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Los Angeles International Airport

The Los Angeles area is served by six major commercial airports and more than a dozen private airports.

Los Angeles International (IATA: LAX) is the major gateway. The airport is huge, with nine terminals. A free "A" shuttle bus loops around all the terminals, and departs from the curbside on the lower level. If you do not mind walking, it is no more than a 10 min walk between any of the terminals, and if you are transferring between adjacent terminals, walking will be quicker than the shuttle; a streetside sidewalk connects all the terminals.
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Don't assume that all international flights leave from the international terminal. Many don't, and some carriers even operate some of their international flights from there and some from other terminals. Its is always important to check the terminal for international flights carefully.

There are also two executive terminals for charter aircraft if time means money.

In LA, an automobile is nearly essential, and connections to and from the airport are poor. There is no direct train service, although there are free shuttle buses to Aviation Station on the Metro Green Line, and half-hourly LAX FlyAway shuttles to Union Station ($7.00 one way). Taxis to downtown L.A. cost $45.00 and take 30 min in good traffic but can be far slower in rush hour. On your return to the airport, be sure to arrive 2 h before your flight as queues for security are notoriously long and often time-consuming.

If you want to rent a car, there are around 10 different companies with very frequent shuttle buses picking up on the lower level around all terminals and going to large off-site lots. If you want to compare prices, you will need to do so using the telephones in the arrivals area or in advance of arriving. Don't expect any details from the shuttle drivers, or negotiable prices once you arrive at their lot. Signing up to one the car rental club schemes can get the shuttle bus to drop you at your car, thus saving substantial time.

The others are Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB), Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport [10] (IATA: BUR), Orange County/John Wayne Airport [11] (IATA: SNA) and far flung LA/Ontario Airport (IATA: ONT) east of L.A and LA/Palmdale Airport (IATA: PMD) to the north. Even though LAX is often cheapest, avoiding LAX will save a lot of hassle because the other airports are small and not as busy (especially Long Beach), but you will typically be further away from your destination which will entail a lot of driving.

Then again, going anywhere in LA is going to require a lot of driving. If you're going to Disneyland or any of the Orange County beaches (Laguna, Huntington, Newport), consider the Orange County/John Wayne Airport. For any of the airports, it is probably best to use the numerous buses and shuttles to get to and from the airport if you are staying in the area. Locals do so to avoid dealing with the hassles and cost of parking.

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