The bustling city of Los Angeles is famous for the iconic Hollywood sign, its proximity to beautiful Long Beach and Santa Monica, the star-studded Walk of Fame, and much more. The rainy season is from October to April, but the weather is usually bright and warm. Travellers visiting Los Angeles and arriving at the airport can use Skyscanner to help plan out their trips.
Car Rental From Los Angeles International Airport
Though there are no rental agencies in Los Angeles International Airport's terminals, renting a car in Los Angeles is still simple. Rental car shuttles leave from under the purple signs (there are waiting areas for these shuttles in each terminal) in the Lower/Arrival level outside of baggage claim. LAX Shuttle Bus C, a free bus service, can also take passengers to the off-airport car rental center. LAX Shuttle Bus A takes passengers between terminals, though all terminals are within walking distance of each other. Buses stop under the blue signs and depart every 10 to 20 minutes.
After taking a courtesy shuttle to the off-site car rental center, passengers can book a rental with Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, Midway, National, Payless, Sixt, or Thrifty. Another option is to take a bus, taxi, or shuttle to the remote car rental depot (a few blocks from the airport's main entrance) off Century Boulevard. From there, passengers can rent a car from Allied, Economy, AMPM, or Airport Van Rental.
There are several gas stations along Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard, so refueling before returning a rental is easy and straightforward. Passengers can then simply board the same shuttles that dropped them off at the beginning of their trips.
Driving Safely in Los Angeles
Visitors can count on hitting traffic in Los Angeles. It is recommended to avoid the roads (or at least the major highways) from 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Weekend nights can also be problematic for traffic, so it's important to account for delays when organizing a trip to L.A.
Leaving the airport, drivers can turn north on the 405 and take I-10 west to visit Santa Monica. Hollywood is northwest of downtown Los Angeles; drivers can stay on the 405, merge onto I-10 heading east, and then take exit 9 to head toward Hollywood. Even though this neighborhood is only about 32 km from the airport, the drive can take more than an hour. The city uses a grid system, so even though traffic might be dense, navigating is fairly straightforward.
Los Angeles has many public parking facilities and spaces, including garages. The city website maintains a list of public lots, but drivers can also plan ahead by downloading a parking app on their smartphones to help them find space wherever they go.
Sightseeing in LA
From Disneyland to Universal Studios and a wealth of landmarks ranging from the Hollywood Sign to Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Santa Monica Pier, there are many things to see and do near and in Los Angeles. A visit is always exciting — it just takes some due diligence and planning to make the most of one's trip.