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Arrivals

Coming in from LAX

Taxi

Taxis can be found at taxi stands curbside on the arrivals level at each terminal. Taxi fare from LAX to anywhere in downtown is a flat $46.50. USC is not within the downtown zone, and is charged by meter, and is likely to be in the $40-50 range, though it could be more if traffic is heavy. Either ride is likely to take about 30 minutes, though it can on occasion be substantially longer if traffic is heavy, and could be as low as 20 minutes if traffic is light.

Fares can be paid by cash or credit card. Remember to include a tip.

The return to the airport can be done by Uber or Lyft, if you already have an account with either of those apps. However, they are not able to pick people up at the airport.

Public transit

Total cost is about $10 each way.

Los Angeles Metro runs the FlyAway bus from LAX to various locations in Los Angeles, for $8 each way, card only (no cash). Buses can be boarded at the green "Buses/Long Distance Vans" signs on the arrivals level at each terminal. Look at the headsign or ask the driver to make sure you are going to the correct destination. The bus comes approximately every 30 minutes.

The most relevant is the one to Union Station. The ride will take approximately 30 minutes after picking up passengers from all the terminals, though on rare occasions it can take over an hour due to traffic. After arrival at Union Station, you will be at the back plaza of the train station. Pay your fare at the kiosk, and then pick up your luggage from the driver.

Go downstairs to enter the actual station, and then go down the escalator to the Red Line. At the ticket machine, you can purchase a TAP card for $1, plus a $1.50 fare. (If you are staying near USC and need to transfer, you will need to add $3.00 fare.) Take the card and go to a turnstile. Tap the card on the sensor to open the gate, and then go downstairs to the platform. If you are staying in downtown, any subway train will work, and you will most likely ride it two stops to Pershing Square station, though the 7th St/Metro Center station is just as convenient for some hotels and slightly more convenient for others.

If you are staying in Hollywood or Koreatown, follow the same instructions as above, but you will need to choose the correct subway train - Red Line towards North Hollywood stops at all the Hollywood stops, while the Purple Line towards Wilshire/Western stops at all the Koreatown stops. Check Google Maps transit directions from Union Station to your hotel to figure out which stop is the best for you to get off at.

For people staying near USC, a slightly more convenient option is to take the FlyAway bus to La Brea. This bus only costs $7, and only comes once every 2 hours, leaving soon after odd-numbered hours approximately from 7 am to 11 pm. It may take slightly longer for the drive, and will drop you off right at the Expo/La Brea stop on the Expo Line. At the ticket machine, you can purchase a TAP card for $1, plus a $1.50 fare. The tracks are upstairs - look for a post with a sensor for tapping your card to pay the fare. Board a train heading towards Los Angeles and get off at one of the two USC stations. (The second is slightly more convenient, for the Vagabond Inn, while both are equally convenient for the Radisson.) People staying in downtown could also follow this route and just ride the train the whole way into downtown Los Angeles.

For return to the airport, you can take transit back to Union Station (the endpoint of both the Red and Purple line subways, so it is easy to find) and then walk to the end of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza in the back of the station to find the kiosk where you can buy a ticket for the next FlyAway bus, which runs approximately every 30 minutes. The one from Expo/La Brea departs on schedule every two hours, on even-numbered hours from 6 am to 10 pm.

Coming in from Burbank

Taxi

The Burbank airport is quite small and easy to navigate. Taxis are found on the curb. Taxi fare from the Burbank airport to downtown LA locations is likely to be in the $45-55 range, though it could be substantially more in heavy traffic. To USC the price is likely to be about $10 higher.

Trips to the airport can be done on Uber or Lyft if you already have an account with those apps, but they are not able to pick people up from the airport.

Public Transit

If you happen to land before 9 am, or between 3 and 5 pm, it is possible to take the Metrolink commuter train to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The train station is about a 10 minute walk from the terminal, or you can take a Lot C parking shuttle and tell the driver you want to go to the train station. The fare is $6.75, and the ride takes 25 minutes.

When you reach Union Station (the end of the line), look for signs for the Red Line Metro subway. Go down the escalator to the Red Line. At the ticket machine, you can purchase a TAP card for $1, plus a $1.50 fare. (If you are staying near USC and need to transfer, you will need to add $3.00 fare.) Take the card and go to a turnstile. Tap the card on the sensor to open the gate, and then go downstairs to the platform. If you are staying in downtown, any subway train will work, and you will most likely ride it two stops to Pershing Square station, though the 7th St/Metro Center station is just as convenient for some hotels and slightly more convenient for others.

The airport also offers a free ride on SuperShuttle to the North Hollywood Red Line station. I haven't tried it myself, so I don't know how long you might have to wait, but they say you can reserve the shuttle in advance if you call, or can call when you arrive. At North Hollywood, you will go down the escalators to the ticket machines, and then purchase a TAP card for $1, plus a $1.50 fare. (If you are staying near USC and need to transfer, you will need to add $3.00 fare.) Take the card and go to a turnstile. Tap the card on the sensor to open the gate, and then go downstairs again to the platform. If you are staying in downtown, the ride is about 25 minutes to the 7th St/Metro Center station. People staying in Hollywood will get off sooner, and people staying near USC will transfer to the Expo Line at 7th St, where they will need to tap again. Look for trains towards Culver City, and the USC stops will be about 10 minutes in.

For the return to the airport, one may be able to plan on a Metrolink train from Union Station, and the SuperShuttle from North Hollywood may also work, but both options are probably more reliable for arrivals than departures, unless you want to build extra travel time into your schedule.
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