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Getting Here

Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

The Observatory is the best vantage point for observing the world-famous Hollywood Sign.

Directions

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

Enter this address into GPS or mapping programs, or use the map below for quick reference.

Visitors may approach the Observatory via the Vermont or Fern Dell entrances to Griffith Park (see map below). Please note that access via Fern Dell closes each evening at sunset.

Map to Griffith Observatory

Parking

Parking at the Observatory is free but limited. The busiest times are usually on weekends and holidays. There may be an uphill walk to the Observatory from some of the parking available along the roads and near the Greek Theatre. Visitors are encouraged to carpool, organize bus trips, hike, cycle, or even take a taxi. Observatory traffic staff will be on hand to help keep traffic moving through the park, preventing gridlock if the Observatory's parking lot and adjacent roads become full.

Note:  The Greek Theatre season runs from April-November.  Heavy traffic on concert nights may affect how quickly you are able to reach the Observatory. The right northbound lane on Vermont Avenue is always open for Observatory traffic to bypass those trying to park at the Greek. For the schedule of Greek Theatre shows, please click here.

Public Transportation

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) operates weekend public bus service from the Vermont/Sunset Metro Red Line station to the Observatory. The LADOT Observatory Shuttle operates every Saturday and Sunday, except holidays, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and stops in front of the Observatory along the horseshoe driveway every 35 minutes. The fare is 50 cents, 25 cents for seniors and persons with disabilities, and free for small children (4 years and under) and LADOT or Metrolink pass holders. There is NO parking in or around the Metro station. For more information, click here.

The Observatory Weekend Shuttle WILL run on Saturday and Sunday evenings when there are concerts at the Greek Theatre. However, it is possible it will be slightly delayed because of traffic congestion. Also, on show nights there will be parking restrictions in and around the Greek Theatre.

Hiking and Biking

Those hiking to the Observatory are encouraged to take one of the hiking trails which originate near the Greek Theatre or Fern Dell. There is public parking near all trailheads. Those cycling to the Observatory should use paved park roads (not the park trails or fire roads) and may park in public spaces around the park. The Observatory has several bike racks.

Disabled Access

The Observatory has designated disabled parking spaces for those with official plates and/or placards. To access these spaces, please approach the checkpoint in the parking lot and speak with the traffic staff. Disabled access shuttles coming to the Observatory will be passed through at all times (even when the parking lot is full) and will drop off at the horseshoe driveway in front of the building. Such shuttles may not park at the Observatory.

Groups and Tour Buses

NO RESERVATION NEEDED: Groups are encouraged to visit the Observatory, whether via school buses, private charter buses, or tour buses. Groups do not need to make any kind of reservation to visit the Observatory or notify the Observatory in advance of their visit.

NO BUS OR SHUTTLE PARKING: Groups in buses coming to the Observatory will be passed through (even when the parking lot is full) and must drop off at the horseshoe driveway in front of the building. NO buses may park or wait at the Observatory at any time. Buses must leave after dropping off passengers and return when they are ready to pick up visitors; there simply is not room at the Observatory for safe parking. There is generally parking available around the Greek Theatre, though this is not guaranteed.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS: We welcome and encourage school and camp groups to visit during public hours of operation. While we are not able to provide tour guides for group tours, our knowledgeable and experienced Museum Guides are located around the building to help make your visit successful.

CHAPERONE RESPONSIBILITIES: Groups with children must have sufficient adult chaperones (1 adult for every 10 children) who must stay with the children at all times. Chaperones must ensure the safety of all children by prohibiting horseplay, running, climbing on exhibits, or other disruptive activity. Chaperones should ensure children do not bring food, drinks, or gum into the building.

BUYING SAMUEL OSCHIN PLANETARIUM SHOW TICKETS: See the guidelines. We are not able to make ticket reservations in advance. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets only for group members who have already arrived, as there can be no refunds, exchanges, or late seating.

Taxis and Limos

Visitors are welcome to arrive via taxi, limo, airport shuttle, and other similar conveyances. NO taxis, limos, or other such vehicles may park or wait at the Observatory at any time. Griffith Park inbound gates close each evening at 10:00 p.m., so if you are being picked up by a cab or friend, please make sure they are in the park before 10:00 p.m.