Getting There

There are many reasons to get to the Bowl as soon as possible.  Less traffic.  Better picnic areas available.  My favorite however is just setting up dinner and watching the sun set.  You will find that sipping wine as the Bowl fills is worth the wait.

Gate Open Times

  • 6:00pm for 8:00 concerts on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • 6:00pm for 8:30 concerts on Friday and Saturday
  • 4:30pm for 7:00 concerts on Sunday
  • 5:00pm for 7:30 concerts on Sunday

Parking at the Bowl is very limited.  Most of what is available is stacked.  This makes leaving after the concert very difficult.  Take advantage of the the Park & Ride and Bowl Shuttle service.  More than a third of the concert goers use the transportation system.

Hollywood Bowl parking map

19 Responses to Getting There

  1. christina says:

    Great site. Very helpful.

    I’ll be staying at the Hilton North in Glendale in July and was wondering the best way get to the Bowl from there? Driving and parking in the Hollywood & Highland lot then taking a shuttle from there? I may or may not have a rental car there. Haven’t decided yet.

    What are the best options?

    • christina says:

      Also, how late do the shuttles run? Would parking at the LA Zoo lot be a good option? Do you know how late their lot is open to park at?


      • admin says:

        Christina I live in Glendale and use the LA Zoo lot all the time. I go early so I can catch the first bus and start enjoying my evening. The buses leave pretty much right after the concert ends. There are quite a few that run as soon as one fills up. I have never seen the Zoo Lot closed. Hope this helps.

    • admin says:

      Christina I really like the Bowl Shuttle. It is easy in and easy out. The Bowl Staff does a great job of moving a lot of people at once. Being in Glendale I am not sure I would park at Hollywood & Highland. You will have to go across the Bowl traffic. You might want to think about the LA Zoo lot. Pretty close to your hotel and lots of parking.

  2. Eli says:

    We will be attending a concert this Friday, June 7th. We will be coming from Simi Valley. We were wondering what would be the best way to get there. Drive to a train station and take a shuttle there? Park at the bowl? It will be our first time there. Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Eli parking at the Hollywood Bowl can be a challenge. While you can ease this a bit by getting there early and avoiding the crowds, everyone leaves pretty much at the same time. Add to this stacked parking and it can take a while to exit the Bowl. Take a look at the Park and Ride or Bowl Shuttle. Easy in and out.

  3. Sandra says:

    I will attending Fleetwood Mac on May 25th and want to pay for preferred valet parking – how early can I show up to do that and what is the best way to get directly to valet parking coming off the 101 from the 110? (I am not familiar with the local streets and want to get to the valet parking as quickly and easy as possible)
    Thank you so much to whoever can help me 🙂

    • admin says:

      Sandra for lease events like Fleetwood Mac much of the valet parking is used by production folks, family and friends, etc. Valet parking at the Hollywood Bowl is purchased well before the date of the concert. As of now it seems there are no valet parking spots left. You can try calling the Hollywood Bowl Box Office up to 24 hours before the concert to see if something comes available. You can also keep an eye on eBay and Craigslist. There are stacked parking spots left.

      As an alternative you might consider using one of the satellite parking lots an take the Hollywood Bowl Shuttle. It’s inexpensive and they move those busses in and out pretty fast. Take a look at the Bowl Shuttle page.

      Hope this helps.

      • Sandra says:

        Awesome that was a very quick reply – thank you so much – I went to the Rod Stewart/Stevie Nicks show 1 or 2 years with someone and I just remember by chance ending up on a main drive – drove up and voila – Valet Parking which we took immediately – we were there very early as we had box seats and had ordered dinner…..I just want that same experience – had no idea you could buy in advance…..Thank you so much again 🙂

  4. Cristina says:

    Does anyone know how long it takes to get from the Pasadena park and ride to the Hollywood Bowl on a Saturday evening? Is taking the 7:00 pm bus for an 8:00 pm concert cutting it too close?

    • admin says:

      Cristina I have never taken the bus from Pasadena however I go use the Bowl Shuttle from the Zoo parking lot. Depending on the traffic it can take 40-45 minutes and I’m pretty sure it is a closer distance than Pasadena. Hope this helps.

  5. James says:

    I would like to know if there is valet parking for the Playboy Jazz Festival. This will be my 5th time going and I thought there was, but was told last year that it wasn’t. Getting out of the Bowl can be a real chore.

    Thanks, James.

    • admin says:

      James there is not. I suspect most of the space is taken for musicians and celebs. Every year I use the Bowl Shuttle to get me in and out of the craziness. It’s pretty quick in and out. Also pretty cheap as far as cost.

  6. Blake says:

    What’s the traffic like leaving the show? If I were to arrange for sedan service for my parents leaving the Andrea Bocelli concert in June in order to get them to the airport for a return flight later that night, will it be easy to locate their car and get out of the venue? (ie is there a dedicated place for sedan service? and is it is easy to leave or do most people get stuck in traffic for a long time?) The show starts at 8:00 PM. If they were to catch a 12:30 AM flight to return home, do you think it would be feasible to leave by 11:00 PM and make it the airport by 11:30 PM?

    • admin says:

      Blake exiting the Bowl after a concert can be tricky. Everyone leaving at once as well as stacked parking makes it a real chore. Lots of traffic every which way.There is a small section where car services and taxis wait but it is up the hill and not really official. The easiest way might be to catch one of the Bowl Shuttles. They get a clear shot out of the traffic. The sedan could drop them off and pick them up from one of the satellite lots. Even this might be hard to make a 12:30am flight. Here is a link to the official Hollywood Bowl Shuttle page. Hope this helps.

      • Blake says:

        This is really helpful. I switched their flight to Sunday morning and extended their hotel for an extra night so they can take their time and enjoy their first experience at the Bowl.

  7. Liz says:

    Great site, thanks for all this info.
    Is the taxi queue a reliable source? I’m thinking of taking public transportation to the venue and then just taking a cab back (I’m not a fan of public transit late at night, plus I don’t live near buses). Do you know if it’s worth it to try to catch a taxi going back or will there be more people than cabs?
    I understand if you can’t answer this!

    • admin says:

      Liz I can only give you my past experiences. I used a cab once to attend The Playboy Jazz Festival. Dropping off was a cinch. Getting a cab afterwards was very difficult. They did not have a taxi stand where cabs line up. All the traffic is coming out of the Bowl. We had to start walking up the road and wait for one to come. Things may have changed since. Call the Hollywood Bowl Box Office and ask if this has been solved.

  8. RICK LAKE says:

    Hi, great site and thank you for your prior answer. I asked this question before but cant find the answer or where i asked it, so forgive me for asking again. My son will be riding his motorcycle and meeting us there (we will be taking the shuttle from the zoo), is there a motorcycle area for him to park in and if so where is it?

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