While most people believe that you need a car to get around Los Angeles, that is not necessarily the truth. Operating a car in Los Angeles is getting more and more expensive and inconvenient mainly because of the issue of parking which in some areas can be quite expensive. There are some neighborhoods that are easier to get to by car including Los Feliz, Silverlake, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Brentwood however Metro does offer bus service to these neighborhoods so there are always options.
If you do decide to rent a car, keep in mind that parking can be a challenge. City parking meters vary in cost depending on their location. Costs can range anywhere from $1 per hour to $4 per hour to park at a meter. If you go overtime a ticket for the violation can be $80, or more. Its best to avoid meter parking and go for all day parking in one of the city owned parking structures or a privately owned parking lot. A service called Best Parking offers comprehensive information on parking lots in Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles as well as other areas of the city tourists might visit. The service lists rates for both public and private lots which will be helpful if you are developing a budget for your visit.