Union Station

Train Station, Bus Station, and Subway
800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
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  • Today
    • 6:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 6:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 6:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • Noon–8:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
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Metrolink is Southern California’s commuter train. It operates seven routes through six counties and links communities to employment and activity centers.


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    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.

    HISTORY · March 31, 2010
  • Team Coco

    "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

    Team Coco · January 10, 2011

    While you're waiting for your bus or train, wander across the street to the heart of old LA, Olvera Street. Don’t miss the margaritas & guacamole at La Golondrina! Read more

    KIIS FM · June 25, 2010
  • Carolyn L.

    stand on the right side of the escalator. let people pass you on the left.

    Carolyn L · August 24, 2010
  • Valentine's Day Movie

    Rendezvous at one of the most beautiful train stations in the country. Leave time for an art deco dining experience at Traxx Restaurant – it’s so romantically retro! #vday

    Valentine's Day Movie · February 2, 2010
  • (RED)

    Happy holidays and safe travels from (RED). Here's our travel tip: pack an (APPLE)RED iPod Nano and some (PENGUIN)RED books for the trip! Enjoy.

    (RED) · December 30, 2010

    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 · April 28, 2011
  • Melinda G.

    You can ride any of the metro subways for free with your metrolink train ticket. That will get you around the main parts of LA.

    Melinda Gruber · March 25, 2010
  • Backstage Gabe ♚.

    I love if you save your metrolink stub. You can ride the subway or buses all day! Thanx

    Backstage Gabe ♚ · November 9, 2009
  • Mitzi Y.

    Take the Amtrak "Surfliner" to San Diego for $60 RT to avoid the drive and/or avoid the security at LAX

    Mitzi Y. · August 30, 2009
  • eHow

    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

    eHow · September 13, 2010
  • Ricky M.

    The Fly Away shuttle from Union Station to LAX is a great deal and very convenient. Boards at end of Patsaurus Plaza.

    Ricky Mar · August 10, 2009
  • Metrolink T.

    Station connects to the following Metrolink lines:Antelope Valley Line - Ventura County Line - San Bernardino Line - Riverside Line - Orange County Line - 91 Line

    Metrolink Trains · March 1, 2010
  • ivan r.

    You zzzzzzzzzzzz before and after work

    ivan rhivanz · July 13, 2010

    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. · April 27, 2011
  • Cyn S.

    Phillippe's is right down the street, open @ 6am for breakfast (pretty good & cheap).

    Cyn Skyberg · March 19, 2010
  • Jeannette S.

    Catch the free shuttle from Union Station to Dodger Stadium and avoid paying the $15 parking fee there.

    Jeannette Scape · April 3, 2009
  • Brian J.

    Look for the small koi pond south of the main building in front of the Met Water District building.

    Brian JJ · May 2, 2010
  • Los Angeles Times

    "After a dismal slog through the late 20th century, Union Station is busier than ever, with about 10 times the traffic it had in its prosperous early years." Read more

    Los Angeles Times · November 27, 2013
  • Moe M.

    Don't talk and laugh obnoxiously loud on the metrolink, especially in the morning!!

    Moe M. · September 8, 2010
  • Erica A.

    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.

    Erica A. · June 2, 2010
  • Taste Terminal

    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

    Taste Terminal · November 7, 2011
  • craig w.

    Ride the metrolink. U will probably hit something or atleast be late to wherever u want to go

    craig welty · February 13, 2010
  • Los Angeles

    In Pasadena? Authentic Mexican at Casa La Golandrina's just a Gold Line ride away. Go @metrolosangeles 2 Union Station

    Los Angeles · July 14, 2011
  • Claudia K.

    On escalator, please stand on the right and let others pass on the left ..... Really helps!!!

    Claudia Keller · March 8, 2011
  • Luis M.

    Visit Olvera St. right across from Union Station. The oldest street in Los Angeles!

    Luis Mendoza · February 10, 2011
  • Rolf

    Hungry? Walk out the front doors and across the street to "Olivera Street". it's a sanitized Tijuana and actually has sit-down Mexican food.

    Rolf · March 19, 2010
  • Taj G.

    be careful of the bagels. they aren't as good as they look

    Taj Garmon · August 16, 2009
  • Green is Universal

    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.

    Green is Universal · November 18, 2011
  • Jaimi K.

    Upgrade to business class on the surfliner, especially on Fridays when it's standing room only. Guaranteed seat, free drink and a snack...Totally worth the few extra bucks!

    Jaimi Kercher · March 25, 2010
  • Steven R.

    There are two entry ways to the red line. The back from cesar chavez and in the front toward olvera st. Before the long tunnel.

    Steven Rascon · August 11, 2010
  • Larry G.

    If you have to use the restroom go before you get there. The stench is horrible... It can't be human.

    Larry Gray · August 3, 2010
  • Monica R.

    Do not stop in the main drop off zone in the front, they will yell and move your butt quick!

    Monica Rodriguez · June 9, 2010
  • Pamela C.

    Grab a drink and wait outside in the garden.

    Pamela Carpenter · November 8, 2009
  • Xavier R.

    Buy the 45-day 10-ticket pass for Amtrak to save. if you buy a monthly pass you can ride both Amtrak & Metrolink

    Xavier Ramirez · September 30, 2009
  • Joseph K.

    Union Station's site is formerly the original Chinatown. What is currently the "Old Chinatown" is where Little Italy was once located at.

    Joseph K · October 6, 2012
  • LADOT Bike Program

    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.

    LADOT Bike Program · May 30, 2012
  • John S.

    Do ya know how great this building is? Do you really KNOW? Go. Sit. Between 4-6 or so. Just sit.

    John Smart · April 2, 2012
  • Daniel N.

    Amazing way to get from the downtown area to Pasadena!

    Daniel N · June 14, 2011
  • DJ Kama Sutra

    wetzel's pretzels!!!

    DJ Kama Sutra · June 11, 2011
  • Zach B.

    If you're hungry, head on over to Traxx bar and get some fries with aioli. Yum.

    Zach Behrens · May 22, 2011
  • Jovany B.

    Go to Famima!!! and try the steamy buns.

    Jovany Ballesteros · February 12, 2011
  • Michael F.

    Please don't talk on your phone while on the train. Do you really want everyone around you to hear your conversation?

    Michael Farr · August 25, 2010
  • Todd H.

    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!

    Todd H. · August 26, 2011
  • Michael M.

    Connect to Metros Red and Purple lines (downstairs) and Gold line (upstairs)

    Michael Mann · March 18, 2011
  • 💋

    be sure to check out the aquarium!!! really neat!

    💋 · February 21, 2011
  • ivan r.

    When going towards Atlantic station Do Not bring your coffee or any opened drinks inside the train! $250 fine. Learned my lesson. Damn sheriffs are profiling.....

    ivan rhivanz · August 7, 2010
  • Mark H.

    The 2010 National Train Day was every bit as crowded (but a lot better organized) as 2009. Enter the vast expanse of the main waiting room and become an instant convert to the romance of rail travel

    Mark Haile · May 18, 2010
  • ivan r.

    Don't play your damn music so damn loud. It's a cell phone! That shit sounds annoying!

    ivan rhivanz · August 15, 2012
  • Barry B.

    5-10 minute hike is waaay off, unless you're crawling. Should take you 5 minutes at the very most. I can make it in 3 minutes.

    Barry Buck · July 21, 2011

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