Go Metro and beat holiday shopping traffic!

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Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, meaning it’s now officially time to contemplate two holiday traditions: grandma’s green bean casserole and shopping (hopefully in that order!)

Metro serves many of the area’s largest shopping malls or districts — helping shoppers avoid overflowing parking lots or finding a parking meter on congested streets.

Metro fares are $1.50 per single ride on a bus or train or $5 for a Day Pass, which allows unlimited rides that day. Buses accept cash fares or TAP cards, Metro’s reloadable plastic fare cards. On Metro Rail, buy a TAP card at the ticket machine (the cards cost $1). More information on fares here.

Here are some of the more popular shopping destinations:

Shopping districts:

  • Melrose Avenue between La Brea and Fairfax. Metro Bus 10 serves Melrose. Connections can be made via Bus 212/312 that runs on La Brea and Bus 217 or Rapid 780 that runs on Fairfax.
  • Abbott Kinney, Venice. Metro Bus 33 and 733 stop at Venice Boulevard and Abbott Kinney — walk north on Abbott Kinney from there.
  • Ventura Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Drive and Whitsett Avenue in Studio City. Metro Bus 150, 240 and Rapid 750 serve Ventura Boulevard with connections to Bus 218 that runs on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Downtown Los Angeles:

  • Toy District, northeastern downtown between Los Angeles, San Pedro, 3rd and 5th streets and an alternative to the established retailers. Metro Bus 18, 53, 62, 460 from the south and Rapid 720 from the west.

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  1. If you’re going to The Grove (and why not, it’s pretty darn nice for a shopping mall), in addition to the buses on Beverly, you can also use the 16/316 line that runs on 3rd Street. 3rd and Fairfax puts you right there!