There are currently two different pick-up and drop-off locations at Universal Studios Hollywood which are available to carpooling services such as Uber and Lyft or those dropping off friends and family members for a day at the park.
While where you get dropped off at Universal Studios Hollywood might not seem like a big deal, these locations are 20 minutes walking distance apart and subsequently have advantages and disadvantages depending on where within Universal Studios Hollywood you’re looking to go.
Universal Studios Hollywood Pick-Up & Drop-Off Locations
There are two different pick-up and drop-off locations at Universal Studios Hollywood. Each of these locations can be selected on Uber and Lyft and are also available to friends and family members dropping off / picking up.
If you are a friend or family member picking up or dropping off at Universal Studios Hollywood you do not need any special ticket or permission. Just follow the Uber & Lyft signs within Universal City.
Location #1 – Universal Studios Hollywood Park Entrance
If you are planning on heading straight into the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park then the best place to be dropped off is at the Frankenstein Parking Garage which is the closest parking garage to the Universal Studios Hollywood park entrance (roughly a 5-minute walk).
The Frankenstein Parking Garage is located to the right as you exit the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Follow the walkway and then take the escalator / stairs one floor down.
As a driver when you enter the parking garage simply follow the directions for Uber / Lyft wrapping around the island in the middle. Again, there are no ticket barriers however there are attendants on hand should you need them.
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Location #2 – Universal Hollywood CityWalk
If you’re looking to dine or shop at Universal’s CityWalk then the best pick-up / drop-off location is by the ET Parking Garage.
This parking garage is located at the far end of CityWalk behind the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant.
It’s worth noting that this parking garage is roughly a 20-minute walk from the Universal Studios Hollywood park entrance – so you really want to make sure you get the right location.
If you’re based in the UK I recommend buying your Universal Studios Hollywood park tickets from AttractionTix. They have the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.
If you’re based in the US or Canada I recommend Klook for your Universal Studios Hollywood tickets. They have the most competitive prices and a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
Benefits Of Pick-Up & Drop-Off At Universal Studios Hollywood
The cheapest parking available at Universal Studios Hollywood is currently $30 (before 5:00pm).
Subsequently, if you’re staying nearby it often works out cheaper (or close) to be picked up or dropped off at Universal Studios Hollywood either by Uber, Lyft or by friends and family.
The drop-off / pick-up location at the park entrance (Frankenstein Parking Garage) is the closest parking garage to the park and is only available to Preferred Parking guests (at a cost of $50 before 5:00pm) subsequently you’re getting a really good deal by being dropped-off or picked-up.
Not to mention the fact that driving around LA is incredibly stressful. Personally, I like to arrive at the park refreshed and ready to go, not stressed and frustrated so I’m more than happy to pay the cost of a carpool service.
While not driving does reduce some flexibility, I’ve never waited more than 10 minutes for an Uber or Lyft to pick me up or drop me off at Universal Studios Hollywood given the number of drivers in the area.
Universal Studios Hollywood Pick-Up & Drop-Off FAQs
Here are some other commonly asked questions about picking up and dropping off at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Yes, Uber is able to drop you off at two different locations within Universal Studios Hollywood. Either at the entrance of the theme park or at the back of CityWalk.
There are two drop-off and pick-up locations at Universal Studios Hollywood. Both of which are well signposted within Universal City.
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🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Universal Hollywood?
If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Universal Hollywood tickets.
Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.
Meanwhile, if you’re based in the United Kingdom. Then I recommend buying your Universal Hollywood theme park tickets from AttractionTix.
I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix consistently has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.
🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?
If you’re travelling to Universal Hollywood for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.
However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.
🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?
You don’t need to rent a car to visit Universal Hollywood, as the theme park has Uber / Lyft pick-up and drop-off points.
However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental for all of my trips to Los Angeles.
🏨 Where to Stay When Visiting Universal Hollywood?
When visiting Universal Hollywood, I recommend staying at Loews Hollywood. From this hotel, you can take an Uber or Lyft to Universal Hollywood in under 15 minutes.