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1. Posted by Bjoernen (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Guys!
Me and my girlfriend is heading off the world soon and hopefully we will end up in LA.
I wonder what is the cheapest way to travel around LA and Cali?
Is it best to rent a car and live in tent or maybe rent a campingvan?
Help is needed... Is there anybody who has great websites about car or vanrental in LA?

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, here's the good and the bad of it:

You can either rent an RV for about $1000 a week ($800 base price plus $200 for mileage)(use Cruise America or Adventure Tours), or you can rent a car for about $140/week (Dollar Rent-a-Car or Budget Car Rental) and pay for cheap hotels/motels. Personally, I'd prefer the car, since the gas would cost a lot less, you wouldn't need to pay/book a campsite, and the amenities would be a bit better (an actual bed to sleep in, swimming pools, and usually free coffee and pastries in the morning.)

The key is to get cheap hotels as you travel around the state. The way to do this is to stay out of the major tourist areas, then drive to them to visit. Let me give an example--if you want to visit San Francisco, don't stay in town--stay out of town near Haywood or out near Fremont for lots less money, then drive the 1 hour into town or better yet, take the BART system into town and travel around town in taxis, buses, or cable cars. The same applies to national parks--get motels out of the park, then travel in by car. Also, most hotels/motels near the beach are normally higher priced that those away from the beach--although there are exceptions--especially in the way northern part of the state.

Cheap/reasonable hotel/motel chains include Motel 6, Super 8, Clarion, Quality Inns, Hampton, and others.

By the way, if there were 4 of you, I would opt for the RV since that would probably be the cheaper way to go.

One final note: Probably the ugliest city on the coast is Eureka. If you decide to go way north, stay in Arcada or somewhere in the southern part of Eureka--the downtown area of Eureka is the pits. Also if you stay in LA, stay out of certain gang areas--Compton, East LA, Inglewood, and Watts, for example.


3. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Guys,

I have just come from LA and i was on a tight budget while i was there. I found the Metro and BigBlue Bus systems very easy to use and was able to get from UCLA to Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Beach to Hollywood, UCLA to LAX and UCLA to Universal Studios very very easily. You can get a day trip pass for all of $3 and you can hop on and off as you like.

I hope this helps, but you may be looking for a car rental type thing, which i have no ideas about

Good luck,


4. Posted by Bjoernen (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys!
What is the cheapest way to overnight in California?
Is it hostels,camp or motels?
Any good websites?