of your guests may live in the city, others may be flying in from out of town to LAX. We’ll help you set up transportation for all your guests, whether that requires a bus rental in Los Angeles to shuttle them from the airport to their hotels or to drive them directly to your venue. No matter if your reception is held at The Ebell or the Taglyan Cultural Complex, our logistics experts will help you organize the most convenient routes to best accommodate your guests.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Party

Renowned for its vibrant city life, Los Angeles crawls with fun spots for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Whether you’re refining your cooking skills at HipCooks or partying it up poolside at The Standard, you’ll definitely be having the grandest of times. Your transportation from one location to another should live up to the same expectations. With a party bus rental in Los Angeles for you and your crew, you’ll be sure to arrive comfortably and in style at each spot.

Bridal Shower

A bit of pre-wedding pampering is always a good idea, especially when it involves a relaxing spa session at The Ritz-Carlton Spa or wine tasting celebrations with your closest friends at Malibu Wines. With so many activities to do, make moving from one location to another easy for your guests with a mini bus rental. With their bus travel expertise, our logistics specialists will help you plan the best itinerary to conveniently travel to all your spots.

Engagement Party

Celebrate your new fiancé status by throwing an awesome party surrounded by all your friends and family. Whether you decide to toast your engagement with some fine traditional Italian cuisine at Il Cielo or with a small and intimate gathering at Redbird, your guests should have an easy way to come to your event. Help people skip expensive parking fees and avoid the pains of traffic by renting a bus in Los Angeles to move your whole party to the venue.

Sports teams bus rentals in Los Angeles

Move your sports teams safely to their practices and big tournaments, or make it easy for you and your whole crew to get to your favorite team's next game with a charter sport bus rental in Los Angeles. From school bus rentals to mini bus rentals, charter a vehicle that's the right fit for all your group transportation needs.
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Planning your Sports Teams Group Travel

Winning the championship title would be the ultimate reward for all the hard work your sports team has put in. Between practices and competitive matches, the season is filled with challenges your team has to face – and that adds up to a lot of pressure. Let us help take some of that off your plate by organizing transportation for your sports team with a bus rental in Los Angeles. Whether you need a school bus or a mini bus, we’ll make sure you find a vehicle that’s perfectly suited for your team’s needs.

Out-of-Town Tournaments

Rival games in other cities are stressful enough. Let us make the ride there as smooth as possible, so your team can enjoy some downtime to rest up or go over their game plan. From minibuses for shuttling teams with a smaller roster to a fully equipped coach bus best suited for longer distances with amenities such as power outlets, extra storage room, and a bathroom, we’ll help you find the perfect vehicle for your sports team’s transportation needs.

Team Practices

Efficient prep time is your team’s key to reaching that big championship game. Make sure both players and coaches spend their efforts wisely and get to practices on time, whether they’re held at the John Elway Stadium or the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center. Our logistics experts will help you charter a bus in Los Angeles to pick your team up from one departure point, or to make several pit stops along the way to best accommodate everyone.

Shuttles for Airport and Hotel Transfers

Make it easy for athletes, coaches, and your entire support staff to move from Los Angeles International Airport to your hotel. With a coach bus rental in Los Angeles with room for your team’s sports equipment and baggage, our bus specialists will help you plan the most convenient routes for your airport transfer.

Support Your Home Team

Grab your best fan paraphernalia, and go cheer on your favourite team, whether it’s the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center or the LA Dodgers at the Dodger Stadium. Wherever your team plays next, we’ll make sure you arrive to the game safely and on time. Rent a bus in Los Angeles to avoid expensive parking and get ahead of game time traffic.

Dodger Stadium

As its name would suggest, Dodger Stadium is the home of Los Angeles Dodgers. It is notable for being the third-oldest MLB stadium in the country, after only Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The stadium has hosted numerous World Series championships and even hosted baseball games during the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

Address: 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
Phone: +1 866-363-4377

Corporate bus rentals in Los Angeles

Charter a bus in Los Angeles for easy and reliable transportation for your company, and all its corporate events or conference needs. From mini bus rentals for shuttle service between airport and hotels to coach bus rentals for a team building off-site, we'll help you figure out which bus rental is most suited for your corporate transportation needs.
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Planning your Corporate Group Travel

Corporate culture is part of what distinguishes a good company from an exceptional one. Organizing team retreats, offsite meetings, or group outings to conferences can help you foster a positive environment that encourages growth, collaboration, and communication amongst your employees. We’ll help you easily move your whole team to all these group activities with a bus rental in Los Angeles. Whether you are looking for a school bus rental or mini bus rentals, we’ll make sure you find a vehicle that’s perfectly suited for all your corporate transportation needs.

Corporate Retreats and Team Outings

From a custom camp experience for your team at Camp No Counselor to a walking food tour around the city with Six Taste, group activities are the best way for employees to get to know each other and build meaningful relationships. But, why wait until you get there? Make the most out of your time together by hosting team building activities on the bus while on the way to your event. No matter where your next company retreat is happening, we’ll help you rent a school bus or a minibus for easy shuttling in Los Angeles.

Off-Site Meetings

Help boost employees’ creativity and morale with an offsite meeting, whether it’s with your entire company or for a specific department. Rent a minibus for a small team or a well-equipped coach bus with enough space for your laptop and a WiFi option, so you’ll be ready to take any calls on your way to your destination.

Conferences and Tradeshows

Whether your conference is held at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel or the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, arrive safely and on time to your destination with the help of the professional drivers we work with. You’ll be able to remain connected while en route to your big networking event by renting a professional coach bus with all the amenities you need, like power outlets, reclining seats, and on-board bathrooms.

Shuttles for Airport and Hotel Transfers

Flying into Los Angeles International Airport? With a charter bus rental in Los Angeles, our logistics specialists will help you plan customized routes to move your team from the airport directly to their hotel, or to make pit stops on the way to accommodate everybody.

Find the right bus

When you book with us, you can choose from a variety of vehicle options in your area, curated by availability, budget, and amenities.

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Student bus rentals in Los Angeles 

Los Angeles is full of exciting destinations for students of all ages. From museums to world-famous campuses to iconic sites, Tinseltown is the perfect place to plan a field trip or student group outing.

Book a bus using our online booking tool or rely on our award-winning booking agents to help plan your itinerary and choose a bus that fits your group’s needs. Bus.com is there with you every step of the way, with 24/7trip support to help keep your group comfortable and safe while exploring LA.

LA field trip bus rentals

Popular field trip destinations abound in Los Angeles, and a charter bus rental is a great, cost-effective choice when visiting any of them.
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And educational tour of Los Angeles

Traveling with students can be a handful, but we’re here to help. Whether you’ve got a class of first-graders itching to see the fossils at the Museum of Natural History or your 8th-grade class is attending an anti-bullying workshop at the Museum of Tolerance, Bus.com can handle every aspect of your transportation.

Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens

The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens are a beautifully maintained 7.5-acre outdoor paradise! The gardens are open to the public year-round and are full of lush tropical and subtropical plants from Mediterranean shrubs to native Hawaiian species. The Gardens also offer free guided tours for 1st–12th-grade students—a great option for budget-conscious student groups.

Address: 707 Tiverton Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90095, United States
Phone: +1 310-825-1260

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Take your students on an underwater adventure, right under the Santa Monica Pier! LA’s Heal the Bay Aquarium is home to over 100 local aquatic species from California moray eels to sea cucumbers! The Aquarium has award-winning educational programs and activities dedicated to environmental conservation, and also hosts 2-hour morning or afternoon field trips Monday through Friday—just perfect for your next field trip!

Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Phone: +1 310-393-6149

LA Zoo

The LA Zoo is an exciting sanctuary for over 1000 animals, from Asian elephants to Chinese giant salamanders! The zoo has over 133-acres of exhibits, shows, and special activities specially tailored to student groups. It offers docent-guided tours every day as well as special, up-close educational opportunities with some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors!

Address: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone: +1 323-644-4200

Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory is perched on the south side of Mount Hollywood and is one of the best lookout points in the entire city (and a great spot to check out the iconic Hollywood sign). The observatory is home to a school program offered exclusively to 5th-graders and features a two-and-a-half-hour tour of the facilities including the observatory’s famous Zeiss telescope, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater.

Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Phone: +1 213-473-0800

Disneyland Park

There isn’t much that needs to be said about the legendary Disneyland. This Anaheim, California institution is the original Disney park, and it was the only Disney playground to be built in its entirety under the supervision of Walt Disney himself. Today, it continues to be one of the world’s top amusement parks, and is well worth a visit.

Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, United States
Phone: +1 714-781-4636

Los Angeles campus tour bus rentals

LA is home to the University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Los Angeles; and dozens of world-class private colleges.
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Touring LA's campuses

Los Angeles is a must-visit city for students thinking about studying in California. One of the biggest challenges in running a successful campus tour is making sure your group has time to see everything. The mobility of a charter bus will make sure your group gets the most out of their tour with all of the faculties, residences, and surrounding neighborhoods only a short hop away.

University of Southern California (USC)

One of the oldest Universities in California, the University of Southern California (USC) is a well-respected public research university with most of its campus located downtown in Exposition Park. The University’s grounds have been featured in many films and are dotted with public artworks and high profile gallery space, making them a tourist destination in their own right. The school is also well-known for its athletics program, having produced more Olympic contenders than any other university in the US!

Address: Los Angeles, CA 90007, United States
Phone: (213) 740-8500

California State University

California State University is an impressive network of 23 campuses enrolling over 450 000 students making it one of the largest university organizations in the United States. In addition to highly regarded engineering, teaching, and information technology degrees, the university has enjoyed incredible success in its Athletics department, notably in women’s soccer and track and field, as well as men’s basketball and baseball.

Address: 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: +1 562-951-4000

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a leader among research universities with an impressive academic pedigree, being responsible for 14 Nobel Laureates and 13 MacArthur fellows since its founding in 1919. UCLA is hardly a slouch in the athletics department, either. UCLA counts Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jackie Robinson among their alumni, and their basketball team, the bruins, have won over 100 NCAA championships!

Address: Los Angeles, CA 90095, United States
Phone: +1 310-825-4321

Los Angeles airport bus rentals

When it comes to getting your group from the tarmac to its hotel, multiple taxis or public transport isn’t the most efficient or cost-effective option. Instead, consider booking a comfortable, cost-effective shuttle bus for your next group trip to LA.
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Airport transportation made easy

Each of LAX’s nine terminals has a convenient charter bus pick-up point, and our mini coach and full-sized coach buses have plenty of storage space for your group’s baggage. You won’t even have to worry about directions as our vetted drivers know the city in and out, and they’ll plot an efficient route to get your group settled in their hotels as quickly as possible.

Los Angeles International Airport

Located just 18 miles southwest of downtown, Los Angeles Internation Airport (often referred to as LAX) serves as a hub for more airline companies than anywhere else in the United States and is the West Coast’s primary gateway for anyone traveling into or out of the United States.

Address: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States
Phone: +1 855-463-5252

Ontario International Airport

The Ontario International Airport is located just two miles from downtown Ontario, California, and 38 miles from downtown LA. It’s the third-largest airport serving the greater LA area and carries mostly domestic flights as well as a pair of international routes to Mexico and Taiwan.

Address: 2500 E Airport Dr, Ontario, CA 91761
Phone: 1 909-544-5300

John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport was renamed for the famous actor in 1979 and is the second busiest airport in the greater LA area. The airport is just three miles from downtown Burbank, California, and only 14 miles from The Disneyland Resort.

Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707, United States
Phone:+1 909-544-5300

Hollywood Burbank Airport

Formerly Bob Hope Airport, Hollywood Burbank Airport is just three miles from downtown Burbank, California, and is a major hub for flights from other major cities in the western US. The airport can be a great alternative to LAX as it is actually closer to Griffith Park, Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles.

Address: 2627 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505, United States
Phone: +1 818-840-8840

Long Beach Airport

Long Beach Airport is just three miles from downtown Long Beach and only 20 miles from LAX but is still the 10th busiest airport in the US! The airport offers only domestic flights but is a great option for your group if you’re headed to Orange County, Disneyland, or Knott’s Berry Farm.

Address: 4100 Donald Douglas Dr, Long Beach, CA 90808, United States
Phone: +1 562-570-2600

Weekend trips from Los Angeles

What’s more iconic than a weekend road trip across California? There are dozens of unique and affordable destinations for student groups near Los Angeles: Stargaze in Joshua Tree; Go an epic spring break vacation in Laguna Beach; Enjoy a pastoral wine tour in the quaint, nearby town of Ojai; or Surf some of the best beaches in the world in Malibu. All of these destinations and more are only a short hop away with the rental of a charter bus from bus.com.

Weekend bus rentals

Our minibuses and classic school buses can get your group there on a dime, or if you’re looking to splurge a little—our mini coach buses and full-sized coaches are built for comfort and can be equipped with a range of amenities to keep your group on cloud nine.
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Beach Escapes

With dozens of incredible beaches dotted up and down the coast from LA, there’s a beach for every occasion. There are tucked-away beaches like Paradise Cove at the base of the Ramirez Canyon Creeks, perfect cliffside beaches for hikers and rock climbers at Point Dume State Beach, and relaxing tide pools found at El Matador State Beach—just to name a few!

Amusement Parks

Just as iconic as the sun and surf, California’s theme parks draw crowds from all over the world! Enjoy Tinseltown at its best at Universal Studios Hollywood, cool off in the huge waterpark at Knott’s Berry Farm and Soak City, ride the rollercoasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain, or build a longlasting family memory at Legoland California Resort. All these theme parks and more are within an hour of downtown LA!

Surf’s Up

Malibu is one of the surfing capitals of the world—only a short charter bus ride from downtown LA! It’s home to some unbelievable white sandy surf beaches that are perfect for surf kings and queens of any skill level. From the easy-going isolated beaches of County Line or Zuma beach to the reliable waves of Topanga or surfrider beach. There’s a beach for the beach bum in all of us.

Arts & Culture in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is synonymous with showbiz attractions, but those only scratch the surface of the remarkable arts & culture venues around town. A charter bus rental is an efficient and cost-effective way to get your group to all of them — with a pick-up and drop-off itinerary all your own!
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Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art

With over 7000 pieces, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has one of the most impressive collections of contemporary art on the planet. The collection is actually split between the museum’s primary location on Grand Avenue in downtown LA and a satellite building, the Geffen Contemporary,  in LA’s Little Tokyo which typically hosts more recent works, often by lesser-known, up-and-coming artists.

Address: 250 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
Phone: +1 213-626-6222

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum (often referred to as the Getty) is actually two separate campuses: the main branch, located in the Brentwood neighborhood, houses a wealth of European paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photography, while the second branch, the Getty Villa, is in Malibu and features works from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, United States
Phone: +1 310-440-7300

The Dolby Theatre

The regal, Art Deco-inspired Dolby Theatre was conceived as a fitting venue for high-profile red-carpet Hollywood events. As such, the theatre has been specially outfitted with state-of-the-art infrastructure for broadcasting its events all over the world! In addition to hosting the Oscars and the Academy Awards, the theatre hosts a wide variety of shows including performances by Cirque du Soleil and live tapings of America’s Got Talent.

Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028, United States
Phone:+1 323-308-6300

Chateau Marmont

Chateau Marmont is a landmark found on Sunset Boulevard. Even though the design of the hotel is significant (it draws its inspiration from French gothic architecture), it’s most-famous for its history as a celebrity hang-out. Some of the most prominent names from both Old Hollywood and New Hollywood have a connection of some kind to the Chateau — including the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, and James Franco.

Address: 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, United States
Phone:+1 323-308-6300

Hollywood Sign

Everyone wants that one photo-op of the Hollywood Sign, but did you know that it is actually possible to get a completely different view by hiking to the sign? The trail starts either near the Griffith Observatory or near the Lake Hollywood Reservoir.

Los Angeles Neighborhoods

The urban area of Los Angeles is sprawling, vast — within this city there are multiple other smaller cities, each one hiding adventures to explore. The city and cities within it are so large that they were truly designed for cars (or, buses). Here is an overview of some of the most well-known LA neighborhoods that are best explored via charter bus.
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Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is a city within a city, and it’s worth a visit for anyone seeking the quintessential LA experience. From the world-famous shops of Rodeo Drive, to the grand homes of some of the world’s most famous people, Beverly Hills is a popular stop on an arts tour of the city. Some of the famous landmarks around Beverly Hills include the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and the Electric Fountain.

Hollywood

Hollywood is not an independent city itself but a neighborhood within Los Angeles. Found roughly within the city’s center, it is world-famous for being the nucleus of the film industry in the United States, a role that it has held since the early 1900s.

Music festivals near Los Angeles

California is famous for its sunny weather, and some of the county’s best music festivals are held in and around Los Angeles every year. Festivals like HARD at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Lightning in a Bottle in the Central Valley, or the legendary Coachella festival all guarantee incredible memories for those in attendance.

 

 

For larger groups, renting a charter bus or minibus is a cost-effective way to safely get your group to the hottest festivals of the season. All our buses include a professional driver, and when you book through our online bus quote tool, their accommodation and gratuity are already factored in!

Popular events in Los Angeles

With year-round sunshine, it’s just about always a beautiful day to do something exciting in LA. Whether you’re planning a road trip to the LA County Fair, a fan pilgrimage to the Anime Expo, or a literary tour of the LA Times Festival of Books, a charter bus rental from Bus.com is a safe, comfortable, and sustainable transport solution for your events in Los Angeles

Coachella

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio every year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival features art installations, sculptures, and of course, live musical performances from across the musical spectrum. Past performers are a who’s who list of industry greats and have included Beyonce, Coldplay, Childish Gambino, Paul McCartney, and Ariana Grande, just to name a few. The Coachella grounds are just a short drive from Los Angeles. 

Anime Expo

Every year for the first weekend in July, Anime Expo descends on the Los Angeles Convention Center in a celebration of anime, manga, video games, cosplay, and Japanese culture.  Highlights of the four-day convention include guest panel discussions, contests, competitions, concerts, a masquerade, a charity auction, and more.

Los Angeles County Fair

In a tradition that dates back to 1922, the annual Los Angeles County Fair has served as the historic link between California’s agricultural industry and the public. Today, the fall fair features petting zoos, a fully functioning farm, a miniature garden railway, marching bands, a whole slew of exciting rides, and delicious county fair snacks and drinks.

LA Times Festival of Books

Love a good book? The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a free public festival held at the University of Southern California on the last weekend in April that celebrates the written word. It’s the largest of its kind in the country and regularly draws upwards of 150,000 visitors every year.

Holidays in Los Angeles

The holidays are a great time to plan a special event. You might be organizing a hike over Thanksgiving weekend, or maybe a family BBQ for the 4th of July. Whatever your plans over the holidays in Los Angeles, a charter bus rental from Bus.com is ideal for getting your group around.

The holiday season in Los Angeles

It might be sunny and 68 degrees in December, but Los Angeles has lots going on for the holiday season to get you feeling festive. Some of the city’s best-known traditions include the Enchanted Forest of Light in Descanso Gardens, the charming Marina del Rey Boat Parade, and of course, ice skating in Pershing Square.

NYE in Los Angeles

Los Angeles’s restaurants, clubs, and bars go all out for New Year’s Eve, but for most locals, New Year’s Eve is all about The Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl college football game that follows. The events draw over a million spectators every year, with millions more tuning in to catch the live TV coverage.

The 4th of July in Los Angeles

Los Angeles spares no expense in celebrating the country’s birthday, and it’s home to loads of recurring annual celebrations. Some of our favorites include the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade, the Marina Del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show and the July Fourth Late Night BBQ at Aquarium of the Pacific

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Thanksgiving can be a time to relax and get a nap in, but with all that’s going on in Los Angeles, you likely won’t want to. Some of the city’s best recurring events are The Great Los Angeles Walk, the whimsical Moonlight Forest lantern festival at the LA County Arboretum, and ICE at Santa Monica.

The greatest LA neighborhoods

Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the United States after New York. LA has hundreds of neighborhoods and districts, spread out along boulevards and freeways, from the mountains to the ocean, with 88 towns in its greater area. Its climate is Mediterranean — which means it's warm and dry the majority of the year.

Downtown Los Angeles

DTLA is where top leaders, young professionals, fashion influencers, street artists, and foodies choose to work hard and play hard. “LA LIVE” is the entertainment district that includes the STAPLES Center and the Nokia Theatre. The Arts District is the most inspired area of LA when it comes to creativity. 

 

If you enjoy science, ask your charter bus driver to bring you 4 miles south to see University Park, Exposition Park, and The Coliseum Complex. The museums include the California Science Center and  the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. East of the Downtown lies the San Gabriel Valley, home to the Observatory, the Rose Parade, Cal Tech, LA Arboretum, Santa Anita Race Track, and NASCAR.

The Hollywoods

Hollywood is synonymous with the entire US movie industry. The Hollywood Walk of Fame has the history of movie legends embedded into it, literally. There are studios everywhere — the likes of Netflix and Paramount among them. East Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Hollywood have distinctly different energies: West Hollywood is buzzing with an energetic party-vibe, while East Hollywood is full of dining experiences. The food here is exotic and experimental, from Peruvian cuisine to Korean fermented dishes. Follow up with a short bus ride to Orange County to the south or Six Flags Magic Mountain to the north. 

Central Los Angeles

Directly west of downtown is the Central Los Angeles area, including Koreatown, Miracle Mile, the Fairfax District, and Beverly Grove. Let your charter bus drive you up the Fairfax to experience the “old LA charm”. Beverly Grove is a synonym for “malls”, with an old-school Beverly Center on one end and The Grove on another. The Grove is a very “LA” experience: a gigantic outdoor mall with movies and eateries. Do not miss the Farmer’s Market full of crafty foods and super-niche novelty shops. To continue the trip, follow the Miracle Mile for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ice Age La Brea Tar Pits, and more. Hop out at Beverly Hills: posh, lavish, and tidy, it is a living testament to the LA dream.

Westside

The Westside stretches to the Pacific Ocean and includes Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Brentwood Village, and Westwood. Venice may have some stereotypes-come-true, but it also offers eclectic shops, performers, and galleries on Ocean Front Walk and Abbot Kinney. Santa Monica is all about its beaches. The TV Show “Baywatch” was mostly shot in Santa Monica, not Malibu — most of the Malibu beaches are private.

 

The Venice Canals Historic District is Abbot Kinney’s attempt to replicate the canals of Venice, Italy. Marina del Rey is the center of recreational boating in LA, and one of the few places visitors can get out onto the open water. Activities include fishing trips, kayaking, sailboating, and powerboat rentals, as well as cocktail and brunch cruises. For a change of pace, head to Playa del Rey. This isolated little beach town with white sand beaches is slow-paced, restful, and serene.

The Valley

“The Valley” refers to the San Fernando Valley. The Valley used to be a toned-down living district full of malls. However, it has changed to enhance its tight-knit, friendly community atmosphere with creativity — now it is a destination for bars, restaurants, and community theaters. Burbank has become an extension of Hollywood with major studios such Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, and Disney stationed here.