Transportation to and from Los Angeles Airport

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What is the distance from Los Angeles Airport to the centre of Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is a large and busy city. During peak hours, travel times can be many times longer than usual. The distance from the airport to downtown Los Angeles is 18 miles (29 kilometres). You should take a travel time of at least 25 minutes into account. To Hollywood it takes also about half an hour, the distance is 18 miles (29 kilometres). Santa Monica and Venice Beach can be reached in 15 to 20 minutes by car.

From LAX Airport to los by Car

Public transport

Bus/Metro to Los Angeles

There are many ways to get around the city by public transport, however, a transfer is necessary. The first step is the bus from the airport to the LAX City Bus Transit Center bus station (Lot C Shuttle) or Aviation / LAX Station (Bus G Route) metro station. Both buses leave with great regularity, Lot C Shuttle from Upper / Departures Level and Bus G Route from Lower / Arrivals Level. The stops can be recognized by the orange with black sign ‘LAX Shuttle to Lot C’ and the blue sign indicating ‘LAX Shuttle Airline Connection’. At LAX City Bus Transit Center you can take several buses in the direction of Los Angeles, but you always have to change to another bus to actually get into the center. The total travel time for this trip is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. For the trip you will pay $ 1.75 twice, so in total you will lose $ 3.50 for the trip. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver and paid in cash. You can also use a TAP card. At Aviation / LAX Station you can travel further with Green Line Metro to 7th Street / Metro Center Station in the center of Los Angeles, you still have to change to Blue Line Metro in Willowbrook. More info can be found here, website LA Metro. INSIDER TIP: There is a fast bus connection between the bus stop Imperial / Aviation and 7th Street / Metro Center Station, Commuter Express 438.

The Metro Rail network in Los Angeles consists of six metro lines: Blue Line, Expo Line, Gold Line, Green Line, Purple Line, Red Line. At the end of 2019, the Crenshaw / LAX Line will be opened and two new metro stations in the Los Angeles area will be taken into use, namely Aviation / 96th Street and Aviation / Century. These stations will also be connected to the new northern connection of Green Line. In 2021 Aviation / 96th Street will be connected to the terminals of the airport by the LAX people mover.

Bus to Venice and Santa Monica (Big Blue Bus / LA Metro bus)

If you want to visit Venice or Santa Monica, you can take Big Blue Bus Route 3 in the direction of Downtown Santa Monica (SM) Station. The bus leaves 2 to 3 times per hour from LAX City Bus Transit Center (Lot C Shuttle). The first bus leaves around 05:00 in the morning and the last around 00:00 at night. The journey costs you $ 1.25 and you pay with the bus driver. You can also pay with a BBB token, with a TAP card or with the Token Transit App. The journey time to Downtown SM Station is approximately 30 minutes from LAX City Bus Transit Center. The journey time to Lincoln NB & Venice NS is approximately 20 minutes. From here it is a 25-minute walk to Venice Beach. You can also choose from here LA Metro bus line 33 or LA Metro bus line 733 in the direction of Venice. With both, you can get off at Venice’s Main / Grand bus stop for Venice Beach. For this bus, you pay $ 1.75 on top of the previously paid $ 1.25. More information can be found here, website and timetable Big Blue Bus Route 3.

Bus services

Bus transportation – FlyAway (Los Angeles and Hollywood)
It is faster and easier to choose FlyAway if you want to go to Downtown Los Angeles. From the airport, a direct shuttle bus goes to Union Station (Patsaouras Transit Plaza). Union Station is the largest train station in Los Angeles close to the center of the city, Little Tokyo and Chinatown. The FlyAway shuttle bus will take you here for $ 9.75 in about 45 minutes. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 05:00 and 01:00 and every 60 minutes between 01:00 and 05:00. You can pay for bus tickets with your debit or credit card on the bus. FlyAway shuttle buses depart outside each terminal (Lower / Arrivals Level) to Los Angeles, the bus stops are indicated by the green sign ‘FlyAway Buses and Long Distance Vans’. FlyAway brings travelers straight to and from Hollywood every hour, the price is $ 8.00 for a single journey. The first bus from Hollywood FlyAway Bus Stop leaves at 05.15, the last bus from Los Angeles Airport at 22.15. Four other destinations are also accessible with FlyAway, namely Long Beach, Metro Orange Line Bus Stop (San Fernando Valley), Van Nuys and Westwood (University of California Los Angeles). More info can be found here, timetable bus FlyAway.

Tickets

Go Los Angeles Card: Save up to 50% on Top Attractions

$ 92

The Go Los Angeles® Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Save up to 50% off retail prices on admission to over 30 top attractions and tours including Universal Studios Hollywood, Madame Tussauds and more.

Los Angeles Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

$ 50

Hop on the Los Angeles open-top sightseeing bus tour to discover the playground of the rich and famous. See all of the famous sights on the Hollywood route and learn about the history of the city from your live tour guide.

Universal Studios Hollywood: Early Access Ticket

$ 109.95

Enjoy early access to Universal Studios Hollywood and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the main gates open. Discover the thrilling theme park rides and shows, tour a working movie studio, and visit LA’s best shops and restaurants.

Activities

Hollywood Hills Hike

$ 48

Hike through the Hollywood Hills to a vantage point with stunning panoramic views. Watch the sun sink slowly into the ocean and the twinkling lights of Los Angeles light up the night, and get an entirely different perspective of this bustling city.

1-Hour Guided Hollywood Trolley Tour & Madame Tussauds Entry

$ 20

Take a one-hour guided trolley ride around Hollywood, the land of great entertainment! Learn about the history of the town while you soak up the California sun along the sights and sounds of Tinseltown.

Beverly Hills: Celebrity Bike Tour

$ 55

See where the stars live and play on this most popular bike tour that covers 10 miles. You will be taken through two of the most desired neighborhoods in the world to live in, Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and even see inside a famous mansion.

Tours and transport

Los Angeles Hollywood Studio Tour: Warner Bros.

$ 69

See sets from some of your favorite TV shows and movies on a 3-hour tour of Warner Bros. Studio, Hollywood. Discover where the greatest names in entertainment made history on a revealing behind-the-camera walk through studio lots, soundstages, and more.

LA in a Day: City Highlights Tour with Transfer Options

$ 94

Forget the traffic and parking and see LA in style in a clean and comfortable bus. Learn about the sites from an experienced guide and enjoy plenty of photo opportunities, including Venice Beach and the Hollywood Sign.

Hollywood Cannabis Tour

$ 65

Explore Hollywood and its Cannabis culture in this two and a half hour tour, featuring a grow room, dispensary visit, and a scenic drive through world-famous Hollywood.

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