Los Angeles Airport: how to get to the city | Elena Kazantseva's blog 2btraveler.ru

Los Angeles Airport (LAX Airport), opened in 1928 – one of the largest air traffic hubs in the United States. It has four runways. The building is often used for filming movies and commercials. He will be discussed in this review.

Los Angeles Airport Map

The terminals of Los Angeles Airport (there are 9 in total) resemble a horseshoe in shape. 3,4,6,7 and 8 terminals accept domestic flights. 1,2,5 – international flights. The ninth terminal – Tom Bradley International Terminal (B) accepts international flights of such airlines as Aeroflot, Alitalia, Emirates, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish airlines. Communication between the terminals is provided by free shuttles, and terminals 4, 5 and 6 are additionally connected by a wide underground tunnel. Comfortable buses run between terminals every 15 minutes. To go between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd terminals, you need to go through the inspection procedure again.


los angeles airport terminal scheme


All terminals have ATMs and currency exchange points (round-the-clock), first-aid posts (from 10:00 to 22:00), restaurants, toilets, mother and child rooms, mobile phone charging stations, and open Wi-Fi. The buildings are decorated in a simple classic style, nothing fanciful.

Parking areas are scattered around the entire perimeter of the airport. Tariffs:

  • the first 15 minutes are free;
  • for the first hour of parking, pay $ 5;
  • every next 30 minutes – $ 4;
  • the maximum cost of the service per day is $ 40.

Luggage Storage

Left-luggage offices at the Los Angeles airport are absent. But you can use the services of a private company LAX Luggage Storage. Official site https://laxluggagestorage.com . It can also be found with the rates. For $ 5, a courier will pick up your luggage at the airport and deliver it safely to your company’s office. You can thank him with a tip. The cost of storing a suitcase will cost you $ 12 per day.

Duty free

You will find the best Duty Free zones with a large assortment of goods in terminals 1,2 and 8. Luxury boutiques like Gucci, Burberry and others stand separately.


california los angeles airport


How to get to Los Angeles from the airport.

LAX Airport in Los Angeles is 16 km from the city center. I tell you how you can get to different parts of the capital of the American film industry.

Los Angeles Airport Taxi

Taxi ranks (including Uber and Lyft) are now removed from the terminals. I show the location of the parking on the map:



To get to the parking lot, you need to take the free shuttle. At Terminal B, the stop is located to the right of the exit. In the parking lot, choose to use a regular taxi or book a car through the uber ( bonus for the first trip ) or lyft ( bonus for the first trip ) applications . When you travel to Hollywood, you pay about $ 50 for Uber, taxi is a bit more expensive.

Transfer from Los Angeles Airport

When ordering a transfer, the driver will meet you with a sign in the arrival hall, you will not need to run around with your luggage in search of a transfer stop, then catch the Internet to order uber or wonder what the final cost of a taxi ride will be. Most likely, that the car will drive up to the exit from the terminal.

After a 15-hour flight and more than a day on the road, the head is already not understanding well, the only thing I want is to get to the bed faster. Therefore, I sincerely recommend you ordering either a transfer or a taxi.

Transfer to Los Angeles to Hollywood will cost from $ 120 ( book here ), to Beverly Hills – from $ 80 ( book here ), to Santa Monica – from $ 100 ( book here )

LAX Buses to Los Angeles

FlyAway Bus Lines depart from Los Angeles International Airport. You will see stops at the exit from each terminal. Tickets are bought directly on the bus using a credit card. Free bus travel is provided for children under 5 years old.

The distance between the airport and Downtown business district is 35 km. You will get to the city center (Union Station) for $ 9.75 and 50 minutes if there are no traffic jams on the road.

The first bus to Hollywood leaves at 5:15, the last at 19:15. The fare is $ 8. Spend about an hour on the road. During this time you will overcome 40 km.

In Beverly Hills, you will have to use two types of public transport at once – the subway and the bus. First, take the subway to Wishire / Western station ($ 1.75 travel), then you will need route number 720. It runs along Wilshire Boulevard. The entire journey takes 90 minutes.

From the airport, Santa Monica is 22 km away. Take bus number 3. You will spend about 30 minutes on the way. Give $ 7 for a ticket.

If you want to go directly from the airport to Disneyland, which is located in the city of Anaheim, you will have to overcome more than 50 km. Shuttle Disneyland Resort Express will come to your aid. For a one-way ticket, pay $ 20 for a child and $ 30 for an adult. If you immediately take return tickets, it will be cheaper – $ 35 and $ 48, respectively.

Unfortunately, from January 7, 2020, the Disneyland Resort Express service stops working, this is stated on the official website https://dre.coachusa.com/ . Forever it, or temporarily, I can’t say, therefore, I recommend checking on the site before the trip.

An alternative can be an individual transfer , its cost is from $ 150 one way. Or a round-trip transfer from Los Angeles for $ 55 (details are here )

Los Angeles Subway: how to get from the airport

Los Angeles City Metro consists of 6 lines and 80 stations. The nearest Avaitian Station / LAX (green line) is accessible via the Green Lone Bus shuttle (free). Pay $ 1.75 for a metro ticket. On it you will get to Downtown, Long Beach, Hollywood.

Rent a car at the airport

Car rental at the Los Angeles airport is a favorite mode of transportation for many. A car can be booked in advance through the rentalcars.com service. You can get from Los Angeles Airport to the center by car in 30-50 minutes, depending on road conditions.

The car rental companies themselves are located outside the airport. Employees take their customers from the airport to the office and back using free shuttles. In America, it is customary to leave a deposit for the period of car rental ($ 200-300). The cost of renting an economy car starts at $ 35 per day.


Read also my review of car rental in California


Los Angeles Airport Hotels

Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport (rating – 8.6) – 3 * hotel 0.7 km from the airport. A free shuttle service is available for hotel guests. On the territory there is an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a good restaurant with international cuisine. The rooms are clean, fully equipped. For a double room with one large bed (29 m²) – from $ 200 per day with breakfast.

Hotel Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles LAX / Century Boulevard has a 3 * rating of 8.5. Los Angeles Airport is 0.8 km away (shuttle service free). It offers private parking, a rich restaurant, fitness center, coffee shop and mini market. The cost of accommodation per day in a double room – from $ 143.

H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection By Hilton – an excellent 4 * hotel complex with a rating of 8.8. Los Angeles International Airport is 0.9 km away. Airport shuttle is free of charge. The hotel has a rooftop terrace with great city views. There is also a modern business center, two restaurants serving American cuisine, an outdoor pool. The staff speaks English, Spanish and Filipino. From $ 180 per day per room. Breakfast – $ 15 per person per night.

Now you know how to get to Los Angeles from the international airport of Los Angeles (USA).

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