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Downtown to Getty center, bus or car rental

cape coral florida
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Downtown to Getty center, bus or car rental

We are staying in Downtown area but one of our trips will take us far west to the Getty Center. Yes, I see the distance on the maps between the two sights and am trying to minimize the travel between them. In terms of actual time travel with a 9:00 departure on bus 720 and a connect to bus 761, how long a trip would you estimate? ( By the way, where exactly is the 761 departure location?). The other alternative is to rent a car at Union Station and drive US 10 to US 405 to the Getty--can you estimate the driving time at 9:00 am? Is it worth the time and cost to rent the car, at least in terms of saving substantial travel time? Hard to tell from just the maps. Thanks.

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1. Re: Downtown to Getty center, bus or car rental

Travel time depends on the day of week You'll be going.

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2. Re: Downtown to Getty center, bus or car rental

Bus 720 stops at Wilshire Blvd. and Westwood Blvd. and bus 761 will pick you up at that same intersection.

I suspect if you leave at about 10AM you'd save substantial time driving. At 9AM on a weekday it would be a little more dicey as you'd be hitting the tail end of rush hour traffic.

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3. Re: Downtown to Getty center, bus or car rental

The best website for estimating time on public transit is METRO.NET as traffic conditions are built into the estimated times. For a weekday, starting at the Hilton Checkers (your other thread mentioned this hotel) to the Getty would involve the following if you want to depart the hotel at 9:00: (the following is from the METRO.NET website):

1. At 9:00 a.m., walk from the hotel, westbound on 5th Street, 2 blocks to the corner of 5th Street & Figueroa St.

2. Ride Commuter Express #422 Bus (marked "VENTURA BL-TOPANGA CYN") heading north from the southeast corner of Figueroa St & 5th Street. Pay $1.90 + $0.25 for Transfer. Leave at 09:11AM. Arrive at the northwest corner of the intersection of the 101 FRWY RAMP & VAN NUYS BLVD at 09:44AM.

3. Walk one block north on Van Nuys Blvd & Transfer to Metro Rapid Bus #761 (marked 'WESTWOOD') heading south from the northwest corner of the intersection of VAN NUYS BLVD & HUSTON ST at 09:48AM. (Use the transfer ticket from the previous bus as fare for this bus). Arrive at the southwest corner of Sepulveda Bl & Getty Center Drive at 10:10 a.m.

Total transfer time (door-to-door) is 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Note: the Commuter Express Bus in step #2 is only available during 'rush hours' on weekdays. You could take the #720 + #761 but that would take 10 minutes longer (but cost 65-cents less).

If your transfer is on a weekend, the #720 + #761 option is the only one available (or the #20 + #761 -- which would take longer) and it takes about the same time or a little bit longer than the weekday version (depending on which weekend day you transfer). It might surprise you that the weekend bus transfer takes longer but that's because buses run less frequently on weekends so the waiting time for the buses is longer.

As far as driving is concerned, the weekend drive would take about 25 minutes; the weekday one, closer to 45 minutes. But when you drive, you need to add in the time it will take to retrieve your car. Transferring to Union Station from your hotel would take 10 minutes by metro rail (including walking to the red line station and waiting for the train); picking up the car at the station could easily take 15 minutes. So, that's an additional 25 minutes added to the driving times mentioned above resulting in:

1. A weekday drive time of an hour (vs bus transfer of 1 hour, 10 minutes)

2. A weekend drive time of 40 minutes (vs bus transfer of between 1 hour, 10 minutes and 1 hour 28 minutes

So, for a weekday visit, it hardly seems worthwhile to rent a car in order to save 10 minutes. (The time savings would probably be less, anyway, since I haven't included the time it would take to find a parking space at the Getty Center and to walk back to the tram station where you'll catch the free transfer 'up the hill' to the museum).

For a weekend visit, the car would save you between 30 minutes and an hour, each way. (Again, this time savings is a little overstated for the reason cited above; you can also make the bus transfer more quickly by simply leaving the hotel a little later so that you don't waste time standing at the bus stop). With those adjustments, you're probably looking at a time saving of between 15 and 45 minutes (Sat and Sun, respectively). The other issue to consider is that, on weekends, the two car rental companies at Union Station, Hertz & Budget, close at 2 pm. So, you'd either have to make it a short day in order to return the car before closing (perhaps, there is some provision for dropping the car 'after hours' -- you might check) or you'd have to pay to park the car overnight in downtown which would add more expense to this option.

For estimates of the car rental costs, go to hertz.com and budget.com and get a quote.

cape coral florida
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4. Re: Downtown to Getty center, bus or car rental

Thank you all for your comments.

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