The Newbie's Guide To Ground Transportation At Los Angeles International Airport

Posted on: 28 November 2015

Los Angeles is the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to find that the airport serving the area -- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) -- is huge. In fact, LAX is the third-busiest airport in the world. Because of the airport's size, it's common for first-time travelers to LAX to worry about getting lost. However, there is no need to worry. The airport is well organized, and there are several ground transportation options available to get you to your destination.


It isn't difficult to find a taxi cab at LAX. All permitted taxicabs line up along the curb located at the lower level islands at the Arrivals terminals. When you arrive at the lower level of the Arrivals terminal, you'll see a yellow sign that says, "Taxis." In order to take a cab to your destination, you need to go to the taxi area to get a ticket. On the ticket, you'll notice a list of fares to popular destinations throughout the city. Once you have your ticket, you can take a cab to your destination. Make sure you take a cab that has an official taxi seal that's issued by the City of Los Angeles Department of transportation -- the seal indicates that the taxicab is authorized for airport transportation and is required to abide by the fares listed on your ticket.

Car Service

One of the easiest ways for first-time visitors to Los Angeles to get from the airport to their hotel is by hiring an LAX car service. When you hire a car service before you arrive, you don't need to worry about getting lost in the airport or making your way to your hotel, because your driver will meet you in the baggage claim area, which is located on the lower level of the Arrivals terminal. Your driver will then take you directly to your car, load your luggage, and take you to your final destination.

Other Modes of Transportation

You'll find several other modes of transportation available at LAX. You can take the LAX Flyaway bus, which travels between LAX and Van Nuys, Westwood, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Downtown Los Angeles; the G shuttle to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station to take the subway; or the C shuttle to the Metro Bus Center to take a city bus. There are also several area hotels that operate shuttle buses to and from the airport, as well as car-rental companies that operate out of LAX.

Traveling to Los Angeles for the first time doesn't have to be overwhelming. As long as you plan your transportation before you arrive, you shouldn't have any problems once you arrive to the airport. If you're worried about navigating a large airport, you should consider hiring a car service to take you to your hotel.