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How to Visit Vegas or San Francisco for Just 4 Bucks

The express bus service begins Dec. 12. Take the Orange Line from Chatsworth to the Red Line subway in North Hollywood and board a double-decker bus at Union Station.

Now you can travel from the Chatsworth Orange Line station all the way to either San Francisco, Las Vegas, Oakland or San Jose for $4. You read that right.

Just take the Metro Orange Line bus from Chatsworth to the Red Line subway in North Hollywood for $3. At downtown Union Station, for another buck, board a luxury double-decker bus with Wi-Fi and power outlets, and off you go. (Note that you'll need a reuseable $1 TAP card to pay your Metro fare.)

Megabus.com, a city-to-city express bus company with fares starting from $1, announced Wednesday its return to California and Nevada with services to and from Los Angeles.

Starting Dec. 12, Megabus.com will offer frequent daily departures from its arrival/departure location at Union Station's Patsaouras Transit Plaza in bus bay No. 1, near the plaza entrance from Vignes Street.

Megabus.com, a subsidiary of Coach USA, operated in Los Angeles for about a year, starting in 2007.

"We've seen impressive growth throughout North America and are confident that our twenty-first century double-decker buses with Wi-Fi and power outlets, combined with our outstanding prices, will be a success among Los Angeles residents," said company spokesman Mike Alvich.

The company estimates 247,000 travelers will visit the Los Angeles metro area during the company’s first year serving the region.

L.A. residents will be able to travel to and from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Oakland and San Jose. Fares start at $1 every day and increase to up to $40 as the travel date gets closer, so book early.

During the first week of travel between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, all tickets will be $1.  

Megabus.com will also stop in Riverside, and company officials said they will consider additional stops in Los Angeles and county areas in the future.

"Tourism is a leading industry in Los Angeles that has enjoyed solid visitation growth over the last two years," said Don Skeoch, chief marketing officer for the tourism and convention board, in a press release.

"San Francisco's our number one visitor to L.A.," said Carol Martinez, spokeswoman for the tourism and convention board, told Patch. "So anything that makes it easier for people from San Francisco to get from that city to L.A. is wonderful. We think that with more travelers being conscious of their impact on the environment [and] to travel green, that Megabus is a good alternative for travel."

For more information on schedules, services, times and fares, visit megabus.com.

To find your Metro stops and schedule to get to Union Station, click here.

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