Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles World Airports
LAX is an international airport serving the Los Angeles and Southern California region. It is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a department of the City of Los Angeles. The airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the U.S. The airport served nearly 75 million passengers in 2015. LAX has recently accomplished several upgrades including a brand new international terminal, more enhancements are underway including light rail service into the airport that connects to the rest of the city's Metro rail system. For more information about LAX's $14 billion modernization project, visit LAXishappening.com.
Distance from Pasadena
LAX is 29 miles (47 km) from Pasadena.
Top Flight Carriers
While nearly every commercial carrier in the world services LAX, top carriers include Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, US Airways, Spirit Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue. More
The LAX Flyaway buses offer convenient round- trips, seven days a week to Union Station. From Union Station, passengers may ride the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena. Flyaway costs $9.75 each way and the Metro Gold Line costs $1.75 each way. This trip would cost $11.50.
Ride Share Apps & Taxi
Uber & Lyft offer on-demand black car and ride share services to and from LAX. The services are available 24/7 via smartphone app. Prices vary based on demand, starting at $40 for ride shares, or $100 for black cars. Starting October 30, 2019 those using Uber, Lyft, or Taxis will no longer be permitted to pick up curbside. A shuttle will be provided to a parking lot next to Terminal 1. The shuttles run every 3 to 5 minutes.
Shared Shuttle Vans
Prime Time Shuttle operate out of LAX and cost approximately $30 each way.
There are several car rental companies located near LAX, visitors can catch free shuttles in the lower level (arrivals) to respective car rental lots. While car rental prices vary, it generally costs approximately $15-$40 per day. A consolidated rent-a-car facility is currently in the works.
Get Real ID Ready
Beginning October 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require every American traveling by air to present a REAL ID-compliant driver's license (or another acceptable form of ID such as a U.S. passport) to go through airport security checkpoints and board their flight.
That means beginning October 1, 2021, your traditional driver's license will no longer be accepted through airport security. If you don't see a star or U.S. flag on your current driver's license, that means you are not REAL ID-compliant.
Unless you plan to use your U.S. passport or Global Entry for every single domestic flight, you must go to a California DMV to get a REAL ID. Before lines at your local DMV get even longer, I encourage you plan ahead and make an appointment online, up to three months in advance. You'll also be able to fill out the online application to save time during your DMV visit and learn which documentation you'll have to bring with you to obtain a REAL ID.
For questions or specific step-by-step instructions on obtaining a REAL ID-compliant driver's license in California, please check with the California DMV: https://realid.dmv.ca.gov/
Our partners at U.S. Travel have created this comprehensive fact sheet that outlines everything you need to know about getting #REALIDready.