Congratulations! You’re headed to an awesome city surrounded by majestic mountains, beautiful beaches, and the second-most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Once you arrive anything is possible, but you’ll have to get through the gateway first. LAX can be huge, confusing, cramped, and generally an unpleasant experience for those who aren’t prepared. Get up to speed and have a great time in L.A. with our tips for traveling LAX.
Use The Map
With nine operational terminals and thick crowds getting through LAX after your flight’s arrival can be daunting. If you’re trying to make it down to the rental car pick up area it helps to have a map. LAX has one right on their website. Which leads into our next tip:
Schedule to be Picked Up
Unlike the majority of huge, international airports, LAX is not a stop where you can simply plan your next transportation once you arrive. There is no centralized rental car office at LAX. There isn’t even a rental car lot located near the terminal area. All rental car companies operate their own off-site lots. Several have shuttle buses which regularly pickup at all terminals, but you won’t be able to get any details from the drivers or compare prices. California Rent-A-Car offers free and fast LAX pick-up.
Return On Time
By “on time” we mean early. Really early. When it comes time to leave Los Angeles it is important to remember that LAX is typically packed. Those travel suggestions to arrive 1 1/2-2 hours before your flight should be taken seriously; 2-3 hours if you’re flying internationally. Make sure you arrive to return your car rental with enough time to shuttle back to the airport.
Kill Time in TBIT Terminal
If you have any time to kill at LAX you’ll want to head to the Tom Bradley International Terminal, or just Bradley West. There you will find the best dining and retailers. Names such as 800º Neopolitan Pizzeria, Sam Adams Bar, Luckyfish offer great eats, and the time flies by when browsing in shops like Bvlgari, Coach, Armani, the iStore Boutique, or Sanrio.
California Rent-A-Car offers great deals on popular rentals from LAX, such as the Ford Mustang and Audi A7. Reserve your airport pick up today and enjoy fast and friendly service from Los Angeles Airport.