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Hiring a car at LAX

The gateway to Hollywood, LAX - also known as Los Angeles International Airport - is the ultimate place to land if you want to embrace a bit of the celebrity lifestyle. Just under half an hour away from the centre of Los Angeles via the I-105 E and I-110 N, LAX is the perfect place to start your exploration of this part of the USA.

What I need to know

There are a few car hire companies operating at LAX, so you've got plenty of options when it comes to finding the right car at the best price. You can opt for a low-budget economy car or ride through LA in style by picking up a convertible. Make it easier to book your hire car at LAX by using our site, which allows you to compare deals.

Where to pick up my car

No car hire companies operate at the airport so you can't pick your rental car at the terminal. Instead, you can hop on the free shuttle buses provided to take you to the office of the company you booked with. The bus stops are outside of the terminal so you don't have far to walk.

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Where to go

Whether you want to celeb spot at Universal Studios or check out one of the fantastic exhibitions at the Getty Centre, there is plenty to do and see in LA. Even just driving along certain roads can be a great way to spend your time. Check out the history of the city by heading down Sunset Boulevard or enjoy the sea views of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Nearby LAX

One of the best places to visit if you're a bit of a film lover is the Chinese Theatre, where you'll find the hand and footprints of numerous celebs. Of course, you also need to head down the Hollywood Walk of Fame to check out the famous stars.

For a more down to earth day, head to the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which is home to a fascinating mix of exhibitions that combine fact and fiction.

Longer drives

If you fancy slowing the pace down a little bit, hop in your car and drive down the coast via the US-101 N to Santa Barbara. Around an hour and a half away from LAX, Santa Barbara is not quite as over the top as Los Angeles. There's still plenty to do though, so be sure to head to Stearns Pier for some food and shopping, explore the Santa Barbara Zoo or relax at the Botanic Gardens.

Eating and drinking

Those who love variety when it comes to food will definitely love LA. You can get so many different cuisines from around the world throughout the city, so you'll never need to eat the same food two days in a row. Of course, you can enjoy some of the oversized food that America has become known for if you want to embrace the local culture.

Things to do

You can't really go to Los Angeles without going to the 20-acre complex that houses the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. No matter what type of art you enjoy most, there will be something you love and some unusual pieces that are sure to amaze.

Of course, you can also pop to Rodeo Drive to shop in some of the most famous shops in the world.


The sight you can't miss while in LA has to be the Hollywood sign. This huge sign in Beverly Hills is one of the most iconic so you definitely need to see it for yourself.

You should also head to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is an incredibly interesting architectural feat. Even if you're not going to watch a show, it is definitely worth paying it a visit.