Taxis to and from Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
The main taxi rank at Los Angeles Airport can be found by car parking lot C and a free shuttle bus, which connects all nine terminal buildings, will take passengers to the taxi rank. At peak times there are hundreds of cabs waiting for passengers and one should never have to wait long in a queue before a cab becomes available. The actual main taxi rank is located under 96th Street Bridge.
Taxis from Los Angeles Airport also wait outside the Lower/Arrival islands of each terminal building. Passengers should look out for the yellow sign-posting TAXIS, which indicate the route to the taxi ranks. Holidaymakers and business travellers will be given a ticket that state the typical fares to the major destinations in LA.
The city-authorised taxis have an official seal issued by City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, which is clearly visible on every vehicle. No other cab company is permitted to tout for business in the airport compound.
Los Angeles Airport taxis have to be authorised to operate in the airport compound and there are nine companies who have been given a permit by the city’s authorities to serve the airport. The municipal body in charge of the taxi companies is the City of Los Angeles, giving passengers peace of mind that drivers are well trained, safe to ride with and that vehicles undergo regular safety checks and are well maintained.
Los Angeles Airport taxis permitted to conduct business in the airport are Authorized Taxicab Supervision Inc, Beverley Hills Cab Company,. Independent Taxi, Yellow Cab, LA Check Club, Bell Cab Company, City Cab, United Checker Cab, United Independent Taxi Drivers (UTTD) and United Taxi of San Fernando (UTSFV).
Because there are so many taxis waiting outside the airport terminals, there is no need to pre-arrange pick-up. The price list for fares is regularly updated, giving new arrivals the chance to get out more cash from the ATMs in the terminals, should they need it for their taxi ride.
Taking taxis from Los Angeles Airport rather than crowded public transport provides passengers with an excellent opportunity to catch a glimpse of the amazing buildings that the airport has to offer. The Theme Building is a futuristic structure that supports a restaurant sitting like a gigantic spider or spaceship more than 77 feet up in the air. At night the structure is lit up in all the colours of the rainbow. The Light Towers, dotted around the airport compound, are an installation that was first erected in the year 2000, in preparation for the Democratic National convention, but proved so popular that the colourful towers have remained in situ ever since.
Taxis Los Angeles Airport will take either the Interstate 405 at Century Boulevard exit to get to downtown LA or will travel via the Interstate 105, leaving the airport area at Sepulveda Boulevard exit to reach the city. The airport is situated in the south westerly district of Westchester, effectively a suburb of LA. Los Angeles Airport is located 16 miles / 26 km from the city centre.
Taking a taxi from the airport is a convenient and comfortable way of reaching the hotel. There are plenty of busses and the metro train link from the Green Line available, too, but taking Los Angeles Airport taxis provides new arrivals with privacy and far greater comfort of reaching their hotel or guest house.
For more information about taxis from Los Angeles Airport, please visit the official airport website at http://www.lawa.org