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How to get from LAX to Universal Studios

One of the most exciting destinations in Los Angeles is the home of Universal Studios in the heart of Hollywood. At this gigantic amusement park, you can experience the star-studded film studios and get whisked away on thrilling rides. To get there at your own pace and avoid any last-minute stress, it is helpful to consider the best travel options for how to get there. 

Situated only around 11 km west of the famous Hollywood sign, there are two main options to travel from Los Angeles Airport to Universal Studios. The quickest and smoothest way is with an airport taxi or private transfer for a hassle-free ride of half an hour. Alternatively, if you prefer a more budget-friendly option and have time to spare, there are also combined bus and metro routes available.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €74 30min 24/7
Metro €24.90 105min 04:10–21:01

How to get from LAX to Universal Studios by taxi

To travel in comfort with space for luggage, you can take a taxi or private transfer from LAX Airport to Universal Studios – Hollywood. Booking a private taxi in advance means you can guarantee a fixed rate fare and an available driver as soon as you land. Licensed taxis operating at the airport have the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal of authorisation displayed and there are ten companies to choose from. Fares can vary as most drivers will use a meter to calculate the cost of the trip and you may experience waiting in heavy traffic during your journey which will increase the cost. 

How much is a taxi from Los Angeles Airport to Universal Studios?

The average fare for a taxi ride from LAX Airport to Universal Studios is $80 (€74). This can vary depending on the route, time of day and duration of the journey, as the actual cost is calculated with a meter. To be sure of a flat-fee rate you can book your airport transfer ahead of time.

Cost

$80 (€74)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis at Los Angeles (LAX) Airport are available 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis can be found at 3 different locations based on which terminal you arrive at:

  • From Terminal 1: Walk and follow the signs to the LAX-it, or take a free shuttle from the Lower/Arrivals Level at the inner curb outside of baggage claim areas under the green signs.
  • From Terminal 2 and Terminal 3: The taxis can be found between the two terminals inside Parking Structure 3.
  • From Terminal 7 and Terminal 8: Here, the taxis are right outside the terminal, after leaving baggage claim.

Convenience

Taking a taxi or private shuttle is the most convenient way to get from LAX to Universal Studios; it is quicker and more comfortable than public transportation and you can travel in privacy, knowing your travel companions and personal belongings are safe and secure through the trip.

Editor’s Note

Save time and energy after your flight to Los Angeles Airport with a pre-booked taxi so you can meet your driver as soon as you step out of the Arrivals door. That way, you can avoid time wasted searching for a taxi.

Useful Tips

Tipping (commonly 15-20%) in LA is customary, so make sure you have cash ready.
Your driver should reset the taximeter as you begin your journey.

How to get from LAX Airport to Universal Studios by shuttle and metro

While this is the cheapest option to get from Los Angeles Airport to Universal Studios, the total journey time is the longest at around 1 hour and 45 mins. There are other combined bus and metro routes available too, but this is the most convenient.

Firstly, walk to the LAX Terminal B Lower Level FlyAway Stop and get the LAX to US FlyAway bus towards LAX-TB-ll until you reach the Union Station – Patsaouras Bus Plaza. The trip should take around 60 minutes, depending on traffic. From there, you’ll walk to Union Station and get the Metro B Line towards North Hollywood Station, disembarking at Universal / Studio City Station. This leg of the journey should take about 25 minutes.

From there it’s a 15-minute walk to the Universal Studios park or you can take one of the free shuttles to reach the front gate. This service runs both ways every 10-15 minutes, seven days a week, from 07:00 until two hours after the park closes.

How much is a metro ticket from LAX to Universal Studios?

The total cost of the fare from LAX Airport to Universal Studios is $13.50 (€12.45) per passenger. A one-way fare on the FlyAway is $9.75 (€9). Then to ride the Metro Rail you must pay with a TAP card, as Metro tokens are no longer accepted. A reusable TAP card costs $2 (€1.85) and you must also pay for the additional Regular Ride fare of $1.75 (€1.60) for your journey.

To pay the fare, you can buy a TAP card on the TAP app, taptogo.net, at a TAP vendor, or at any Metro station. You can then top this up with credit using any of these methods, or onboard the Metro with a credit/debit card or cash.

Cost

$13.50 (€12.45)

Trip Duration

1 Hr. 45 Min.

This fare includes a reusable TAP card.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The FlyAway shuttle bus runs from 5:40 am to 1:10am, all year round. The B-Line Metro runs between 04:10-21:01, every 7-20 minutes.

Where do I get the bus from?

FlyAway buses depart from the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal at the blue columns.

Convenience

While being the cheapest option available, this is the most tiring and complicated way to get from LAX to Universal Studios, especially if you’re travelling with lots of luggage items and kids in tow. You’d be much better off opting for a taxi or private shuttle.

Editor’s Note

Remember to buy and top up a TAP card before you ride the Metro. TAP cards are reusable, so keep yours safe.

Useful Tips

Your metro ticket is valid for up to 2 hours before you have to buy another.
Make sure you check the timetables to avoid waiting at stations, especially when travelling late at night when the later services are less frequent.
When using your TAP card for additional journeys, the fare is capped at $5 (€4.60) a day.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is LAX Airport from Universal Studios?

The journey from Los Angeles Airport to Universal Studios is around 42 km. Travel options include a taxi or private transfer, or public transport combining a shuttle bus and the metro.

How do I get from LAX Airport to Universal Studios?

There are two main options for getting from LAX Airport to Universal Studios, with the fastest and most comfortable option being a taxi or private transfer. The cheapest but longest journey would be by public transport, combining a shuttle bus and the metro. 

What’s the cost of a taxi from LAX Airport to Universal Studios?

The average taxi fare to Universal Studios is $80 (€74) when travelling from Los Angeles (LAX) Airport. This is calculated with a meter and may be affected significantly by traffic, but usually, it takes around 30 minutes. For a set fare you can rely on and that won’t change depending on traffic conditions, you can pre-book your trip with Welcome Pickups

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