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Union Station

Union Station

Rail Station, Bus Station, and Metro Station
Historic Cultural, Los Angeles
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    The experts at Los Angeles Times and Travel + Leisure recommend this place
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    "Metrolink ticket."(30 Tips)
    Dave F.
    "Great restaurant to have a good meal and drink called Traxx"(8 Tips)
    "affordable cup of coffee at Famima!!"(6 Tips)
    Jinnie L.
    "really nice architecture love this station♡"(6 Tips)
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  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonOctober 15, 2014
    Entering this “Last of the Great Rail Way Stations” is like walking onto a movie set from the 1940s – an amazing mix of art deco, streamline moderne and Spanish mission styles.
    Upvoted Mar 15
  • Jasen M.heart icon on user image
    Jasen MancillaApril 10, 2015
    Historic and still very busy place. There are new shops there which always nice, and there are connections to everywhere. That's a plus in my opinion. Other than that, a nice place to hang out and eat
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoJanuary 10, 2011
    "Congrats! You're standing in what's sometimes called 'The Last of the Great Railway Stations'. And is other times called 'The First of The Great Hooker & Crazy People Hangout Spots'." - Conan O'Brien
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureMay 29, 2012
    Tucked into the former telephone room of the 1939 Mission-style building is Traxx, a high-end restaurant that’s a far cry from typical station food. Try the ahi tuna napoleon with crispy wontons. Read more
  • Taste Terminal
    Taste TerminalNovember 7, 2011
    Every year the LA Beer Week Closing Festival is hosted at the L.A. Union Station, where beer lovers get to try over 70 local and international breweries serving up their flagship beers. Read more
  • Veronica C.heart icon on user image
    Veronica ChaviraJuly 28, 2018
    Love the restaurant Traxx and bar. Exhibits by local artists and a beautiful mural. If you have Dodger tickets there is a shuttle that will take you to the game. Aesthetically pleasing station!
    DowntownLA.comApril 27, 2011
    At this popular filming location, see if you can identify where they shot scenes for movies like Blade Runner, The Island, The Italian Job, Pearl Harbor and Speed.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CSeptember 11, 2011
    When inside, go outside to the right and through the archways to a secluded courtyard. Grab a sandwich and drink and enjoy the koi pond. Very relaxing way to start a trip.
  • Frank C.heart icon on user image
    Frank Cedillo (Twiztid Ducky) 🧢🦆January 18, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Never mind the homeless people this train station is a beautiful peace of LA history
  • Anthonyheart icon on user image
    AnthonyApril 20, 2021
    Been here 50+ times
    If youre going to take the train understand etiquette. If ppl are waiting on the platform before you dont jump in front of them when doors open. Also dont sit in the quiet car if you cant keep quiet!
  • BrianKat A.
    BrianKat AlmazánAugust 16, 2014
    the only outlet I was able to find to charge my dying phone was between the metro customer center and the fish tank in the east lobby where the Metro information phone is. by train schedule pamphlets
  • Don Michael Antonioheart icon on user image
    Don Michael AntonioMarch 13, 2017
    Love how easy and convenient to visit DTLA on metrolink from Inland Empire and/or OC suburbs. Subway ur way around after that all over LA is also just great!
  • Jason R.heart icon on user image
    Jason RedmondDecember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Need an power outlet? The newer Metrolink cars have them spread out among the seats. Look for the cars with silver-colored exterior that don't have lots of bolts (as in nuts 'n bolts).
  • Photo L.
    Photo LarrySeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Established on the site of L.A.'s first Chinatown, Union Station opened in 1939 at a cost of $11 million. Over 1 1/2 million people visited it within its first three days.
  • Keith H.
    Keith HaynesAugust 4, 2013
    Late at night they let all the homeless come in and sleep for the night. Every chair on Thursday night at 11:00 had homeless people sleeping in them. Kinda sketchy. Big homeless camp across the street
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    Established on the site of L.A.'s first Chinatown, Union Station opened in 1939 at a cost of $11 million. Over 1 1/2 million people visited it within its first three days.
  • Frank M.heart icon on user image
    Frank MartinezFebruary 27, 2015
    If you riding the Metrolink's you'll have to go to the window to purchase a ticket on the North West side or buy them from the vending machine on the east side of the building close to the bakery
  • Metrolink
    MetrolinkNovember 15, 2012
    Metrolink tickets are valid for free transfer to the Metro system. You can easily go to all your favorite locations downtown simply by purchasing a Metrolink ticket.
  • Julien G.
    Julien G.October 9, 2013
    It's a beautiful building. Grab a brochure and spend some time walking around.
  • Green is Universal
    Green is UniversalNovember 18, 2011
    Help reduce LA smog: take the bus. The LA Metro was one of the first public transit agencies to use alternative fuel on a big scale. The compressed natural gas buses are over 97% cleaner.
  • Eve P.heart icon on user image
    Eve ParadoxNovember 22, 2014
    The Architectural details here are mind blowing. Arrive early. Relax a bit and take it all in.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CarterOctober 13, 2011
    If you have a metrolink ticket or pass you can ride any subway or bus for free that connects with the metrolink station or any metrolink station.
    DowntownLA.comApril 28, 2011
    While waiting for our train, we like to take a quiet moment in the courtyards listening to the birds and fountains. For more cozy DTLA green spaces, see "More info"... Read more
  • Billy B.
    Billy BarrOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Metropolitan Lounge now open for business/sleeper class. Go past the Amtrak ticket counter, go to 2nd floor. Lounge is on your left. Smokers can smoke in 'privacy' opposite Lounge entrance. Rejoice!
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamDecember 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Follow Metro LA Alerts (@metrolaalerts) and Metrolink (@metrolink) on twitter for live updates. Every now and then, there can be stupid long delays.
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Not as nice as the Union Stations on the East Coast and there is no Amtrak Lounge for sleeping car passengers pre-departure. Amtrak to San Diego, New Orleans, Chicago, Chicago via Houston and Seattle!
  • Todd H.
    Todd H.August 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    It's been said once, but worth repeating. If you ride the escalators and you plan to just stand there, move to the right so other can walk past you!
  • William D.heart icon on user image
    William DFebruary 14, 2020
    Been here 50+ times
    Look at that Mountain! Look at those trees! Look at that bum over there, he’s down on his knees!
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Union Station is a historic and iconic landmark and a great place to catch an array of Amtrak service and commuter service xx
  • eHow
    eHowSeptember 13, 2010
    Union Station has been called "the last of America's great rail stations." It was revived in the 1990s, and is now the hub of L.A.'s budding subway system (still a work in progress). Read more
  • Clifford
    CliffordJuly 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    In the midst of good stuff: Rocking' Taquitos with Avocado sauce at Cielito Lindo across the street... And the morning pilgrimage to the Famima convenience store is a bargain.
  • Rodney P.
    Rodney PetersonJune 20, 2012
    If you're extra tired when getting off the Red Line and wanting to transfer to Pasadena, bypass the elevators and all that walking-ask the nearest Amtrak employee about the magic teleporters!
  • Ronald V.
    Ronald VillagranaJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Why move to the right of the escalator to let someone pass when there's an empty staircase to the left if your in a rush then use it let me stand here and chillax! !!
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesFebruary 3, 2014
    Train to San Diego? Go online/call Super Shuttle if your hotel is far from downtown! Taxi to Loews Resort in Coronado $40 cab, $16 Shuttle! AAA link ->
  • LADOT Bike Programheart icon on user image
    LADOT Bike ProgramMay 30, 2012
    Ride a bike to Union Station! There's plenty of bike parking and new bike lanes on Los Angeles St. will connect Union Station with the rest of Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LFebruary 3, 2015
    really nice architecture love this station♡ - red, purple, gold line, amtrak, n metrolink!!! beautiful palm trees outside ~
  • Xavier R.heart icon on user image
    Xavier RamirezJune 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    ATTN CYCLISTS: as of June 1 you must now obtain a bike RSVP for all trains. Limited avail. Free. Signed, #ThatMFconductorwasaDICK.
    Upvoted Apr 2
  • Anabella M.heart icon on user image
    Anabella MingoNovember 30, 2014
    Great art deco train station!! Must stop in downtown LA
  • Erica A.
    Erica A.June 2, 2010
    BEAUTIFULLY decorated train station. Like you just walked into a movie set in the '20s. Well-kept and clean...Not like the train stations I remember in Europe.
  • Alan C.
    Alan CordovaSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The front door is only the halfway mark in your hike to the train or bus. Go through the waiting room & down the tunnel for Metrolink and Amtrak, as well as the buses at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza.
  • Pam G.
    Pam G.June 4, 2014
    If you're in a hurry, don't walk behind women in 4" heels. Ladies: stop wearing 4" heels if you can't walk fast, especially at a train station.
  • James M.
    James MarshallJuly 22, 2012
    The art deco restaurant here played host to the Dixon Hill holonovel scenes from Star Trek: First Contact, including over 120 extras and 2 Borg drones! Read more
  • Peter C.
    Peter CastilloJanuary 10, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful old train station, so spend some time looking at the architecture.
  • Xiong Y.
    Xiong YangMay 19, 2013
    Leave your damn kids at home if you're taking the last train, better yet don't get on. You may think your kid is cute but they're really just f'ing annoying after 9 pm when people are trying to sleep.
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyNovember 19, 2018
    Baggage claim is by the Subway sandwich shop. Keep your baggage tickets to give to the train employee.
  • David E.heart icon on user image
    David EsquireFebruary 24, 2013
    If you're a photographer, leave your tripod in the car (not allowed since 9/11), travel light & by all means respect the venue. Should you get stopped by security/police, cooperate & do what they say.
    ZIPPERFebruary 1, 2011
    everytime i step into this place is like going back in time.. i remember this place since i was a little kid! its historical and the people are so nice!
  • Hemangheart icon on user image
    HemangSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Historic station in many films/tv shows. Check out the main lobby and the architecture!
  • Kelley L.
    Kelley L.February 4, 2015
    Purchase monthly pass tickets between the 25th of the preceding month to the 5th of the intended month (I.e., February 25-March 5 for a March monthly pass).
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    BoltBus picks up on the front side of the station, all the way to the far left, past the loading/drop off zone.
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