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The Best Way to Get to the Airport This Holiday Season

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

Iconic LAX Los Angeles International Airport Sign at Night

It's the most wonderful time of the year — to use transit to arrive at your holiday destination! By taking public transportation to and from the airport, travelers don't have to worry about paying daily parking fees or driving in traffic. You can also help lessen traffic congestion and air pollution.

Reducing your transportation footprint is easier than ever with a new initiative from the LAX FlyAway bus provided by the Los Angeles World Airports. In addition to the FlyAway service, there are number of public transit authorities serving LA’s main hub for domestic and international flights.

The FlyAway non-stop bus service, which provides direct transportation between Westwood and each LAX terminal, now accepts TAP cards with sufficient stored value as a payment option. Plus, Bruins who use a TAP card at the Westwood bus stop (located on Kinross Avenue near Parking Structure 32) will pay only $8, a discount from the route’s regular price of $10 for a one-way fare.

Those with EZ transit passes will pay an even greater reduced fare or ride for free depending on which zone you purchased. For a complete list of fares for TAP cards with EZ transit passes, click here. Otherwise, you can purchase a ticket on the bus or online using a debit or credit card.

There are also FlyAway routes in Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys.

Another local shared passenger-transport service to help you keep it green while traveling during the holiday season is the Culver CityBus Rapid 6 — and it only costs 50 cents for UCLA students and employees (free with a BruinGO! Flash Pass).

The Rapid 6 (Sepulveda Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit) travels along the Sepulveda corridor from Westwood and UCLA to the Metro Green Line Aviation Station. Rapid 6 operates during weekday morning and evening peak hours every 15 minutes. This line has limited stops at major intersections along the route and has bus signal priority at intersections within the city to achieve travel time savings.

Other transit agencies serving LAX are Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Torrance Transit. Travelers can also use the Metro rail Green Line and door-to-door shuttle van services.

More Americans travel over Thanksgiving than any other holiday, and Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Transportation is where most passengers have the biggest environmental impact, and using public transit is one of the best things you can do for the planet.

Additional responsible travel practices you can follow are:

  • For shorter trips take the train instead of flying
  • Choose a fuel-efficient rental car
  • Continue using public transportation to get around instead of taking a taxi
  • Better yet, rely on biking and walking to explore

Happy Trails, Bruins!


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How to Get Home For the Holidays


Heading home for holidays? UCLA Transportation has made it easy for you, the environment and your wallet. Whether you're hopping on a plane or planning to take the train, there's several convenient and discounted services for you to choose from. Here's the gist:

    1. FlyAway:  The Westwood FlyAway offers hourly, direct service to and from LAX for only $10 one-way. the FlyAway features free Wi-Fi service, curbside drop-off atAmtrak14CoastStarlightMtShastaCA each terminal and long-term parking at UCLA Parking Structure 32, which is where the shuttle picks you up. We recommend purchasing tickets in person on the
      shuttle. Drivers accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express debit or credit cards only.
    2. Amtrak: If you're planning on taking the train to and from UCLA (students get 20%
      Amtrak fares), hop on the Amtrak Thruway to get to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield stations. This dedicated bus connection to San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains is a short walk from UCLA residence halls. Just bring your pre-purchased Amtrak eTicket and board the bus at 592 Gayley Avenue at Strathmore Place.zimride-logo
    3. Zimride: Use this online ridesharing system to find other Bruins who live in or near your hometown. Bruins who are looking for a carpool buddy will post rides to share
      with the UCLA community. Save time when you carpool (think HOV lanes!) and money (gas!). You may even make a new friend.

Plan your winter holiday trip with these transportation options!


AmtrakLooking for a lift to LAX, Amtrak station or even home for the winter holiday closure? UCLA Transportation has great options to get you on your way and take the stress out of planning your trip!

For those traveling to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield Amtrak stations to access Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin trains, respectively, take the Amtrak California Thruway dedicated bus connection, a short walk down the hill from the residence halls. UCLA students may receive a 20% discount off the best available rail fares. The bus departs from 592 Gayley Ave. at Strathmore Place. For more information, please click here.

Need to find a ride home? Check out Zimride, a carpool matching service. Register for free with your UCLA email, enter your travel information and Zimride will provide a list of potential UCLA carpool partners. Zimride is a great way to make new friends, save time and money! For more information on Zimride, please click here.

Culver CityBus Rapid 6 offers convenient affordable service between UCLA and the LAX Transit Center, where a free connecting shuttle will take you from the Transit Center to all airport terminals. UCLA students, staff and faculty can ride Culver CityBus for only 50 cents!

In addition, FlyAway provides frequent nonstop bus service connecting Westwood and LAX for $10 (credit or debit only). Campus pick-up location: Kinross Ave. between Gayley and Veteran (UCLA Parking Structure 32). Please note: UCLA Transportation recommends that you DO NOT purchase your FlyAway ticket online ahead of time as tickets are nonrefundable and do not guarantee you a seat. Additionally, FlyAway often experiences delays and overcrowding during peak travel periods. We suggest that you have a backup plan to FlyAway, such as using a rideshare service or grabbing a cab with fellow Bruins.