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Getting from Southern California Airports to your hotel

Now that you have decided on booking that trip to sunny Southern California. The next question is how do you get from the airport to your hotel room. Los Angeles area is so spread out that getting from one point to another can be a challenge.

Don't be discouraged, there are ways to do it and we will show you the best and cheapest way to get from the airport to your hotel.

 

First, there are five commercial airports in the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles International (LAX),

John Wayne/Orange County (SNA),

Long Beach (LGB), Burbank (BUR), and

Ontario (ONT).

LAX is the biggest airport in the area and is served by more airlines. Also flights going there may be cheaper.

On the other hand, If you plan to visit SeaWorld, Legoland, San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, consider taking a flight to San Diego International Airport.

Cheapest way to travel from LAX

From Destination Transportation Fare
LAX Metro Green Line Aviation Station LAX Shuttle Bus G FREE
LAX Downtown LA LAX FlyAway Bus $7 one-way
LAX Disneyland Area Hotels Disneyland Resort Express Adult: $22
Child: $19
LAX Knott's Berry Farm Area Hotels Disneyland Resort Express Adult: $22
Child: $19
LAX Expo /La Brea LAX FlyAway Bus $25 one-way
LAX Westwood LAX FlyAway Bus $10 one-way
LAX Van Nuys LAX FlyAway Bus $7 one-way
LAX Simi Valley Roadrunner Shuttle Check website
LAX Ventura

Roadrunner Shuttle

Central Coast Shuttle

Check website

See below

LAX Santa Barbara

Roadrunner Shuttle

Central Coast Shuttle

Check website

See below

LAX Other Locations throughout LA

Prime Time Shuttle or

SuperShuttle

Check website

Check website

LAX Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Prime Time Shuttle or

SuperShuttle

 
LAX Burbank Airport (BUR)

Prime Time Shuttle or

SuperShuttle

 
LAX Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Prime Time Shuttle or

SuperShuttle

 
LAX Newhall, Palmdale and Lancaster Antelope Valley Airport Express see below
LAX Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria Santa Barbara Airbus see below
LAX Ventura, Oxnard Ventura County Airporter see below

 

 

Central Coast Shuttle - Travels to the Central Coast area including: Ventura, Santa Barbara, Buellton, and Santa Maria. For more information, Call 1-800-470-8818 or visit www.cclax.com. Fares from $68

Antelope Valley Airport Express - Travels to Newhall, Palmdale and Lancaster in the Antelope Valley. Distance is approximately 75 miles (121 kilometers) north of LAX. Fares from $40

www.antelopeexpress.com

Santa Barbara Airbus - Travels to Santa Barbara, plus nearby Goleta and Carpinteria. Travel time from LAX is usually between one and a half to two hours. Fares from $44. www.sbairbus.com

Ventura County Airporter - Travels to Ventura and Oxnard. Travel time from LAX is about one hour to one hour and a half hour. Fares from $35 www.venturashuttle.com

Los Angeles Area Airport Transport

Taking a Taxi in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Taxi

Los Angeles TaxiCab

Taxis are also available, but they can be expensive due to the long distances. Note: When you take a taxi from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you will be presented with a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations. Only authorized taxis with an official seal, illustrated on each vehicle, are permitted in the airport.

Click here for more information on taking a taxi and fares:

 

Taking a Shuttle in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Shuttle

Super ShuttleYou can easily get a shuttle from any Los Angeles area airport to your hotel. It's best to make a reservation ahead of time but shuttles operate every few minutes and a Coordinator of the particular shuttle company you wish to use will place you with the first available shuttle.

Two shared ride van companies, Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle, operate out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and are authorized to serve all Southern California counties.

Call directly or use the Web links to find the shuttle that best suits your needs.

Super Shuttle
(800) 974-8885
PrimeTime Shuttle
1-800-RED-VANS or (800) 733-8267

Note: Free shuttle bus service is provided from Los Angeles International Airport to the Aviation Metro Rail Station. Passengers wishing to use this shuttle bus service should wait under the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal, and board the "G" Shuttle.

Renting a Car in Los Angeles

Rent a car in Los Angeles

LA is one of the cheapest places in the country to rent a car. The city of LA sprawls over such a large area that getting around without a car can be frustrating and time consuming. The complex network of freeways connecting the sprawl can be intimidating, especially for those not used to driving in big cities, but with a map or good directions, hiring a car is the best and most popular way to see LA.

Approximately 40 rental car companies operate out of LAX, but only ten rental car companies are permitted to pick-up and drop-off their customers directly from the airline terminals using courtesy shuttles. These are the following companies:

Car Rental Companies
Advantage Dollar Payless
Alamo Enterprise National
Avis Hertz Thrifty
Budget Fox  

 

 

Taking the Disneyland Resort Express Bus

Disneyland Resort Express Bus

Disneyland Resort Express BusDisneyland Resort Express Bus

Servicing most hotels in Anaheim, Buena Park, Garden Grove and Orange, the Disneyland ® Resort Express is a very convenient way to travel between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA), and the Disneyland® Resort and the Anaheim area hotels. Click here for more information and fares

 

Taking the LAX FlyAway Bus

Los Angeles Bus

Flyaway BusLAX FlyAway Bus

FlyAway is a Convenient Non-Stop Bus Service to LAX from

Expo /La Brea
Union Station (Downtown Los Angeles)
Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley) and
Westwood (West Los Angeles)

From LAX: You would catch the "Flyaway" bus on the "Arrival / Lower Level" of each terminal. Look for a green sign saying "Flyaway, Buses & Long Distance Vans". They depart LAX every 30 minutes on the hour & half hour daily from 5:00 am to 1 :00 am.

FlyAway Tickets

Irvine $25.00 one-way
Van Nuys $7.00 one-way

Union Station $7.00 one-way

Westwood $10.00 one-way
Children under 5:; Free ; Official Website

SuperShuttle Van Rides from LAX to Anaheim Area Hotels

San Diego Area Airport Transport

Taking a Taxi in San Diego

San Diego Taxi

Taxis are readily available at the airport’s Transportation Plaza across from Terminal 1 and 2 and the Commuter terminal. If you need a taxi at San Diego International Airport, simply follow the signs leading to the airport's Transportation Plaza. Lindbergh International Airport is conveniently located, approximately three and half miles from the heart of the downtown area. A typical taxi fare from the airport to downtown would range from $8.00 $10.00 dollars.

Taking a San Diego Airport Shuttle

San Diego Shuttle

You can easily get a shuttle from the San Diego Airport Transportation Plaza across from Terminal 1 and 2 and the Commuter terminal. Shuttles operate every few minutes and a Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available shuttle, unless you specify a particular shuttle company.

Click here for more information, shuttle companies and phone numbers.

Renting a Car at San Diego Airport

San Diego Car Rental

Car Rental shuttles at San Diego International Airport, are located at the Transportation Plaza across from Terminal 1 and 2 and the Commuter terminal. There are no car rental service counters at the San Diego International Airport. Travelers should use the baggage claim transportation phones to contact the rental car companies.

Taking the Bus from San Diego Airport

San Diego MTS BusSan Diego Bus

If you are traveling light and want to save money. Buses run throughout the city and fares cost $1.75 to $2.25.

Lindbergh Field which is San Diego Airport is serviced by route 992.

Check the bus map and schedule for more information.

Bus Fares

San Diego Bus Map & Schedule

San Diego Airport Limo Service

Driving in California

The city of Los Angeles was designed with the automobile in mind and is more driver-friendly than most big cities in the US.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to drive.

1) You must have valid driver's license and liability insurance to legally drive within the state of California.

2) Child seats are a requirement for children weighing under 60 pounds or for children under the age of 6 years old.

3) Driving while intoxicated is illegal and anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or greater will be immediately arrested.

4) Seat belts are mandatory when your vehicle is in motion.

5) Car pool lanes are for vehicles with two or more passengers. (Infants count, pets do not!) To enter or exit the carpool lane properly and legally you must wait until the broken white line appears. If you cross the double yellow line to get in or out of a carpool lane you will be given aticket and a stiff fine of $271.00.

Don't Trash California 6) Starting July 1, 2008 it will be against the law to drive on California roads while talking on your cell phone. All drivers must use a hands-free device.

7) If possible, avoid rush hour traffic, which is heaviest from 7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm.

LAX FlyAway Bus

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