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Angels Flight Railway

It's "the shortest railway in the world!"

Funicular resting at it's top station
Side view of the funicular with its rooftop sign "angels flight"


Affectionately nicknamed “the world's shortest railway,” Angels Flight in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles is a well-known, century-old funicular that over the last 118 years has become somewhat of a celebrity (in true Angeleno fashion). It's been featured in hundreds of movies and dozens of books, including La La Land, and Michael Connelly’s book Angels Flight®.

Even though the ride only lasts one minute, it's still one of the most fun things to do in downtown LA with friends and kids of any age. Riding one of its two trolleys (named Sinai and Olive) is the fastest way to travel between beloved Grand Central Market which sits at the bottom, 298 feet up to the Water Court shopping mall between Hill and Olive Streets (while avoiding the alternative, which is dozens of steep stairs) for just $1.

Angels Flight operates from 6:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays.

How to Get There

  • Take Metrolink to L.A. Union Station
  • Transfer to the Metro B (Red) or D (Purple) Line to Pershing Square Station
  • Walk north on S Hill St. to destination

Employee Recommended

Ahn Truong

Ahn T., Railroad Civil Engineer II

Anh is a Civil Engineer with more than fifteen years of experience in the railroad industry. As a native Southern Californian that grew up in Moreno Valley, he was excited to see the Metrolink system expand commuter rail services into his hometown in 2016. He graduated from the California Polytechnic Institute of Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) with a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. He has many roles in Metrolink’s Engineering & Construction Department, including managing the Metrolink engineer design standards and criteria, track charts, and several projects at Metrolink during the design phase. In his free time, Anh enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys.

Photo Credits: LA Tourism, Janice Marie Foote, Margaret Napier



350 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 626-1901
Angels Flight Railway