When flying out of LAX, it’s great to know you have several options to get to the airport from UCLA or Westwood. Here are four of them that are generally cheaper than a taxi and more convenient than asking a roommate, coworker or friend--who has to do double duty in driving to LAX, dropping you off, and then returning home.
The FlyAway is a convenient bus service that offers a direct route between Westwood and LAX. FlyAway buses offer regularly scheduled round-trips seven days a week at a low cost and feature reclining seats and free Wi-Fi. All FlyAway buses drop-off passengers on the Upper/Departures Level of each terminal at LAX. When returning, passengers board buses on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal under the green "FlyAway, Buses and Long Distance Vans" signs. Look for the “Westwood” destination sign in the front window before you board a FlyAway bus as there are other routes, too, including Union Station.
Pick up Location: Kinross Ave., between Gayley/Veteran Ave. at Parking Structure 32
- Westwood to LAX: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Bus departs from pick up location every hour.
- LAX to Westwood: 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. Bus leaves Terminal 1 at the top of hour and picks up at each terminal in order
Price: $10 one way. Visa/MasterCard/American Express debit/credit cards only.
Contact Information: 1-866-iFLYLAX. Website
2. Public Transportation
The most economical way to get to LAX is with Culver CityBus Line 6 or, when applicable, the faster Line 6 ‘Rapid.’ Culver CityBus work best if you’re going to the airport with no more than a small, lightweight carry-on bag or suitcase as there is no storage for luggage on board .
- Culver CityBus:
- Walk to Westwood and Weyburn
- Board the Culver CityBus Line 6 or, when applicable, the faster Line 6 ‘Rapid’
- Get off at the LAX City Bus Center
- Walk to the adjacent LAX Parking Lot C, board the frequent courtesy shuttle service to travel the few blocks to the terminals
- Culver CityBus: Every 15-20 minutes
Price: $1.00 per bus ride*
*If you are a UCLA student, staff or faculty and have a valid UCLA Bruin ID, ride for only 50¢ with the BruinGO! co-pay option offered during the regular school year (Summer is excluded.)
- Culver City Bus: 310-253-6500. Website
3. Shared Ride Van Service
Shuttle2LAX.com, a travel wholesaler based in Los Angeles, purchases available seats from leading door-to-door shuttle van operators serving LAX (think SuperShuttle and Prime Time) that otherwise would be empty and then resells them on their website at a savings. Once you make your reservation, you will instantly be assigned to one of their well-known carriers and receive a confirmation email from them. This email will have all the information you need, plus the carrier's 24-hour contact phone number.
Schedule: Reservations are required, with vans booked according to your flight’s departure time and your pick up location. Same day reservations are possible with at least six-hour advance notice. You should be ready to go about fifteen minutes before your pickup time, but the van may not be there until about fifteen minutes after. This pickup time window ensures you will get to LAX in plenty of time.
Price: From Westwood, the price is usually $20 and additional passengers on the same reservation are only $14 each. Drivers and their vehicles are fully licensed and insured, and the drivers will help you with your luggage, ensure your comfort en route, and drop you right at the curb check-in at LAX.
How to access it: Web
4. Transportation Network Companies
Lyft and Uber are two Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) that provide prearranged rides for compensation using mobile applications to connect people with an available community of drivers using their own personal vehicles. Their mobile apps enable you to quickly request a ride (not just to LAX), get picked up and taken where you need to go, and securely pay for that ride with a credit card already on file with them, so there’s no need for you to carry cash.
Schedule: No reservations are required, book on demand.
Price: Lyft and Uber each have several different levels of service with different pricing structures. The prices can vary based on the demand for service at the time you reserve a ride and the number of available drivers in that community when you want to go.
How to access it: Smartphone App