How to reach Universal Studios Hollywood?

How do you get to Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, LA?

Universal Studios Hollywood is near the 101 Freeway in Universal City (also the Universal Studios’ headquarters), just north of Hollywood.

There are different public and private transportation options to visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. Get Universal Studios California Directions.

Choose one of the five ways to reach Universal Studios.

By Metro

By Metro
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Take the metro to Universal Studios Hollywood and avoid the road traffic in LA. 

The nearest metro station to Universal Studios in Los Angeles is Universal City/Studio City, 800 meters (half a mile) away.

With a direct stop at Universal City, you can take the LA Metro B rail (Red Line) that runs from Hollywood to Downtown Los Angeles (Union Station).

From Universal City, you can opt for a 25 minute uphill walk to the entrance of Universal Studios or use a free Universal Studios shuttle directly across from the metro station.

Shuttles to Universal Studios Hollywood run from 7 am to 8 pm, two hours after the park’s daily closing time of 6 pm.  

You will need a reloadable fare (TAP) card with costs starting at $1.75 to ride the metro. Use the LA Metro trip planner to learn your nearest station. 

You can also use the Metrolink rail system in Southern California to visit from nearby counties by transfering to the LA Metro at Union Station. 

Union Station is a hub for trains from various surrounding areas, including Amtrak and Metrolink trains to Universal Studios Hollywood. 

Metrolink offers various ticket options, both online and ticket machines at stations. For occasional one-day travel get a one-way ticket or a round trip ticket.

The weekend day pass (for $10) is a great way to enjoy unlimited travel on either Saturday or Sunday and includes free transfers to connecting transit services (excluding Amtrak).

Note: Children 17 years old and younger can ride Metrolink trains for free on Saturdays and Sundays when accompanied by a paying adult.

By Bus

Another option is taking a bus from LA or Orange County. 

Passengers can board Universal Studios Hollywood bus — Buses 155 or 224 that drop them off at a bus station close to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Bus 155 travels from North Hollywood Station to Burbank Station via Riverside-Olive.

It operates every day from 4.30 am to 9.29 pm.

Bus 224 has its route from Sylmar Station to Universal Studios Station. It has timing from 4.24 am to 8.46 pm daily.

After a 10-minute walk in that direction, you can use the shuttle to travel to the attraction.

By Tour

Many private and public guided tours provide a complete sightseeing experience of Universal Studios Hollywood and all the famous sights of  LA.

For just $105, the Hop On Hop Off Los Angeles Tour includes the Original Hollywood, City Sightseeing Los Angeles, Hop On, Hop Off, and Celebrity Homes Tour. 

For a more private experience, book the Hollywood Film Studios & TMZ Private Day Tour, which takes you around the iconic locations of LA and Hollywood.

If you are in San Diego, opt for the Private Small Tour from San Diego, which offers pickup directly from San Diego Airport.

By Private Transfer

By Private Transfer
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Choose a hassle-free private transfer from Los Angeles to Hollywood or Burbank, California. 

This will help you save time on paperwork and rental car arrangements with our Los Angeles/Universal Studios Private Transfer.

If you are in Orange County North and neighboring cities, go for  Universal Studios/Burbank to or from Orange County North Private Transfer.

By Car

By Car
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It is best to avoid driving to Universal Studios because Los Angeles has many cars, and traffic is often chaotic.

Utilizing Google Maps is the most straightforward way to get there, making it easy.

Parking signs indicate Universal Studios Hollywood, where you can easily reach through Universal Studios Boulevard and the 101 Freeway in Universal City.

You can use the exit from Lankershim Boulevard or Universal Studios Boulevard to enter the attraction’s entrance by following the signs.

They are conveniently located on a hilltop overlooking Hollywood. 

Just to the north of Los Angeles’s city center is Universal City.

Skip lines at the entrance and get Universal Studios Hollywood admission tickets—one-day entry with optional Express pass for busy days—in advance.

How to Reach Universal Studios Hollywood From Different Locations?

Get directions to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk from different parts of the city.

From the Los Angeles International Airport

Universal Studios is 30 miles north of Los Angeles Airport (LAX), and it has approximately 50 minutes of driving time. 

To get to the 105 Freeway, follow the sign from the terminal to get to the 110 Harbor Freeway North and take the 105 Freeway East

Get on the 101 Hollywood Freeway North after going through the downtown area. 

To reach the Universal Studios Blvd. exit, continue on the 101 Freeway. 

Follow the signs to Universal Studios and the parking spaces by turning right along Universal Studios Boulevard.

You can also use the LAX Airport Shuttle to Universal Studios at a $85 rate for the first passenger and $10 for each additional passenger (up to 9).

From Hollywood

About 4 miles north of Hollywood, you can reach Universal Studios in about 15 minutes by road. 

Follow the signs to Universal Studios Hollywood by taking the 101 Hollywood Freeway north to Universal Studios Blvd.

From Santa Monica

Universal Studios is around 20 miles northwest of Santa Monica with a 30 minute travel time by road. 

To get to the 405 Freeway North, take the 10 Santa Monica Freeway East

The 101 Ventura Freeway East/South exit is available. Take that exit.

Stay on the 101 Freeway and take the Lankershim Boulevard exit

Follow the directions to Universal Studios Hollywood by turning right.

From Anaheim

You can get to Universal Studios Hollywood in about an hour, traveling 40 miles northeast of Anaheim.

Take the Northbound 5 Golden State Freeway and take the 101 Hollywood Freeway North exit.

Drive on the 101 Freeway until you reach the Universal Studios Blvd. exit

Follow the signs to Universal Studios and the parking spaces by turning right along Universal Studios Boulevard.


Here are some frequently asked questions about getting to Universal Studios Hollywood.

How to reach Universal Studios Hollywood without a car?

To reach Universal Studios Hollywood without a car, take the LA Metro B rail (Red Line) to Universal City/Studio City station, then walk 800 meters or use the free shuttle. 

Buses 155 or 224 also offer access to nearby stations. Check schedules and fares beforehand.

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