Metro Green Line to LAX, Los Angeles
Getting into LAX is always a headache- either a little one or a migraine. By car, it can be frustratingly long, tricky and expensive (for parking). If manageable, use the free LAX shuttle, which comes from key points in the outer airport area, namely the Aviation Green Line stop (as pictured). Riding on the Green, I have notice on several occasions tourists taking good advantage of the line, which is about a mile away from the main airport. For now, the Green Line does not go directly in the immediate airport area. There is some talk of changing this, creating an extension of the Green Line-but this is just slow to action, L.A. talk that is more like hot air!
The Green line has become my best friend. It has helped me out and can do this for locals and travelers alike a lot connecting to L.A.X and eventually to the Blue Line which goes downtown. One can have good views of L.A. and the greater L.A suburban area along the entire trip (providing that the smog doesn't show its constant ugly face). The ending stop on the Green is Redondo Beach (but unfortunately, the last stop is no way near the crashing waves and sweeping sand.
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.
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.