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Long Beach, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 32
Total Sleeping Rooms 4,525
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 522
Committable Meeting Rooms* 34
Convention Center Space 400,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 224,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 46,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $133
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $71
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $244
*Maximum for a single hotel

Long Beach, CA Airport Information

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Approximate taxi fare: $25 USD

Located in the center of Southern California coastal region, the Long Beach Airport (LGB), just 10 minutes from downtown Long Beach, offers fast freeway access to all the attractions of Los Angeles and Orange counties. Alaska Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airways and US Airways serve LGB with direct flights to 14 major cities and connecting flights to more than 300 cities worldwide. Long Beach Airport recently completed a $140-million renovation and modernization, building a new concourse and passenger lounges, creating a modern gateway to better accommodate the Airport's 3 million annual passengers. Now, the original Art Deco terminal serves as a stylish entryway into a modern open-air concourse, with more than 10,000 square feet of new retail and food service space. A unique Food Marche features the cuisine of local restaurants with a wide selection of food choices, and a wine bar includes seating on an outdoor patio with heat lamps and a fire table, evoking the relaxed atmosphere of Long Beach and Southern California.

Airlines serving LGB

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • US Airways

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles International Airport, commonly called "LAX," is the main airport serving the Los Angeles area. It is the fifth-busiest airport for passenger traffic in the world and third-busiest in the U.S. It operates as a main hub for United Airlines, a secondary hub for Delta, and is a main city for Southwest, Alaska, and American Airlines. LAX serves 69 international and 87 domestic destinations. All international arrivals and departures are serviced through the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

To get from the airport to a given destination, there are a number of options which include taxis, rental cars, door-to-door shuttle vans, long-distance vans, public buses, direct-to-airport buses and the Metro Rail Green Line (light rail). Taxis are a $42 flat fare from LAX to downtown L.A., about $35 to Hollywood, about $20 to Santa Monica, $25 to Beverly Hills, and from $45 to $60 to Pasadena and the Valley; all include a service charge of $2.50 and a $15 minimum fare for service starting at the airport. Two ride-share van companies serve the airport: SuperShuttle and PrimeTime Shuttle, and fares are typically $20-$55 per person depending on the destination. Many area hotels will provide complimentary shuttle service from the airport, so check this option before booking another service. There are 10 rental car companies with airport curbside drop-off and pick-up shuttles, and 30 other rental car companies that are accessible by placing a phone request for a pickup shuttle at the airport. The Metro Rail Green Line accesses the Metrolink and Amtrak system by a free shuttle and can take you as far north as Santa Barbara, as far east as San Bernardino and as far south as San Diego, and to many points in between. Public buses with service to the airport include the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, the Torrance City Transit and the Culver City Bus Lines.

Airline carriers serving Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):

  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroflot
  • Air India
  • Air Pacific
  • Air Tahiti Nui
  • Alaska Airlines
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern
  • China Southern
  • Copa Airlines (Panama)
  • El Al Israel Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Japan Airlines
  • Korean Airlines
  • LAN (Chile)
  • LAN (Peru)
  • LTU International Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airline
  • Mexicana Airlines
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
  • Thai Airways
  • Varig Brazilian Airlines
  • America West
  • Southwest Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Air Canada Jazz
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air New Zealand
  • Aviacsa Airline
  • Avianca Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • LACSA Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • TACA International Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • AirTran Airways
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Trans Air (ATA)
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Horizon Air
  • Midwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country
  • West Jet
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle
  • Aerolitoral
  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • TED Airlines

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Approximate taxi fare: $77.20 USD

Located just over 20 miles from Long Beach, the John Wayne Airport is known as the gateway to Orange County, serving roughly nine million passengers per year. The airport offers non-stop service to over 15 destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, and Minneapolis.

John Wayne Airport is currently undergoing several improvement projects to meet growing demand. Projects included the construction of a new multi-level, 282,000-square-foot Terminal C, six new bridged aircraft gates, and a new parking structure that, upon completion, will have room for over 3,000 vehicles.

The airport has several fast food and full-service eateries as well as a number of gift shops and newsstands. Parking is available in a valet lot, terminal lots, and a temporary Parking Lot C, which offers shuttle service to the terminal. Parking is set at $2 per hour. Terminal parking is a maximum $20 per day and Parking Lot C charges up to $17 per day. The John Wayne Airport can also be reached via the Orange County Transportation Authority's 472 and 473 bus routes.

Airline carriers serving John Wayne Airport

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United
  • US Airways

Long Beach, CA Public Transportation

Long Beach Transit

In operation since 1963, Long Beach Transit offers reliable, air-conditioned transportation through the city with connections to Los Angeles, Norwalk, Carson, and other neighboring cities. LB Transit has 34 routes, many of which run seven days a week. In addition, it offers four Passport buses (A, B, C, and D) throughout downtown to sites such 4th Street's Retro Row, The Queen Mary, and Shoreline Drive. Many Passport routes are free. Regular bus fare is $1.25. A regular day pass is $4, and a regular five-day pass is $18.

Also available are the LB Transit's AquaLink and AquaBus, which ferry passengers to popular attractions around the Long Beach waterfront. Fare is $5 for AquaLink, a catamaran for up to 75 passengers, and $1 for AquaBus, a boat for up to 49 passengers. (Operates seasonally from late May – October.)

Metro Rail System

Operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Metro Rail system's blue line runs north-south from Long Beach City Hall to downtown Los Angeles. Regular base fare is $1.25. Day passes, good for local travel all day, are $5. Tickets for the Metro rail system are purchased prior to boarding from self-service ticket vending machines.

Rental Cars

Long Beach area airports have several onsite and offsite rental car companies. Popular onsite companies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National serve Long Beach Airport's Rental Car Center, which is accessible by shuttle. At Los Angeles International, travelers can use courtesy shuttles offered by 10 of the airport's 40 rental car agencies for direct access to agency pick up. Rental counters can be found at the arrivals level between Terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport.


Travelers can use taxi service from each of the Long Beach area airports to downtown. Fares are about $10-15 from Long Beach Airport; around $75 from Los Angeles International Airport; and about $60 from John Wayne Airport.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Santa Ana, CA 21 mi 27 min 3 hr 05 min USD $350+
Ontario, CA 48 mi 51 min 6 hr 17 min USD $350+
San Diego, CA 105 mi 1 hr 44 min 7 hr 7 min USD $368+
Fresno, CA 241 mi 4 hr 05 min 3 hr 36 min USD $360+
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