OverviewTransportation from Los Angeles International Airport: Only authorized taxis with an official LADT seal are permitted in the airport. For information on city bus services, pick up the phone on the Information Display Board in the baggage claim area of each terminal, or call the METRO at 323-466-3876. To get to Union Station in L.A. for train connections - use either the FlyAway Bus or the Metro Express.
NOTE: Ride-share company Lyft is now authorized to pick up passengers.
Shuttles, scheduled regional buses, and long-distance vans & buses are available on lower/ arrivals level islands in front of each terminal under the 'LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign): Green signs are for 'FlyAway Buses & Long Distance Vans:
- for Terminal to terminal connection, use the A Route;
- to get to the Metro Bus Center with connections to LA area, take the C Route;
- to Metro Green Line Aviation Station, take the G route.
Shared-Ride Vans - Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle - operate out of LAX and are authorized to serve all Southern California counties, and pick up passengers on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the orange sign 'Shared Ride Vans'.
LAX FlyAway Buses: On Oct. 10, 2016, the FlyAway bus stop at Union Station returned to its original location on the Patsaouras Bus Plaza on October 10 (following completion of Metro’s major rehabilitation work to the plaza)
- Its Union Station stop for the FlyAway bus to LAX Airport will operate on its regular schedule: every 30 mins -9:30a.m.-12:30 a.m.; hourly between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and every 20 minutes between 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays; weekends every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and hourly between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. The nonstop bus service to/from LAX costs $9 one way. Two children age five and under may ride free with each paying adult. Parking in the Union Station garage is $8 per day, with a 30-day limit.
- Also, the FlyAway bus offers direct service to LAX from 5 other locations across LA County: Hollywood, Long Beach, Metro Orange Line (San Fernando Valley), Van Nuys, and Westwood.
- For more information on the new pick-up/drop-off facility and updated maps, visit https://www.metro.net/riding/bus-plaza-closure/for more information . For complete FlyAway schedules, maps, and fare schedules, please visit http://www.lawa.org/FlyAway.
- For Fly-Away traffic impacts visit Twitter at https//mobile.twitter.com/@flyLAXairport.
The Metropolitan Express serves downtown L.A. and Union Station, about 19 miles northeast of LAX.
Other Bus Connections: (most of these buses can be picked up at the Met Bus Center in Parking Lot C)
- Culver City Bus - tel. 310-253-6510 (visit: www.culvercity.org/Government/Transpotation/bus.aspx - click on their excellent Route Map)
- Santa Monica Big Blue Bus - tel. weekdays 310-451-54444; sat TDD 310-395-6024 (visit: www.bigbluebus.com)
- Torrance Transit from Union Station - tel. 30-618/6266 /fax 6229 (visit: www.torranceca.gov/92.htm).
- Airport Bus to (a) Pasadena - 28 miles NE of LAX; to (b) Anaheim ( Disneyland), 32 miles SE of LAX; and (c) to Buena Park, 28 miles SE of LAX.
- Airport Bus of Bakersfield - to Bakersfield, a two hours' drive north of Los Angeles.
- Antelope Valley Airport Express - to Newhall, Palmdale and Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, with Lancaster (the furthest location) about 75 miles north of LAX.
- Santa Barbara Airbus - to Santa Barbara, plus nearby Goleta and Carpinteria. The drive to these areas (located northwest of LAX, along the sea coast) from the airport usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours.
- Ventura County Airporter - to Ventura and Oxnard, on the sea coast about one hour to one hour and a half northwest of LAX.
Future Metro plan to LAX: According to 'mynewsla.com/government' dated May 2, 2016, construction started on a $172 million facility - able to house 70 light-rail cars with room to expand - intended for the Metro’s planned connection to LAX Airport. The Southwest Yard near LAX should be ready by 2019 - in time for the planned 2020 opening of the Crenshaw line extension to LAX, and around the time that a people mover will be completed to connect LAX directly with the rail line.