Starline Tours of Hollywood
Welcome to Starline Tours of Hollywood. L.A.'s premiere choice in sightseeing since 1935.
We provide the most exciting and entertaining tours to all of Southern California's major attractions like Universal Studios and Disneyland. Also, we are pleased to present the original and ever-so-popular Movie Stars Homes (2 hr. tour with departures every 1/2 hour from Grauman's Chinese Theatre), and the Grand Tour of L.A. and City Tour. Tours available in most foreign languages! FREE pick-up from most of L.A.'s major hotels.
In addition, we have a large fleet of deluxe highway coaches available for charter to local clubs and organizations as well as groups from all over the world. Also, Starline Tours will pick you up for FREE from most major hotels in the greater Los Angeles area.
I enjoyed the 2-hr long trip of Hollywood/Beverly Hills, communicative driver/guide with lots of info. The Co. is kind of lair. They overbooked and thus postponed our departure by 1 hour- the loss of precious hour waiting at their bus park. Poor co-ordination before dept and repeated pressure for tips by the driver. It could have certainly been better.
The hop on hop off tour is the most efficient way to tour in popular places. You're able to get on the bus at the start of Hollywood blvd, and they have 5 areas that they cover of California. The best thing about this service is that you only pay ONCE for a 24 hour time period (or however long you decide to do it for). For example, if I wanted to take the red route to see Beverly Hills and then decided to get off on sunset blvd, I could. Furthermore, if I wanted to get back on the tour I just wait for the next bus at one of "drop off/pick up" stops and show them my receipt. They provide headsets that you're able to connect to for the pre-recorded tour guide. I think it's great that you're able to explore so many different areas of California for just one price. In addition, I was very lucky that one of the stops left me one block away from my hotel. I was able to drop off some things, shower, change and get on the next bus to continue my tour. I definitely recommend this!
My friend and I signed up to take the Los Angeles City Tour and Movie Stars’ Home’s for $79 per person. I can tell you we were both extremely disappointed. First, we were told that the tour buses were handicapped accessible and there was only one step to access them. That was a lie! I had to maneuver on the first bus, three steps and had to get on and off that bus six times. I chose not to get off at Venice Beach because I have trouble maneuvering steps and it is painful. To go on the second part of the tour I had to move to an open air vehicle and (again) it had three steps. Fortunately, I only had to get on and off once, but they did put a step stool on the ground to try and help me. That really was not sufficient to make it handicapped accessible. The fourth bus to bring me back to my hotel had four steps. Again, not handicapped accessible. Now on to the content. We drove around with a guide, Juan who spoke very fast and while pointing out points of interest would tell you it is coming up on your left or on your right but never actually pointed things out clearly. In several instances the points were not that interesting anyway. The ones that were he just passed over them quickly and kept going. For example, Rodeo Drive on your left and he kept going straight. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel where Julia Roberts starred in Pretty Woman on the right and he just kept going, didn’t slow for pictures or anything. This was a little frustrating. We went to the Farmers Market and Grove but barely had enough time to see anything or get anything to eat. Everything was so rushed. I will move on to the Movie Stars Home’s portion. We had a different tour guide and his name started with a Y. He was very entertaining and tried hard. Don’t waste your money! We did not see anything but shrubbery and no homes were in view. At one point we were looking down into a canyon or up at a house high on the mountain. I cannot identify one celebrity house or give you a description of it. This is a rip off!
I have been to LA multiple times so I thought I have seen a good piece of the City traveling around in a rental car. This time, while on a two night stop over, I decided to take the Starline Tour. I paid 42 bucks through my hotel for a 24 hours ticket. I boarded the "yellow line " bus in Santa Monica, went all the way to Hollywood where I switched to the "red line" and took the entire tour around Hollywod and then switched back to the yellow line which brought me back to Santa Monica. It is a fantastic way to see LA in one day, the buses are dated but clean and comfortable, and the tours are nicely narrated and informative ( of course no live guide, playback only ). You can us every bus on every line and hop off whereever you like and take the next bus then to continue the tour. Overall, much better than traveling through the crazy LA traffic in a rental car. I do recommend the tour to anyone who has just one day in LA and wants to see as much of the city as possible.
My family bought the Grand Tour of L.A. and were very disappointed. The description says that you stop at the Hollywood Sign and Rodeo Drive which we did not. It also mentions that you get off the bus a few times for about 10 minutes, which we only stopped once at the beginning. The company should not advertise things that they don’t do anymore. We would have taken a different tour for sure. The only reason I gave 2 stars is because our tour guide (Maria) was extremely friendly and welcoming.