Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Located in Westchester, about 16 miles from downtown, Los Angeles International Airport is a major international gateway, particularly for destinations in Asia and the Pacific, making it one of the busiest airports in the world. The airport contains nine terminals that are connected by a U-shaped, two-level roadway. Visitors can grab a taxi or rideshare service at a centralized area called LAX-it, which is located just east of Terminal 1. Tom Bradley International Terminal hosts most of the major international airlines. The LAX FlyAway bus service provides non-stop transportation between LAX and Union Station as well as other locations throughout the city.
The majority of travelers visiting L.A. will arrive at LAX. This airport generally offers the lowest fares and more nonstop service compared to the other area airports, which include Long Beach Airport (LGB); Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport (BUR); Orange County/John Wayne Airport (SNA); and LA/Ontario Airport (ONT).
Bus: There are three types of Metro buses in L.A.: Local (orange), Rapid (red), and Express (blue). Express buses make the fewest stops and use the freeways, while Rapid buses usually go on neighborhood streets but make fewer stops than local buses. Angelenos without a car typically use the bus to get around. TAP is the fare payment card used on the bus and rail systems; the cards can be purchased at any Metro station.
Rail: Los Angeles’ Metro system can be used to reach many destinations including downtown, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Long Beach, making it a good option for those who want to avoid the L.A. gridlock. Just don’t confuse Metro with Metrolink, the commuter rail system that serves the outlying suburbs.