Car Hire from Los Angeles International Airport
California is world famous for many things – beautiful beaches, A-list movie stars and excellent wines. Its road trip routes, particularly along the coast, are also renowned. Hiring a car from Los Angeles International Airport, you get to explore these incredibly scenic coastal roads and the beaches, natural landscapes and vibrant, multicultural towns along the way.
Where to hire a car at Los Angeles International Airport
There are around 40 car hire companies operating at Los Angeles International Airport. None of these companies have a desk in the terminal building. Instead they offer a meet and greet service.
Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, Midway, National, Sixt and Thrifty are among the companies permitted to pick up and drop off passengers at the airport terminal. Their shuttle buses will come to the “Rental Car Shuttles” sign outside baggage claim on the lower arrivals level.
If you choose another company, you will need to call them to arrange a pick up from the airport. You will then be able to take the complimentary LAX Shuttle Airline Connection Bus from lot C to get to the Rental Car Terminal. This is the point that all other car hire companies arrive to in order to shuttle passengers to their own car hire centres.
Petrol Stations near Los Angeles International Airport
For drivers who need to return their hire car with a full tank of petrol, there are Shell and 76 petrol stations located on the corner of West Century Boulevard and Aviation Boulevard, in between route 405 and the airport. It takes around 10 minutes to drive from there to the airport terminal.
Driving around Los Angeles International Airport
Both route 1 and route 405 are within easy reach from Los Angeles International Airport. Route 1 is California’s famous, scenic coastal route. From the airport it travels north towards Santa Monica and Malibu and south towards Long Beach and Newport.
The 405 is a major route running along the western and southern edges of Los Angeles city. From the airport it goes north to Beverly Hills and San Fernando and southeast towards Torrance and Lake Forest. Along the way, route 405 has connections with a number of other major roads, some of which head into Los Angeles city centre.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Los Angeles International Airport, there are lots of incredible Californian destinations within easy reach.
Los Angeles is famous around the world for its part in the film and television industry. Visitors can head to Hollywood, see celebrities’ handprints along the boulevard or take a tour of Beverly Hills to get a glimpse of the houses of the rich and famous. Venice Beach is another popular stop and there are countless neighbourhoods, museums, restaurants nightclubs to try too.
It takes around 25 minutes to drive from Los Angeles International Airport to Los Angeles city centre. Drivers should take route 1 south, pick up route 105 east and then route 110 north. In the city, the majority of streets are laid out over a grid system so navigation is relatively easy. Look out for sign posts when you’re on the freeway as some roads have six lanes so it may take you a while to move over in time for your exit.
Santa Monica is a laid back seaside town a short hop from Los Angeles city centre. It has a long sandy beach, great for swimming or surfing, scenic cycling trails and a funfair over on the pier. Throughout the town, visitors will also find over 75 museums and art galleries and some great nightlife too.
Santa Monica is around 20 minutes’ drive from Los Angeles International Airport, taking route 405 north before heading towards to the coast. Signs showing current car park availability can be found around the town and there are usually lots of spaces to choose from.
Santa Barbara is a small coastal city. It has lots of pedestrianised areas so maintains a relaxed and friendly feel despite having city-standard restaurants, bars, museums and galleries. The city is also surrounded by incredible countryside so it’s easy to arrange outdoor activities too.
It takes an hour and 40 minutes to get to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles International Airport. Drivers should take route 405 north and then the 101. It’s a small city laid out over a diagonal grid system and with free parking in the downtown area for the first 75 minutes of your stay.