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Los Angeles travel deals

Sunshine, movie stars and red-hot deals.

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A quiet downtown Los Angeles traffic

From the idyllic Pacific coastline to ritzy Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles is the epicenter of laid-back California cool. Save money with our LA travel hacks so you can put cash where it counts: toward tacos, green juice and souvenir wax figures of your favorite celebs.

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20% off bus tours online + kids go free with classic tickets (Los Angeles)

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Cheap flights to Los Angeles from $113 return

Available in January - February 2020, score tickets to L.A. from just $113 return with Spirit, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, jetBlue and other carriers.

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Up to 45% off Los Angeles hotels

Book stays in Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, LAX, Marina del Rey, Long Beach and other parts of L.A. at up to 45% off the regular price.

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Compare hotels in Los Angeles from $48 per night

Book stays in Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Beverley Hills, LAX, Santa Monica and other parts of Los Angeles with Booking.com.

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Cheap flights to Los Angeles from $101 return

Book flights to Los Angeles, Burbank, and Long Beach with Spirit, United Airlines, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and more.

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Expect better in Los Angeles-breakfast for two or premium Wi-Fi

Plus get a $25 Lyft Credit. T&Cs apply

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How to travel cheap to Los Angeles

See the city of stars by veering towards free sites and avoiding pricey tourist traps. And save on transportation costs by zipping around via the Metro Rail instead of calling a ride.

Time of year

Accommodations in Los Angeles are more expensive during peak travel times — think summer vacation months and spring break. You’ll likely be able to stay cheaper by visiting during the off-season between October and early November, plus January and February.

Best time to visit Los Angeles

Cheap flights

Book your ticket to LA at least three weeks in advance to save up to 11%, according to data from Skyscanner.com. Other factors, like buying tickets on a Tuesday, returning on a Monday and toggling between airports to find the best rates also help keep costs low.

Los Angeles flights guide

Money tips

Though Los Angeles might be known for its extravagant local celebrity, it’s possible to see the sites without maxing out your credit card. Here are our best tips on cheap things to do in LA:

  • Enjoy free museums and natural sites. The Getty. The Broad. Griffith Observatory. What do all these museums have in common? Admission is free! Hit the beach, stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame or hike to the Hollywood sign without paying a cent — except probably to park.
  • Embrace public transportation. LA’s public transit might actually be more convenient for tourists than it is for locals. Metro Rail stations are located near most main attractions for easy access. Each ride costs just $1.75, while a day pass will run you no more than $7.
  • Treat your taste buds at food trucks. Locals claim that the food truck craze originated in LA. From lobster to tacos, popsicles to BBQ, you can find all of your favorite foods on wheels for cheap. If you want to eat inside, consider stopping at In ‘n Out — locals love it — or the Counter where you can nosh on a full meal for less than $10.
  • Bring your own water bottle. It gets hot, hot, hot in LA. Carrying a refillable water bottle can save you money. Consider filling up at public drinking fountains, gas stations or museums with free entry.

Accommodation

Hotels in downtown LA tend to be more expensive than in outlying neighborhoods like Culver City or Koreatown. For the best (cheap) experience, book a place to stay in LA off the beaten path. Make sure it’s near a Metro Rail stop for easy transport around town.

Los Angeles hotels guide

What about last-minute travel?

Whether you’re seeking respite from winter or just need a change of scenery, an off-the-cuff visit to Los Angeles offers a one-two punch of sunshine and creative energy.

Since most hotels book up far ahead of time, try finding a room at an Airbnb, hostel or alternative. Tools like Kayak and Hopper can scour the web for discount flights, while traveling on weekdays also saves.

Bottom line

Soak in the Los Angeles sun without drying out your wallet by seeing free sites and dining on food truck delicacies. Booking your trip four to six months in advance can save you up to 12% on flights, so you’ll have more money to spend after touching down.

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