Angels Flight Shortest Railway in the World


The price of a flight to heaven doesn't cost more than 25 cents, a bargain by today's standards. Angels Flight in Los Angeles is billed as the shortest railway in the world. It travels a mere 298 feet, and most could easily climb the steps and save a quarter. But the historic landmark allows you to ride in a funicular rail car dating back to 1901, and the ride transports those with imagination to a time when L.A.'s Bunker Hill was one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Finely dressed ladies and gents rode up and down steep hill between Hill and Olive Streets so they wouldn't break a high-heel or scuff their polished shoes.

The refurbished Angels Flight Railway reopened at California Plaza after years of closure and for riders today, it is more of a thrill ride than anything else. The car moves slow, and the ride is authentically low-tech. But for 25 cents, it does provide opportunity to relax, chill, and experience what L.A. is known for-affordable mass transit. You can hop on the nearby Metro and get around the city for a few bucks. Quite a bargain by today's gas prices. Oh-how much does it cost to park your car and hop aboard Angels Flight? You will seldom find parking for less than $3-5 per hour or flat rate weekend rates of $5.

The Angels Flight Railway is near the Metro Red Line Pershing Square subway station at the corner of Fourth and Hill Streets, with the California Plaza Watercourt at 350 South Grand Avenue. It is open every day from 6:45 a.m. until 10 p.m

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