Car Hire at Los Angeles International Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
Whether you want to visit the iconic sights of Los Angeles, get out into the wilds of Malibu or take the whole family to San Fernando Valley for Disney fun, you can find the best car hire at Los Angeles International Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Los Angeles International Airport
There are thirteen car hire companies with desks at Los Angeles International Airport: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, Midway, National, Payless, Sixt and Thrifty. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Los Angeles International Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Shell garage located just 10 minutes drive from Los Angeles International Airport. Drive along World Way, take a left onto Centre Way continuing on to W Century Boulevard and then Aviation Boulevard. Turn right and the petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads however driving can be stressful with the added extra of high speed police chases and paparazzi chasing celebrities. The freeways are essential for navigating the city, in particular routes such as Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway, aka “The 405”), the Interstate 10 (Santa Monica / San Bernardino Freeway) and the Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway). Iconic Hollywood Boulevard is the home of many famous landmarks while the legendary Sunset Strip is home to many of LA’s top restaurants, clubs and hotels. Wilshire Boulevard stretches from Downtown LA to the Westside, passing through Beverly Hills. LA’s best views can be seen on a scenic drive along the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Drive.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Los Angeles International Airport.
Less than an hour from the bustle of glitzy Los Angeles is beautiful Malibu where visitors can swap the city for beautiful mountains, beaches and wineries. With a celebrity population, there is always the opportunity for being star struck while outdoor lovers can enjoy sweeping ribbons of sandy beach, pristine coves, epic waves for surfing and coastal mountains to hike and climb. The centre of Malibu promises elegant streets with hip cafes and cool bars, boutique shopping and fine dining.
Malibu is just 40 minutes drive from Los Angeles Airport. Take Sky Way and get on to Sepulveda Boulevard. From here, get on the I-405N and take CA-1A towards Malibu. Take a right onto Winding Way and follow signs for the city centre.
San Fernando Valley
"The Valley" as it is also known, is the home of Universal Studios, NBC Studios, Walt Disney and Warner Brothers Studios making it a fantastic holiday destination for families with little ones. Movie studios mingle with fabulous restaurants from fast food to fine dining and hot nightspots while the small suburbs provide ample opportunity for shopping. Kids will love the choice of wild rides at Universal Studios theme park and fun activities ranging from indoor skydiving to film festivals, live theatre and plenty of other kid friendly events.
It takes just 30 minutes to reach the San Fernando Valley from Los Angeles Airport. Get on the I-405N from Sky Way and take exit 64 for San Fernando. Follow signs to the city centre.
Los Angeles is a city of icons. Everywhere you look you see famous sights from the rolling Hollywood Hills with their famous sign to homes owned by Quentin Tarantino, Disneyland and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Shop in farmers markets or melt the credit cards in the boutiques on Rodeo Drive; take the kids to Los Angeles Zoo or the glorious beaches like Venice for a day in the sun. Don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Arts or a stroll down Sunset Boulevard and the famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Nights are filled with jazz and glitzy cocktail bars, clubs that never sleep, pods of dolphins playing in the sea at sunset, fine dining restaurants and humming fast food joints. This mecca of bronzed beach bodies, sprawling streets, frenetic traffic and film history is a once in a lifetime experience.
It takes just 30 minutes to reach Downtown Los Angeles from the airport. From Sky Way then World Way, get on the I-105E. Take exit 7B for the I-110N towards Los Angeles and continue on the CA-110. Take exit 101 for Interstate 10 and keep right to merge with the US101S. Take exit 2B for Los Angeles and follow the signs for Downtown. Prices for metered street parking in Los Angeles vary from $0.50 up to $6.00 per hour depending on the time of day (higher prices are charged during the busiest hours in the afternoon). There is also plenty of off-street parking in LA which is charged $2.00 for 15 minutes with a maximum of $40.00 per 24 hours. The LADOT system is worth using which gives detailed information on parking times and charges, available spaces and much more. Some hotels in Los Angeles offer free parking.
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