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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is ranked sixth in the world for number of passengers and 13th in tonnage of air cargo handled. The central complex features nine passenger terminals connected by a U-shaped two-level roadway. Curbside baggage check-in is available on the upper departure level. Baggage claim is on the lower level. Brand-named and ethnic-styled restaurants, cocktail lounges, gift shops, newsstands, duty free shops for international flights, restrooms, public telephones and business centers offer convenient services for the traveling public. Other amenities include a first aid station in the Tom Bradley International Terminal and special telephones connected to area hotels/motels, bus/limousine services and car rental firms serving most Southland communities. Free shuttle service is provided between all terminals and remote parking lots.

Several modes of ground transportation operate at LAX to facilitate the movement of passengers and visitors to and from the airport.
 LAX Shuttle & Airline Connection
 FlyAway
 Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles
 Long Distance Vans
 Public Transportation (public buses and light rail)
 Rental Cars
 Scheduled Buses 
 Shared Ride Vans 
 Taxis
To help lessen vehicle traffic congestion in the Central Terminal Area, LAX also has a 24-hour LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot where motorists meeting arriving passengers can wait for free until passengers call to say they are ready to be picked up terminal curbside.

Tips:
 The departure hours of flyway may vary at early morning and weekend – see location bus schedules.
 Free shuttle bus service can be boarded by taking the “G” shuttle. Passengers wishing to use this shuttle bus service should wait under the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections.
 City buses can be boarded adjacent to parking lot "C" by taking the "C" shuttle
 Other public bus authorities serving LAX are Culver City Bus Lines, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and Torrance Transit. (Click on each bus line name for contact information.) Passengers can pick up these buses at the Metro Bus Center in Lot C.

Los Angeles LAX Airport Taxi & Limo Tips
For convenience sake, there is nothing better than arriving to Los Angeles Airport after a long flight, getting your bag at baggage claim, and walking outside to the LAX airport taxi stand. However, if you are new to the Los Angeles area, make sure you inquire before hand with the cab driver to get an approximation of the fare. Finally, as about traffic at the time you get your taxi, and ask him if he/she knows the alternative routes. Carry a map to your destination - many taxi operators are not native to the Los Angeles area (surprise!) and may not know all the short-cuts. You might also want to ask what the airport pick-up surcharge is. This way, your taxi ride to your destination will be stress free.
But believe it or not, often times a limo is cheaper than a cab! And unlike taxis, limo rates are fixed. Are you ready to indulge?

 

Los Angeles LAX Airport Public Transportation Tips
Public transportation is most economic way into and out of Los Angeles airport, but it can also be the slowest form of ground transportation. So be prepared for a longer trip, particularly in times of rush hours. Also note that during off-peak hours and holidays, certain options may either not be available or may be running a reduced frequency. Make sure you have prepared accordingly beforehand to save yourself any undue frustation. Visit the  Los Angeles LAX site for info on public transportation.

 

Pros & Cons of using Airport Door-to-Door Shuttles
Door-to-Door airport shuttles are typically small passenger vans that go to/from Los Angeles Airport, from/to local communities within the greater Los Angeles area. The main advantage of these airport shuttles is the cost – typically you can save half or more compared to a taxi. Also, the rate is fixed, so if your airport shuttle gets stuck in traffic coming from Los Angeles Airport, you still pay the same. The disadvantages are that you share the ride with other passengers, and may find that if you are going to Los Angeles Airport, you might be the first pickup, and may make several stops until your shuttle van is full. The same holds if you use an airport shuttle going to Los Angeles from LAX airport. Some of the shuttles that leave the airport are on a schedule, meaning they leave at designated times. Others may only leave once the shuttle is full. Its best to ask first to make sure!

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