What's Los Angeles like?
Famous as the home of Hollywood, there's more to Los Angeles than star spotting. Look beyond the glitz and glamour and you'll find one of America's most cultured cities, with some of the country's finest art museums, stunning architecture, and restaurants to rival San Francisco.
What airlines operate flights to Los Angeles?
Five airlines have direct flights from Australia to Los Angeles:
Many more airlines offer connecting flights with 1 or more stops along the route, which can sometimes work out cheaper.
What's the best time to book?
When you book your Los Angeles flight 4 months ahead, you could save up to 9% on the average airline ticket price, according to Skyscanner research.
Do I need a visa?
Australian nationals and citizens are required to obtain travel authorisation to enter the United States. ESTA allows visa-free entry for up to 90 days.
You also need a valid passport with at least 1 blank page remaining.
How long is the flight to Los Angeles?
From Adelaide: 16 hours 55 minutes (1 stop)
From Brisbane: 13 hours (direct)
From Melbourne: 14 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)
From Perth: 19 hours 5 minutes (1 stop)
From Sydney: 13 hours 50 minutes (direct)
What's the best time to visit Los Angeles?
The weather in Los Angeles is pleasant all year round. Temperatures are similar to Australian coastal cities, except the seasons are reversed – so July and August are the warmest months (23°C average) and December and January are the coolest (14°C) and wettest months.
If you want to avoid the crowds, head to LA in the spring or autumn – from March to May or September to November.
How expensive is Los Angeles?
Eating out in Los Angeles is a little more expensive than in Australia, with the average restaurant meal costing a few dollars more. However, there's no shortage of cheap alternatives.
In 2017, US$1 exchanges to around AU$1.25.
What airport will I arrive at?
Los Angeles International, or LAX, is the 2nd busiest airport in America. It's the main gateway to the country from Australia, with many flights to other US destinations connecting and completing immigration at LAX.
International flights arrive at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT or Terminal B), which has ATMs, currency exchange and other facilities that can be used before continuing to your hotel.
How to get from Los Angeles airport to the city centre
After you pass through immigration and customs, you'll have a few options to choose from to get downtown.
Taxi: The journey takes 20 minutes in good traffic and should cost around US$75.
Airport bus: Different bus companies operate routes into the city and other areas. Fares depend on the destination.
Public bus: A free shuttle service takes passengers to a public bus terminal where they can continue to their destination.
Los Angeles information
Los Angeles is one of America's most multicultural cities, offering a huge variety of experiences wherever you travel.
Watch this video from The New York Times to get a taste of Koreatown, LA's foodie haven that's not only popular with Koreans.
Hollywood doesn't end at the Boulevard. After you've done the Walk of Fame, continue to Melrose Avenue for eclectic boutiques and dining.
If you want to avoid the crowds of Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier, head out to Long Beach, Manhattan Beach or Malibu instead.
LA's natural beauty is often overlooked. Griffith Park has hiking trails to suit all levels, with views of the valley and the Hollywood sign.
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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.
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