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Transfer Options from Los Angeles Airport to Downtown

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How to get from Los Angeles Airport to Downtown

There are three different transfer options when it comes to making the journey from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Downtown LA, taxi, bus or the metro. Taking a Los Angeles airport taxi is the quickest transfer option but also the most expensive. The trip will cost a flat rate of 42€ ($46.50 USD) including an airport surcharge of 3.60€ ($4 USD) and take around 30 minutes in light traffic. Another quick transfer option is to take the FlyAway Bus. This bus arrives at Union Station in Downtown LA in around 35 minutes and costs 8.70€ ($9.75 USD) for a one-way ticket. Your final and cheapest transfer option from Los Angeles airport (LAX) to Downtown is to take the Metro. Unfortunately, there isn't a Metro station at LAX airport so you will need to take a free 15-minute shuttle to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail Station first. The total journey will be around 60 minutes and a one-way ticket will cost you just 1.20€ ($1.35 USD).

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €17.40 30min 24/7
Taxi €42 30min 24/7
Metro €2.40 60min 00:08–03:59

How to get from Los Angeles airport to Downtown by bus

There is a FlyAway Bus that leaves Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) every 30 minutes and takes you to Union Station in Downtown LA. This bus also makes stops in the 5 main Downtown neighborhoods including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Van Nuys, and Westwood. The cost of a one-way ticket is 8.70€ ($9.75 USD) and the journey shouldn't take longer than 35 minutes in light traffic.

How much is the bus from Los Angeles airport to Downtown?

A one-way ticket from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Downtown LA on the FlyAway bus costs just 8.70€ ($9.75 USD). Children under the age of 5 years can ride the bus for free. Tickets can be purchased at the Metrolink ticket machines located in the baggage claim and arrivals hall at Los Angeles airport. You can also purchase your ticket on the FlyAway bus, but they don't accept cash.

Cost

8.70€

Trip Duration

35 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 35 minutes for the FlyAway Bus

Convenience
Value for Money
Safety

The FlyAway bus is available 24/7 from Los Angeles (LAX) airport

Where do I get it from?

At each terminal in Los Angeles International Airport, you will find the FlyAway bus stop located on the Lower/Arrivals level. The bus stop is clearly marked by a green FlyAway bus sign.

Convenience

Although there can be a 30-minute wait for the FlyAway bus, it runs 24/7 and gets you to downtown quickly and easily. There's space for luggage on the FlyAway bus, but not much, so if you're traveling light and are looking for a well-priced transfer option to Downtown LA, then taking the bus is a great choice for you.

Editor’s Note

If your hotel is located in any of the main 5 neighborhoods of Downtown LA (Hollywood, Santa Monica, Van Nuys and Westwood or Long Beach), the FlyAway Bus makes stops there, but ticket prices vary.

Useful Tips

Tickets are valid for 30 days after three purchase date.
A return ticket for the FlyAway Bus costs 17.50 € ($19.50 USD).
You can purchase your ticket on the bus by card but they don't accept cash.

How to get from Los Angeles airport to Downtown by taxi

Taking a Los Angeles airport taxi from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Downtown LA is one of the quickest and most convenient transfer options. Taxis are available 24/7 at LAX airport and take around 30 minutes to complete the journey. The cost of the official airport taxis is a set fee of 42€ ($46.50 USD) to the main zones of Downtown LA.

Taxi fare from Los Angeles airport to Downtown

Taxis at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) have a set fee for the 30km journey to Downtown of 42€ ($46.50 USD). This fee is for up to 4 people sharing a taxi and includes a 3.60€ ($4 USD) surcharge for originating at LAX.

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Convenience

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has 8 different terminals and is always teeming with passengers, so trying to navigate this airport and it's public transport connections can be extremely time consuming and confusing. To avoid all of this hassle, you can take a taxi directly from the exit door of your terminal to the door of your hotel, quick and easy.

Editor’s Note

There is a set rate fee of 42€ ($46.50 USD) from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to most of the central zones of Downtown LA. However, if you're travelling to one of the outer boroughs, there may be a different set rate or your driver may even charge you by using a taximeter.

Useful Tips

Before you leave in your taxi, be sure to confirm the price of the journey with your driver.
It is customary to tip your driver at least 10% if you enjoyed your journey and his service.
Once in Downtown LA, you can easily grab a taxi by hailing one from the street.

Welcome Pickups transfer

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Los angeles. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Los Angeles airport to Downtown by metro

Unfortunately, there isn't a metro station at Los Angeles International airport (LAX) so you will need to take the free Green Line G shuttle which will take you to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail Station in 15 minutes. From there, you can take the Green Line Metro to Willowbrook and transfer to the Blue Line to reach Downtown LA. The total journey time is around 60 minutes and will cost just 1.20€ ($1.35 USD).

How much is the metro from Los Angeles airport to Downtown?

To ride the metro from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), you will need to purchase a TAP card which can be loaded with money for one or more journeys. The cost of the journey from LAX to Downtown LA is 1.20€ ($1.35 USD). You can purchase your TAP card from the automatic machines or ticket booths in Aviation/LAX Metro Rail Station lower level.

Cost

1.20€

Trip Duration

60 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the metro.

Convenience
Value for Money
Safety

The metro is available from 00:08 am to 03:59 am.

Where do I get it from?

There is no metro station in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) so you will need to take the free Green Line G shuttle from the airport to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail Station. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 00:00 am to 05:00 am every day and takes 15 minutes to reach the metro station. You will enter the station on the lower level where you can purchase your TAP card, then you ride the escalator up to the above-ground station platforms. Take the Green Line metro train that is heading in the direction of Norwalk. You will then get off at Willowbrook station, take the stairs to the lower platform and get on the Blue Line train towards Long Beach. This line makes stops throughout Downtown LA.

Convenience

As there is no metro station in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and you need to change train lines, taking the metro to Downtown LA is the slowest and most inconvenient transfer option. However, if you're running low on funds, it is the cheapest.

Editor’s Note

Be sure to make a change in Willowbrook to the Blue Line to access Downtown stations such as, Hollywood, Koreatown, Union Station, Pasadena and even East Los Angeles

Useful Tips

If you choose this transfer option carry light luggage as you will need to walk and man oeuvre different metro stations.
You must purchase a TAP card and scan it to enter the above-ground station.
If you will be using the metro during your stay in LA, load up your TAP card for more journeys to save money.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from LAX to Downtown?

Taxis at Los Angeles International Airport charge a flat rate fee of 42€ ($46.50 USD) for the journey to Downtown LA. This includes a 3.60€ ($4 USD) surcharge for originating at LAX but not a tip.

Is there public transportation from LAX to Downtown Los Angeles?

Yes. You can take both a bus or the metro train from Los Angeles International (LAX) airport to downtown LA. The FlyAway bus is the most convenient and is available 24/7. A one-way ticket costs just 8.70€ ($9.75 USD) and the journey takes around 35 minutes in light traffic. To take the metro, you will need to take the free Green Line G airport shuttle to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail Station. From there, you will take the Green Line Metro train to Willowbrook and then change to the Blue Line train to reach Downtown LA. The total journey time on the metro is 60 minutes and it will cost just 1.20€ ($1.35 USD).

Is there a train from LAX airport?

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) doesn't have a train station, but they do have a free Green Line G shuttle that will take you to the Aviation/LAX Metro Rail Station in just 15 minutes. From there, you can take the Green Line Metro train to Willowbrook station and change to the Blue Line train to reach Downtown LA. The total journey time is around 60 minutes and tickets cost 1.20€ ($1.35 USD).

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