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Los Angeles, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 155
Total Sleeping Rooms 32,452
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 6,000
Committable Meeting Rooms* 197
Convention Center Space 952,732 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 720,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 346,890 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $173
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $160
*Maximum for a single hotel

Los Angeles, CA Airport Information

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Approximate taxi fare: $74 USD

Los Angeles International Airport, commonly called "LAX," is the main airport serving the Los Angeles area. It is the seventh-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 which was recently renovated and boasts over 70 new retail and dining outlets.

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 LA, 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
  • QANTAS
  • 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
  • QANTAS
  • Aerolitoral
  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • TED Airlines

Bob Hope Airport (BUR)

Approximate taxi fare: $59 USD

The closest airport to Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, and downtown LA, Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly Bob Hope Airport) is a gateway to and from the region for more than 4.5 million passengers per year. The airport provides non-stop service throughout the western United States, direct flights to New York City, and connecting flights throughout the entire country.

A convenient and efficient facility for business and leisure travelers alike, Hollywood Burbank Airport features a number of services and amenities including wireless Internet access, restaurants, gift shops, and valet parking.

Airline carriers serving Bob Hope Airport

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Approximate taxi fare: $128 USD

Located about 35 miles south of Los Angeles, John Wayne Airport is the only commercial service airport in Orange County. The airport offers non-stop service to over 15 destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, and Minneapolis.

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 lot and 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.

Airline carriers serving John Wayne Airport

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

Los Angeles, CA Train Information

Union Station

Opened in 1939, Union Station is known as the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." The rail terminal serves five Amtrak routes: Coast Starlight, which travels from Seattle to LA; Pacific Surfliner, which travels from San Luis Obispo to San Diego; Southwest Chief, which travels from LA to Chicago; Sunset Limited, which travels from LA to New Orleans; and Texas Eagle, which travels from LA to San Antonio.

LA's Union Station is open 24 hours a day.

Los Angeles, CA Ground Transportation

Metro

Operated by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro consists of 200 bus lines and four rail lines traveling across the county.

Schedules for Metro vary based on route. Regular base fare is $1.25 and $0.55 for seniors. Day passes, good for local travel all day, are $5 for regular fare and $1.80 for seniors. Exact fare is required for buses. Tickets for the Metro rail system, including the Orange line, are purchased prior to boarding from self-service ticket vending machines.

Metro Rail System

Metro Rail runs on eight color-coded subway, light rail, and rapid bus transit lines. The light rail Blue line runs north and south between Long Beach and LA; the light rail Green line runs east and west between Norwalk and Redondo Beach; the subway Red line offers service in downtown and Hollywood; the rapid bus transit Orange line runs from North Hollywood to the Warner Center; the subway Purple line runs between Union Station, Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue; the silver line goes from El Monte to the Pacific Coast Highway Station; the light rail Gold line connects to the Red line and runs to Pasadena; and the newly opened Expo Line goes from Downtown LA to Santa Monica Beach.

Metro Buses

Metro buses travel to every major destination in the area on 200 different lines. Orange buses, or Metro Local, stop at points of interest in the city. Red buses, or Metro Rapid, expedite travel with fewer stops and special transponders at major streets that alter traffic signals to favor the bus. Blue Metro Express buses have reduced service along the freeways.

DASH Downtown

The city of Los Angeles Transportation (LADOT) operates the second largest fleet in the county, serving about 30 million passenger each year. Its six quick DASH Downtown bus routes run during the weekday every five to 20 minutes, depending on route. Some routes offer weekend service every six to 20 minutes. Stops of interest include Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Union Station and the Fashion District.

Regular DASH fare is $0.25. Fare for seniors is $0.10.

FlyAway Buses

The affordable FlyAway buses offer fast service between downtown and Los Angeles International Airport or between Van Nuys Airport and LAX. FlyAway buses pick up passengers at the Lower/Arrivals level of Los Angeles International and drop off at the Upper/Departures level.

FlyAway buses run non-stop service every 30 minutes; early morning and weekend departures vary. One-way fare from Van Nuys and Union Station is $6; one-way fare from Westwood is $5. Discounted one-way fare for seniors is $4. Children under 2 ride for free.

Rental Cars

Los Angeles' airports have several onsite and offsite rental car companies. Popular onsite companies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

About 40 rental car companies operate out of LAX, 10 of which can pick up and drop off customers directly from the terminals using courtesy shuttles. These 10 companies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty.

Car rental counters for Alamo, Avis, Hertz and National can be found at Terminal B of Hollywood Burbank Airport. At LA-Ontario International Airport, passengers can reach on-airport rental car agencies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty by shuttle to the Consolidated Rental Car Facility. Rental counters can be found at the arrivals level between Terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National serve Long Beach Airport's Rental Car Center, accessible by shuttle.

Taxis

Nine franchise taxi companies operate over 2,300 taxis in the city of Los Angeles. These taxis are designated with the official City of Los Angeles Taxicab Seal.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Santa Barbara, CA 96 mi 1 hr 38 min 51 min USD $263+
San Diego, CA 120 mi 1 hr 47 min 55 min USD $301+
Fresno, CA 219 mi 3 hr 20 min 1 hr USD $147+
San Francisco, CA 382 mi 6 hr 13 min 1 hr 17 min USD $158+
Sacramento, CA 384 mi 5 hr 53 min 1 hr 20 min USD $212+
 
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