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Car Hire from Los Angeles International Airport

Car Hire at Los Angeles International Airport

This information is correct as of August 2015.

From the main airport that serves the Greater Los Angeles Area in the U.S. state of California, get a car rental and visit the city’s many tourist attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Park, Getty Center, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Sign, La Brea Tar Pits, and Staples Center, to name a few.

Where to hire a car at Los Angeles International Airport

Around 40 car rental providers have off-airport sites from Los Angeles International Airport. Many of these car rental companies have phone links inside or near the baggage claim areas on the Lower/Arrival Level of the airport’s terminals. The phone links make it possible for customers to request a free shuttle pick-up from the airport to the car rental sites. The car rental providers that provide pick-up and drop-off services from the terminals with courtesy shuttles are Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, Payless, National, and Thrifty. The companies will wait for the car rental customers on the Lower/Arrival Level islands outside the baggage claim area, under the purple sign ‘Rental Car Shuttles’. Other car rental providers, on the other hand, can be contacted from the terminals through the free phones at the interactive Visitors Information Centers. The customers of these providers will then be transported to the Off-Airport Rental Car Terminal through the free LAX Shuttle Airline Connection Bus.

What to expect when hiring a car from Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport in south-western Los Angeles is around 16 miles or 26 kilometres from Downtown Los Angeles. It is located immediately west of the interchange between Century Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard (State Route 1). Via Century Boulevard, you can get to the 405 Freeway to the east. Via Sepulveda Boulevard, the 105 Freeway can be reached to the south.

Los Angeles International Airport is 19.6 miles or 31.5 kilometres away from the city centre Los Angeles, California. To get to the city centre, drive down I-105 E and I-110 N, along with other thoroughfares like S La Brea Ave and I-10 E. Heading in or out of the airport, some of the petrol stations that serve the nearby area include Shell, ARCO, Mobil, Chevron, Clean Energy, and more.

Driving around Los Angeles International Airport

Rush hour in Los Angeles happens from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the weekday mornings and afternoons. Major freeways that serve the city include Glendale Freeway, Santa Ana Freeway, Antelope Valley Freeway, Foothill Freeway, San Diego Freeway, Long Beach Freeway, and more. Major highways on the other hand include Pacific Coast Highway or Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard, Decker Canyon Road, in addition to many more.

Getting to your destination

Santa Barbara
Get to Santa Barbara for Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf, Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and Lotusland.

Starting from Los Angeles International Airport, drive for 96.8 miles or 155.8 kilometres to reach Santa Barbara via US-101 N or CA-126 W and US-101 N.

San Diego
Some of the most visited attractions in San Diego include SeaWorld San Diego, Balboa Park, USS Midway Museum, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Cabrillo National Monument, Birch Aquarium, and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

For more or less two hours, 125 miles or 201 kilometres from Los Angeles International Airport, get to San Diego via I-40S and I-5 S or I-15 S.

Palm Springs
Palm Spring highlights include Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Springs Air Museum, Mount San Jacinto State Park, in addition to many more.

From Los Angeles International Airport, getting to Palm Springs will take approximately two hours with routes going down CA-60 E, CA-91 E, CA-210 and I-10 E. The drive will cover around 122 miles or 196.3 kilometres.

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