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    Car Hire at Los Angeles Union Train Station - Gateway to LA

    Officially inaugurated in May 1939, Los Angeles Union Train Station is one of America's busiest railway terminals and a major gateway to both the city and southern California. Handling over 100,000 passengers every day, it is also a vital intermodal transportation centre that serves as a hub for Amtrak's popular intercity rail services, local Metrolink commuter trains and the many Metro bus services operating throughout Los Angeles and its environs.

    Conceived on a grand scale, and described by rail enthusiasts as the last great railroad station built in America, the station is indeed an iconic building of monumental architecture and features a unique combination of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco styles. The entire edifice was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and is considered one of Los Angeles' true architectural landmarks.

    The station is also very favourably located for rail passengers looking to explore some of the city's key tourist sights, many of which are situated in very close proximity. Conveniently positioned in the north-eastern corner of Downtown, it is bounded by Alameda Street, Cesar Chavez Avenue, Vignes Street and the Hollywood Freeway and is within a short walking distance of the Museum of Social Justice, Olvera Street Market, the Chinese American Museum and LA's ever-popular Chinatown district.

    With a car hire from Los Angeles Union Train Station you'll have quick access to many of the city's top attractions, most notably Disneyland (just a 30-minute drive away) and the famous Getty Center, which is set on a hilltop in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. It'll also give you the chance to enjoy a road-trip down the amazing Pacific Coast Highway which skirts the entire Californian coast from north to south.

    Founded in 1954, Auto Europe has since grown into one of the world’s leading car rental companies by collaborating with all the top global and local car hire suppliers. With us, you can book your low-cost car rental at Los Angeles Union Train Station in a few clicks of the mouse online through our state-of-the-art booking engine.

    You can also contact our rental specialists on +441233225114 who will be more than happy to find you the best deal and process your reservation. For added peace of mind, please take a look at the ratings and comments posted by other Auto Europe customers in the city on our Los Angeles car hire reviews page.

    Station Information

    One of the city's architectural gems, Los Angeles Union Train Station is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the south-western regions of the USA. It was designed by the father-and-son team of John and Donald Parkinson and cost more than US$10 million to construct. What makes Union Station so appealing is its exquisite interior which features many fine decorative touches. For instance, in the station's waiting room, travellers proceed to their trains along terracotta tiled floors accented with inlaid marble strips, and adjacent to the indoor waiting areas are beautiful enclosed garden patios and courtyards designed to further enhance the passenger experience. After all this time, the station still manages to capture the spirt and soul of Los Angeles and has been used as the setting for many popular films over the years, including Blade Runner, Catch Me If You Can, Pearl Harbor and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Los Angeles Union Train Station

    Some of the world's most prestigious vehicle suppliers (such as Budget and Hertz) operate on the premises, so there's plenty of choice for people looking to pick up a car rental at Los Angeles Union Train Station and discover Hollywood and the rest of the city at their own pace. The car hire desks are located inside the station with pick and drop-of facilities situated a short walk away. Please ensure that you have all the necessary car rental documents with you when arriving to collect your vehicle, most notably your passport, driving licence, credit card (in the main driver's name), coverage details and your Auto Europe booking voucher.

    Budget Car Hire at Los Angeles Union Train Station Budget at Los Angeles Union Train Station
    800 North Alameda Street
    Los Angeles, USA 90012
    +1 213 617 2977
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm and Sat 8am-1pm (closed Sun)
    Hertz Car Hire at Los Angeles Union Train Station Hertz at Los Angeles Union Train Station
    800 North Alameda Street
    Los Angeles, USA 90012
    +1 213 625 1034
    Opening Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8am-5pm and Sat 9am-noon (closed Sun)

    Station facilities

    Besides being a very impressive building, Los Angeles Union Train Station has a very wide range of on-site passenger facilities that are more than capable of catering for the tens of thousands of people using the station every day. For travellers with plenty time on their hands, there's a full-service restaurant with a fine à la carte menu offering freshly-prepared dishes in a refined setting. Other dining options include a lively pub with beer brewed on the premises and a classy cocktail lounge where passengers can enjoy a relaxing drink before boarding their train. Several Gift Kiosks have a wide selection of souvenirs on sale, in addition to the station's popular takeaway outlets offering authentic street food from all over the world. Although there are no public lockers at the station, holders of a ticket for any bus or rail service can store their luggage temporarily at the Amtrak Baggage Claim department in the vicinity of the main passenger concourse.

    How to get to and from Los Angeles Union Train Station

    Due to its excellent location, you'll have no problem reaching your destination with a car hire at Los Angeles Union Train Station. Situated close to many of the city's most popular attractions, it is well connected to LA's extensive public transport network, which comprises regional buses, light rail and subway services (known locally as the Metro), plus the busy Metrolink system which is a large-scale rail service that regularly operates between five southern Californian counties. Other options include the premium Greyhound coach routes to the city's bay area and major destinations beyond LA, including Las Vegas and San Francisco. Lax Flyaway is a dedicated bus service directly serving Los Angeles International Airport, while a taxi pick-up and drop-off stand is located in front of Union Station West although no taxis actually wait in line for customers, so you'll need to request a taxi by phone or through the app.

    Parking tips

    There are plenty of parking options available for travellers who rent a car at Los Angeles Union Train Station and decide to spend time in the city. LA has more than a hundred large car parks and over 50,000 on-street parking spaces available in and around Downtown, plus it's also possible to find somewhere to park for free in certain parts of the city. Many commercial establishments such as shopping malls, hotels, motels and hypermarkets offer free parking for their customers, along with some of the smaller tourist attractions. Additionally, Los Angeles Union Train Station itself has two large car parks situated adjacent to the main building, namely Union Station East and Union Station West, with the former allowing overnight parking and the charging of electric vehicles.

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