Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the busiest airports in the world, and offers its 75 million annual passengers hundreds of direct and connecting destinations to places all over the world. Built in the 1920s, Los Angeles’ premier aviation facility has seen its terminals and runways grow to accommodate its growing traffic. This is a slick, and well-organised airport, that makes transiting through the terminals a breeze. Anyone looking to bask in the sunlight of Malibu’s beaches, stroll down the star studded Hollywood walk, or enjoy the designer shops of Rodeo Drive, will find themselves flying into Los Angeles International.
If you’re feeling peckish when you transit through this airport, each terminal offers a variety of restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets and bars you can pick up food in. In the international terminals you’ll find comprehensive duty-free sections, and each part of the airport has shops you can pick up books, travel goods, and souvenirs in. Make use of the free WiFi available in all nine terminals if you need to contact family or friends, or head for the public telephones or mobile phone hire kiosks. Other facilities include conference rooms, lounges, first aid stations, recharging spots, and information desks.
Flights from Australia to Los Angeles are usually operated by Qantas, United, American Airlines, Delta, and Virgin Australia. However, there are lots of other carriers that run this route, such as Hawaiian Airlines, ANA, Air New Zealand, LATAM, Air Tahiti Nui, China Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Philippine Airlines, Japan Airlines, British Airways, EVA Air, China Southern, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and China Easter.
· There is a dedicated car rental building located off-site where you will have 40 companies to choose from. If you’d like a quicker way to choose and book a car, use our comparison tool to reserve your vehicle. The journey is 32km, and should take around 40 minutes. Get on the I-105 East, then take the I-110 North, then take the 6th Street/9th Street exit towards Downtown. Follow signs for 4th street, and merge onto West 4th Street, and you will be in the centre of Los Angeles.
· There are shuttle buses that will take you to the Metro free of charge. Just take the Green Line for about 1.50USD ($2) into Downtown.
· The buses in the city can be very slow, and generally locals will take the local shuttle services run by Super Shuttle and PrimeTime Shuttle, which charge their rates depending on where you’re going, but usually run to about 20-40USD ($28-55). If you do decide to take the bus, the fastest option is the FlyAway bus to Union station for 8USD ($11). Otherwise, private transfers can be booked online and are a nice alternative if you are travelling with others.
· Taxis are pretty expensive in Los Angeles, and can be even more so during rush hour, but expect to pay roughly 40USD ($55) to Downtown, and around 35USD ($48) to Hollywood.
Please note that information is correct as of September 2016