LAX, Los Angeles
Over the years of traveling, we had used Super Shuttle or Prime Time to get to the airport and back. The annoying aspect of these services if that there are other passengers that need to be picked up or dropped off. This makes our trip to and from the airport much longer than it needs to be (from where we live). I found a great service called BLimos which has door to door car service. I really, really like this but it costs a bit more.
Rapid Shuttle has a van and car service. The van service has direct route to and from the airport and is quite reasonable (half the cost of BLimos). I look forward to using this on my next trip in November 2014 and will update this tip with my experience.
If you are flying in to LA chances are LAX is your first stop. T1-US Airways and Southwest. T2 Northwest/KLM/Air France, Air China, all TACA Group airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air New Zealand, Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic. T3 Alaska/Horizon, Air Tran, Midwest, Frontier and ATA.
Bradley International Terminal....All other not at terminals 1-8. T4 American/American Eagle (a bus takes you to the Eagle terminal which is by the AA MX hangars) and some AA codeshare Qantas flights. T5 Delta/Connection, Aeromexico/communters, China Southern and some times Sun Country. T6 Continental, Copa, Virgin America and some United flights (there ticket counter is in front of T7) Air Jamaica also flys here seasonaly. T7-8 United and United Express. There is also a helipad in the center packing structure next to T4 if a limo is not your style. If you can take public transport to get here do so....getting here by car can take some time so do as they say and show up 2-2.5 hours early. The LA Metro runs a free bus from the Aviation Stop to all the terminals. The Parking Lot C bus on the luggage claim level will take you to a lot that is next to airport bus stand for all the city buses.
Most of the airport hotels run free shuttles to their hotels
LAX is the acronym and airport code for the Los Angeles International Airport. The Airport is located southwest of Los Angeles, along the beach, in he neighborhood of Westchester, 16 miles from downtown L.A. It is one of the world's largest and most busy airports with over 59 million passengers annually. By 2009, it was the 7th busiest airport in the world. It is the hub for United, Alaska, and Amiercan Airlines, a prime location also for Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Virgin America and a major gateway for Delta. It is also the base for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Air Station L.A. Facility with its world famous Dophin helicopters. With a land mass of over 3,500 acres it is one of the busiest airports in all of California next to San Francisco's International Airport. By 1958 the airport was expanded and re-designed by the architecure firm "Pereira and Luckman" who "amped" up the Airport in anticipation of the "Jet Age". By 1959, the first jet services arrived at LAX, connecting L.A. with N.Y.C. In 1981, a 700 million dollar expansion was completed to prepare for the 1984 Summer Olympics. The modernization renovation was never fully completed, and is why many wings and terminals at LAX are un-used. Severe damages were inflicted in 1992 with the Los Angeles Riots over the Rodney King beating. the "White Theme Building" resembles a "flying saucer sitting on four legs" with a restaurant suspended beneath the two intersecting arches that form the legs. This building was designated a cultural and historical monument by 1992. The airport was closed again in 1994 after massive destruction due to the Northridge Earthquake. 4 million dollars later, LAX was renovated with a "retro-futuristic interior" and lighting designed by Walt Disney Imagineering opening the "Encounter Restaurant" in 1997. By 2000, when L.A. hosted the Democratic National Convention, the construction of 15 acryllic glass cylinders, 10 stories high, were placed in a circle around the intersection of Sepulveda and Century Blvds, with additional cylinders of decreasing height following Century Blvd. eastward. These were designed by Nick Groh and Clint Woesner as a gateway to the airport and welcoming landmark to LAX visitors. LAX is designed with nine passenger terminals arranged in a "U" called a "horseshoe" served by a shuttle bus. There are also over 2 million square feet of cargo facilities at LAX. The "Encounter" Restaurant was temporarily closed due to security reasons after 9/11 and re-opened to the public on June 10, 2010. "Imperial Hill" or "Clutter's Park" is a local's favorite place for commercial aircraft spotting as well as a spot of grass in Westchester next to the In-N-Out Burger restaurant which allows for viewing low-flying commercial airlines and used as a prime filming location for such feats.
L.A. has never really been a destination for me but a pass through point to another location. We usually go through LAX to connect to Sydney or on a MR. Our last trip to LAX was a MR on AA during February 2011. LAX is not my prefered airport since there is little in the ways of food options but I enjoy their Admiral's Club very much.
Arriving in LAX is quite convenient and quick. If you are arriving from a foreign country, my experience with going through customs has always been quick and efficient. Those arriving from Canada also have the advantage that they have gone through US Customs before they departed and do not have to go through the line up again when they arrive. However, as you depart, the lines for the metal detectors can be very long. Be prepared to add a half hour to forty-five minutes to your gate arrival time. In all US metal detector lines, be prepared to have to take off your shoes and jackets and scarves before passing by.
When going between the domestic and international part of the airport, most will go out side and have to go through security a second time. What is little known is that there is a tunnel between these two parts of the airport which is shorter. You need to ask where it is, it is almost unused except by employees at this point. My brother stumbled on it when asking directions, so I thought I would put this up.
Tunnel has been closed to general public.
LAX is the International Airport in Los Angeles. It is huge and chaotic, the second busiest airport in the USA with 9 terminals serving every airline you can think of for domestic and international destinations. It was built in 1961 but there was an earlier one since 1928 that was used for military flights before. Although it is full of restaurants, shops and banks I just wanted to get away as soon as possible. It is famous for many flight delays too.
There many car rentals next to it, a shuttle bus will transfer you there from the area outside the baggage claim.
Some alternative airports (with better ticket prices many times) are LGB(Long Beach), BUR(Burbank) and ONT(Ontario), They may be closer to your final destination too.
The International Airport in los angeles or more popularly known as LAX is the second busiest airport in the United States hence it is a very big Airport having Nine Airport Terminals and 88 airlines serving the LA route (both International and domestic). Originally known as Mines Field, the LAX site has been used as a general aviation field since 1928. During World War II, it was used for military flights. Commercial airline service started in December 1946. The present terminal complex was constructed in 1961. In the early 1980s, LAX added domestic and international terminals and a second-level roadway. Each terminal at Los Angeles International Airport serves several airlines and a large number of destinations. Each terminal has a variety of restaurants, bars, newsstands and shops. Business services, banks and ATMs are also available
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"Jump on FlyAway to Union Station and get on Amtrak.
FlyAway is four bucks each way, goes direct from the airport and is how I travel...and I'm a local. It drops you right at the Amtrak terminal for the ride to San Diego. And, let me tell you, traffic to and from San Diego can be brutal, doubling the travel time...whereas, Amtrak is immune. "
Flyaway bus link at LAX:
(You want to go to Union Station.)
I don't recommend the connection if you're flying in late at night. Downtown is not tourist-friendly. Stay in a hotel near the airport if that's the case. I recommend Custom Hotel in Westchester. It's close, but worlds away. It's located in a small neighborhood commercial district about 3 minutes away by taxi. Quite a different experience from the other airport-adjacent hotels. There are some nice restaurants in the neighborhood. A favorite is Alejo's.
I've had to pick up quite a few people at LAX before, and no matter which way you come in- the 405, the PCH to Lincoln, or off Sepulveda- you'll never be able to pinpoint picking someone upwithout driving around or paying to park. Until now- the waiting lot. I'd grab some Titos Tacos, roll over here and eat while waiting for my pickup tocall me to say they had landed- then I "swoop" in, "scoop" them at their terminal, and off we go, without some crazy wait. And the Cellphone waiting lot is free, too- and they say nothing in life is free! The LAX lot is off of Airport Rd. near the car rental return locations.
LAX (Los Angeles International) is the world's fifth busiest passenger airport and America's second busiest airport for overseas flights. United, American Airlines, Southwest, and Delta operate the majority of the flights to and from 87 domestic and 69 international destinations. The airport has nine terminals and can be reached from I-405 and I-105
The airport was created in 1928, with its first hanger now a historic landmark. In 1941 the airport was named Los Angeles Airport, with it receiving the LAX designation in 1949.
LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world. Every possible international flight can be taken from LAX. Because so many flights are scheduled through LAX, you can book some fairly reasonable air fare to the most popular destinations. Basic problems with flying out of LAX is flight delays. Driving into LAX is not too complicated. The lower level is for arrivals and the upper level is for departures. Curb side parking is not allowed - you will get a ticket. It is strickly for loading and unloading, then you can park. Do NOT double park (even for loading or unloading) - you will get a ticket. Other airports you can take flights out of that are in the SoCal area are Burbank, Ontario and John Wayne airports. LAX is easily accessible from the 105 Freeway.
LAX is one of the busiest airports on the West Coast due to the sheer volume of flights both domestic and international. It's the most frequently used gateway to the Hawaiian Islands. This volume creates a bit of a mess, but its not all that bad with all things considered. One thing I will tell you that the mens bathroom in the USAirways wing of LAX are the worst bathrooms I've ever seen in any airport, you have to hold your breath when you go in there. There isn't as much to do in this airport either, in comparison to your Detroit or Chicago connections. It is fairly easy to access from the 405 and I-10, and the rental car shuttles are very frequent at most hours. The surrounding neighborhood isn't great at all, so know where your going before you drive off.... Inglewood isn't the best place to get lost in, especially at night!
Booking sooner than later will save you money. The exception to this is web-fares which are usually published by major U.S. airlines on the Tuesday/Wednesday for the following Saturday/Monday. Check online for those details. JetBlue is generally the cheapeast ticket from New York into Burbank or Long Beach. Burbank is pretty convenient to Hollywood. You can also take a bus to a train to Downtown from there (never done that myself). Long Beach is pretty far out of LA proper, but you can take a bus to the subway and then into downtown L.A. or even Hollywood for about $5, but it'll take almost two hours. That I've done.
Travelers have to prepare to go around in circles at LAX airport. Some can eventually stop at a new, designated point. As of May 10, 2006, visitors to LAX can have Valet service for parking!! Rates are $10/hr, up to $$38 a day. Already local airports John Wayne (Orange co) and Bob Hope (Burbank) have valet service,