Public transport from LAX can be unbearably slow, but at least it's cheap. A free bus runs between the terminals and deposits you at the LAX Transit Center, where you can swap to a city bus. Free shuttles also run to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station, where you can catch a train headed in the direction of Redondo or Norwalk.
I don't know why, but around 2001, the officials of LA decided LAX needed a facelift. And by "facelift" I do mean all the superficial revisions the word implies, and not an overhaul. And it needs an overhaul.
But what we got instead, were the towering letters "LAX," shaped in the same style as the Hollywood sign, strategically placed at the front and back entrances of the airport. Wow, thanks, guys, 'cause, all those years, I'd been driving right past THIS FREAKING HUMONGOUS AIRPORT without the benefit of those three letters.
And we got glowsticks. There are 20-foot, for lack of a better word, glowsticks littering Century Blvd. paving the way to the airport. Why anyone thought it was necessary to treat our airport like a Vegas bordello, I couldn't tell you. Hence the name, for those who watch South Park, Big Gay Al's Big Gay Airport. If you follow the link to the official site, you'll get a sense of this on the main page.
LAX is probably my least favorite thing about LA. I call it the Pit of Hell. It is based on the urban planning of a donut. And the insane driving you always hear about mostly takes place here. When my friends come to LA and need a lift, I beg them to fly into Burbank, and I would rather walk over broken, sun-scorched glass to my destination than fly out of LAX.
If you must use LAX, park at Lot B at 111th and Lacienaga. At $8 a day, it's the cheapest, and with shuttles running every 15 minutes, you'll avoid the worst of the traffic.
On the upside, it has a groovy little restaurant featuring 60s lounge decor. It's easy to spot - it's the white spidery structure in the middle that you probably always thought was a control tower. Nope. Restaurant.
LAX despite stories I have heard is well organized and easy to arrive to or depart from.
Delays are minimal and lines are not bad for an airport of its size. The traffic to and from the airport is usually moderate. Generally arrive one to two hours before domestic flights and count on minimal delays for arriving guests.
You can take the Metro from LAX if you have plenty of time and patience. It's really only worth it if you're staying right off the route.
There is a shuttle from LAX to the Green Line. The Green Line hits the Blue Line, which takes you to downtown LA. From there you could take the Red Line to the Valley or the Gold Line to Pasadena.
Note that it can take 1 1/2 hours to get downtown. But it only costs $1.35.
A cab from LAX to downtown is a $30 flat rate & takes 15 minutes. So decide how much your time is worth.
Los Angeles has four major airports, LAX International airport, is just 3kms to the city and Ontario International Airport. Then they have two smaller ones Burbank-Glendale Airport and John Wayne Airport.
You can fly into the international airport (most people get to know it as LAX) from many places round the world, quite often non-stop as it's a major hub. It's quite pleasant inside, but I made the mistake of trying to sort out a place to stay after I'd got there, and between extremely unfriendly security guards and a major lack of phones where I was, it started to get quite tricky, but at least it worked out in the end. LA is definitely a place you should sort out your arrangements in advance. For more information on the airport, click on this link to the LAX website.
You should strongly consider renting a car. However, it does look like public transport in LA is slowly improving. There's lots more info at the LA County Metro Transport Authority website. Do check that public transport goes exactly where you want to go - there are places in LA they make it physically impossible to walk to!
I flew in LAX via United Airlines, only airline I have used, and had no trouble with the Airline or the Airport Staff in general.
With the States, they drive on the wrong side of the road to me, from New Zealand, so I would prefer to let someone else do the driving. Their road signs are also different in so many ways.
If arriving by plane domestically, try to avoid LAX and arrive at Burbank airport instead. It's centrally located to the Hollywood tourist destinations, has less than a third of the traffic congestion, and there is ample parking less than a half mile from the gate!
The best way to travel to Los Angeles is to fly into LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).
The best and only way to get around Los Angeles is if you have a car. Everything in LA is so spread around that there is no way to do anything unless youhave a car. So my suggestion is to rent a car and then plan things out.
From holland; best is to take a plane..(obvious..)
Rent a car at LAX,there are a lot of car rental agencies who try to out-price eachother when thre's not much business-travel going on (weekend,holidays).
LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)-- If possible, avoid arrival and departure at peak hours. Bank on spending at least an hour to get to the airport, during rush hours, even if you live 10 miles away.
There are other airports: BURBANK; JOHN WAYNE (Orange County); ONTARIO (San Bernandino).
CAR-COCHE-CARRO-... NO OTHER WAY.
I flew into LA with Laker and out to Tahiti with UTA and flew Back to LA with them. I eventually flew back to the UK with PAM. LA has one of the largest International Airports in the world.
Not by foot as I quickly learned. I realised really quickly you cant get around unless you use a bus or hire a car, As I didnt have my driving Licence I got to use the bus :-)
Easiest way if you're flying to LA, is to fly into either LAX or Burbank.
There are other airports such as Long Beach and Ontario but they're either further out or have less flights.
LAX isn't very crowded these days due to 9/11 and as of 15-Dec-01, you can stop at the curb to pick-up or drop-off passengers. But you can not leave you are un-attended. The fine is a minimum of $86. See the warning sign!!
this is what I did as soon as I arrived at the airport;I went outside where there is an attendant with a red shirt for prime time shuttles;I asked for a drive to hollywood,and the driver went inside my hostel and the hostel paid;to return back to the airport,I booked the shuttle which waited for me at 5.20 am in front of the hostel,and it cost me 11 $ to reach the airport
By plane (I'm serious... Really).
That's me at the cockpit of a Singapore Airlines (SIA) 747 plane.... with the Captain, the co-Captain and the Captain's wife (a dear friend!). :-)) Cool! The ONLY thing is that it's hard to look good when we're ALL suffering from jet lag... 'Tis almost a 17-hour flight, ya know... (not counting transit time). :-(( Oh well..... But then again, I'm not complaining since I got upgraded to Biz class and Jo Ann got a First Class seat for just being the WIFE of a Captain. Hm.