BEST WAY DOWNTOWN:
Los Angeles International is 15 miles (24) km southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Travelers Aid has an office in each terminal. There are ground transport booths outside the arrivals area of each terminal.
The detailed LAX Web site offers a great deal of useful information including:
Taxis are available at stands outside all of the terminals. Expect to pay about $25 to downtown, and $45 to Pasadena. Travel time to downtown can be as short as 20 minutes, but is usually longer because of traffic.
Supershuttle provides scheduled van service from all terminals to all area of Los Angeles. Use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area to book your trip and Supershuttle will arrive within 15 minutes. Fare to downtown will be $12. Fares to other areas will be $10-$50, depending on the distance. Supershuttle runs 24 hours a day.
Airport Bus has services to many areas of Los Angeles. If you are going to outlying areas such as Pasadena or Anaheim, Airport Coach is very convenient and you can call them when you arrive. They have regularly scheduled service to many areas, so you'll be able to book when you arrive. For example, they leave the airport for Pasadena every hour, at 45 minutes past the hour. The fare to Pasadena is $12 one-way and $20 round-trip. You can call them at 1-800-772-5299 for information and schedules to other areas.
There are other van services to all areas of the Los Angeles. Inquire at the ground transportation desk, they will find the correct service for your destination.
As with many U.S. cities, several hotels provide shuttle service to and from the airport. Check with your hotel when booking, or after you arrive.
All major rental car companies, and many smaller ones, are represented at the airport and throughout the city. Los Angeles is very sprawling, so if you are going to more than one area it would be advisable to rent a car. Car rentals are cheap compared to taxi or mini-bus fare.
Los Angeles is served by four other airports that many find more convenient than LAX. They are Burbank-Pasadena-Glendale, Ontario, Long Beach, and John Wayne (Orange County). All of these airports are served by either Airport Coach, or Supershuttle.
If you are going to downtown LA, it is wise to take one of these services. There are phones and information booths in the baggage claim areas of the airports where you can book service. Taxi service is also available at all airports. If you are going to an area near the airport, the taxi is the easiest way to go. If you are going to other areas far away from these airports, then go with the mini-bus services.
World Airport Information
Adapted from How to Get Out of the Airport