The main LA gateway is Los Angeles International Airport. Its nine terminals are linked by the free LAX Shuttle A, leaving from the lower (arrival) level of each terminal. Cabs and hotel and car-rental shuttles stop here as well. A free minibus for travelers with disabilities can be ordered by calling 310-646-6402. Ticketing and check-in are on the upper (departure) level.
The hub for most international airlines is the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
Some domestic flights operated by Alaska, American Eagle, Delta Connection, JetBlue, Southwest and United also arrive at Burbank Hollywood Airport, which is handy if you’re headed for Hollywood, Downtown or Pasadena.
To the south, on the border with Orange County, the small Long Beach Airport is convenient for Disneyland and is served by Alaska, JetBlue and Southwest.
Taxis are readily available outside the terminals. The flat rate to Downtown LA is $47. Expect to pay around $30 to $35 to Santa Monica, $40 to West Hollywood and $50 to Hollywood. These rates exclude the $4 LAX airport surcharge.
LAX FlyAway runs to Union Station (Downtown), Hollywood, Van Nuys, Westwood Village near UCLA, and Long Beach. A one-way ticket costs $9.75.
For scheduled bus services, catch the free shuttle bus from the airport toward parking lot C. It stops by the LAX City Bus Center hub for buses serving all of LA County. For Santa Monica or Venice, change to the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 3 or Rapid 3 ($1.25). If you’re headed for Culver City, catch Culver City bus 6 ($1). For Manhattan, Hermosa or Redondo Beaches, hop aboard Beach Cities Transit 109 ($1).