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Los Angeles

Travelers looking for cheap flights to Los Angeles have many options, especially through the Los Angeles International Airport and the LA/Ontario International Airport. The Los Angeles International Airport is the largest airport in the city and greater area, and is located in the southwestern part of LA, in an area named Westchester. There are nine terminals at this airport, which are arranged in the shape of a U, and a shuttle bus goes between them. People usually call this airport “LAX.”

The LA/Ontario International Airport is located in the Inland Empire, to the east of the city, and there is a fair deal of domestic and international traffic. There are two terminals at this airport, numbered Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. It is usually called the Ontario Airport.

Another regional airport is the Bob Hope Airport (BUR), which was formerly known as Burbank Airport. It is a smaller, domestic airport located in the middle north-east of LA. Because it is such a sprawled out city, many different areas in Los Angeles proper, and in the suburbs, have regional airports as well. It is often preferable to go to the small regional airports because they are easier to navigate than LAX, and could also be closer to travelers’ destinations.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Information

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) offers are more direct flights to and from its premises than any other airport in the world. Amenities at LAX include restaurants, shops, duty-free stores, newsstands, lost and found, ATMs, currency exchange, public art, a first aid station, emergency police and a medical clinic. Wi-Fi is available, but there is a charge. The Tom Bradley International Terminal is undergoing a huge construction project, which will demolish the old concourses and create new ones, as well as update other facilities.

Airlines that Fly into Los Angeles International Airport

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the biggest, busiest airport of Los Angeles and of California. It’s the seventh busiest commercial airport in the world, and third busiest in the US. People who have flown into LAX via domestic flights often recommend flying into other airports in the region, as it is very large, unpleasant and confusing. Those who are flying internationally will likely end up coming in through LAX, as there is direct service from many locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East. LAX is a major hub for United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, and a focus city for American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air New Zealand, and Virgin America. It is a huge international gateway for Delta Airlines.

Los Angeles International Airport Transit Information

Distance to city: 16 miles

Bus to city

  • Fare: $5-7
  • There is the FlyAway Bus, which takes passengers to and from every terminal, to Van Nuys, Union Station (which is downtown) and Westwood, where they can connect to many other transit options. There are also some city buses that go there, but the routes differ depending on what part of the city you are going to.

Train to city

  • Fare: $1.25
  • In order to use the Metro, passengers can take the Shuttle Bus “G” for free to the Aviation/LAX station on theMetro Green Line.

Taxi to city

  • Fare: $45 approximately
  • There are nine authorized cab companies that service LAX.

Other options

Car Rental Companies at Los Angeles International Airport

In order to rent a car from LAX from these or other companies, passengers need to contact their company of choice via the Ground Transportation Telephone Boards, which are located in the baggage claim areas of each terminal. These companies will then send over a free shuttle bus that will take them from the terminal to go pick up their rental car.

LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) Information

The LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a full-service, medium-hub airport. Amenities include shops, restaurants, ATMs, lost and found, luggage carts, information kiosk and hotels.

Airlines that Fly into LA/Ontario International Airport

The LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) has international capabilities, but the vast majority of flights are domestic. Some major airlines that service this airport include Aeromexico, American, Continental, Delta, Great Lakes Airlines and Southwest.

LA/Ontario International Airport Transit Information

Distance to city: 35 miles

Bus to city

  • Fare: $4
  • You can take the Omnitrans Bus Route 61 to the Pomona Transit Center. You can then transfer to the Westbound Foothill Silver Streak bus heading south, which will take you to downtown Los Angeles. This trip will take about 1 hour and 40 minutes, depending on traffic. You could also take the bus route 61 to theFontana Metro Link Station, and then take the Metrolink train to LA Union Station (but this is less practical).

Train to city

  • Not available.

Taxi to city

  • Fare: $100 approximately
  • Taxis to downtown Los Angeles are not very practical, as they are very expensive. Nevertheless, there are taxis lined up outside each terminal.

Other options

  • There are several shuttle buses that service the LA/Ontario International Airport.

Car Rental Companies at LA/Ontario International Airport

There is a shuttle bus that will transport passengers from the airport to the Consolidated Car Rental Facility to pick up their rental cars.