Los Angeles International Airport or LAX as it is sometimes known is the fourth busiest airport in the world and carried 61 million through its terminals last year. The airport site has been an aviation field since 1928 and was originally known as Miles Field. It started commercial operations in 1946 and the present LAX terminal was constructed in 1961 and has expanded over time to meet growing passenger numbers. There is a central complex which holds no less than nine passenger terminals that are all connected by a U-shaped two tier road way. Given the sheer volume of passengers and the airport size, we recommend that you have your onward travel plans sorted before you fly.
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There are over 40 car rental providers serving LAX airport. Some companies provide phones at the lower level baggage reclaim areas so you can call for a shuttle, the others (listed here) are allowed to meet arriving customers under the purple sign "Rental Car Shuttles" on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands outside baggage claim to bring you to your pick up point; Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, Payless, National and Thrifty. Prices tend to be higher for the companies listed here, so you need to balance convenience and your car rental budget. Car Booker compares all the top car rental providers to give you the best possible price on your rental.
There are a number of ways of getting to and from LAX. Within the airport there is a free shuttle between terminals, to Parking Lot C or to the Metro Rail Green Line Station. From parking Lot C you can walk to the City Bus Centre. For hotel shuttle, check your booking or ask your hotel. ‘Flyaway’ operates from Van Nuys ($8), Union Station ($7), Westwood ($10) and Expo/La Brea ($7) seven days a week, check for suitable times. For a taxi, go to the lower level of each terminal and find a yellow Taxi sign and get a ticket with typical fares, only authorized taxis should be used, they have a seal of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation on the side.
Where to start!! LA is like a tourists dream, not just in the city but in and around the city. Get active, check out what’s on while you are in town and for some Car Booker suggestions, well, we think - get active on a skateboard, rollerblades or a bike on Venice Beach; budget permitting, shop in style on Rodeo Drive or else just go star spotting! Check out the Griffith Observatory or go to Disney Land. Or get out of the city and take a road trip or two, here’s a few ideas; Big Bear Lake only 120kms, Joshua Tree 150kms, check out the famous Laguna Beach only 70kms from LA, or Palm Springs 125kms or for a truly great few days head to San Diego and La Jolla only 150km down the road.