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Car rental Los Angeles airport

Los Angeles airport, known as LAX after the airport code, is the primary airport serving the Greater Los Angeles Area. It is located 24 kilometers southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Handling more than 60 million travelers per year, Los Angeles International airport is the busiest airport in California and the 6th busiest in the world. It has nine passenger terminals arranged in a “U”, all are served by shuttle buses. United Airlines operates to the most destinations. Other major international airlines include Qantas, offering nonstop service to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, Lufthansa, serving most destinations in Europe.

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Despite the city's well-developed public transport system, most people still rent a car at Los Angeles airport. There are more than 40 companies of car rental at LA airport, including Budget, Dollar rent a car, Hertz, National, etc. Please notice that their car rental counters are not located in the terminals. You can call the companies via a special number by the baggage bands in the Arrivals Hall. With all its glamour and fame, there is no high-low season in terms of travelling in LA. To make sure you have a smooth trip in this year-round busy destination, it's wise to make an early booking for car rental at Los Angeles airport. If you need to wait for the confirmation of other holiday products like flights and hotels, you can always use the free quote service offered by holidaycars.com, by which you have the chosen price and rental car at Los Angeles airport secured without any extra charge.

Facilities at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) include:



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Los Angeles International Airport
1 World Way
Los Angeles
California 90045
USA

Airport codes

IATA airport code: LAX
ICAO airport code: KLAX
Tips and experiences for Los Angeles airport

Our customers rated Los Angeles airport with an average of 9.1 based on 157 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

23-02-2018
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Give yourself plenty of time to get to your gate.
22-02-2018
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Shopping at Melrose. Eating in Little Tokyo. People watching at Venice. Driving along PCH. Great variety of live music. Catching a Dodgers game.
22-02-2018
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Get on TSA precheck for really quick security check.
09-02-2018
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Highway 1, paso robles
01-02-2018
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Lots of variety and options for food. The lines were quick as well.
30-01-2018
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LAX can be chaotic if you've never been. It's hit or miss whether you will run into issues there.
28-01-2018
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Unless you read the small print on your paperwork you need to look out for Advantage Rental Cars outside the arrivals hall at LAX. Inside Advantage Cars facility you see adverts about Europcar. I saw no desk in the LAX international arrivals hall.
27-01-2018
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Have all paperwork ready to be able to explain why are you coming to the USA. Be able to respond where you will stay and how long. I was going for medical/fertility treatment. I was asked how much it costs and if I had the money to pay it. Once I said it is paid for already, the immigration officer wanted to see a statement that it has been paid. It is good to have everything printed, so that it can be shown upon request.
14-01-2018
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As expected , efficient bus service between LAX and Hertz depot
05-01-2018
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Conveniently near the airport and freeway.
04-01-2018
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Sign up for the companies free fast break and skip the lines
02-01-2018
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Conveniently located but traffic can be a problem during the rush hour, while getting to the airport.
24-12-2017
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Lots of things to do
22-12-2017
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LA Irport is a very busy place with lots of lines and waiting. But overall it is accessible. The biggest suggestion I can make is check in efore you get to airport so your boarding group is sooner. They have changed procedures and it doesnt explain in detail anywhere. But if you are in boarding group 7 or higher there wont be room for u to store baggage. It seems people can pay for priority boarding so can get storage space. Even checking in 24 hours early my boarding group was a 6 and I have yet to ascertain exactly how one gets earlier boarding group. I recommend getting at least some food in the concourse for on the.plane because 1 plane unexpectedly didn't have food. Also the waits are long on the plane. I also recommend a bathroom trip before u get on plane. They pack peoe in So tight it's hard to leave your seat and have to navigate drink carts etc. when you get up.
18-12-2017
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Go online to shorten wait time. Check out trunk space. Get gas at least 20 minutes before returning car. Bring tip money for shuttle driver. Keep cost handy after sun goes down.
31-07-2017
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Tough navigation through construction and wait for shuttle.
25-07-2017
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Even though L A X is a big airport it was relatively easy to navigate.
18-07-2017
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Communicate in a friendly manner with rental car agents and shuttle drivers. They can be a huge help, and need to be treated with respect.
18-07-2017
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arrive early to allow extra time for security check; wear sandals if possible for easy taking off & putting on; put all small liquid containers in clear zip lock bags; check in all liquid containers larger than 3 oz.; travel as light as possible for easy and quick passage; sign in to the Pre-PSA for expedite security check; keep your eyes on all of your belongings at all time; bring newspapers or a good book to entertain yourself while waiting in the airport; do not fall asleep while waiting, anything can happen to you or your bags; be alert and observant of your surrounding; rest well before getting to the airport; be patient.
17-07-2017
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Whatever you go leave ahead of time.
15-07-2017
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security screening waiting time not bad as long as you follow the rules.
12-07-2017
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For such a huge airport the whole layout is amazing. You drive straight up to where you are checking in and board from there too. We were amazed at the efficiency and efficacy of it all. Don't be scared of LAX. It is amazing.
11-07-2017
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When you exit the LAX terminal to find the rental car shuttle, find the ground transportation island and walk in the opposite direction of traffic flow- this will get your blood pumping after a long flight, as well as reduce your waiting time for the shuttle. Always let the shuttle drivers manage your luggage into the vehicle, not only does it make luggage packing more efficient, but it's how the driver earns their tip! Have your rental paperwork or confirmation and driver's license ready for the rental agent when you're standing in line, it will make the rental process quicker for everyone. Keep your rental paperwork in your hand as you exit the facility with your car, the gate agent needs to review the documents and get your signature. Always be sure to adjust your mirrors before exiting the rental facility, you're taking your life in your own hands if you don't make time for proper safety! Feel free to ask the rental agent about current traffic conditions- they may have more up-to-date information about road closures/routes which will save you time.
11-07-2017
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I would suggest either more space or more people working at the counters to service the amount of customers getting transported to the facility. i believe a system between driver and base to notify amount of incoming customers would establish better knowledge for the # of counter employees to be on duty at a given time.
11-07-2017
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First time I rented car from Advantage, and my experience eas 5-star. I usually stick with familiar brands like enterprise, but would go with Advantage again for both personal amd business travels in the future. Shuttle service to and from airport were good. Waiting line to pick up rental car was quite long, but it was in LAX so it was not a surprise. Customer service at counter was good. Return process was easy. Excellent price. Great experience overall.
08-05-2017
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Plan for TRAFFIC TRAFFIC TRAFFIC
11-04-2017
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Enjoy the amazing LA.
28-03-2017
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Book with Budget
25-03-2017
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Universal Studios a little disappointing and going on a saturday, the lines were huge for everything, each activity was a least a tiresome 1 hour wait and food and drink was very expensive for what it was. Think Disney better. The Hollywood hills are worth a visit and a walk around (where the Hollywood sign is) and also the observatory. Rodeo Drive seems a lot more mainstream than it did the last time we were there 25 years ago, a pleasant walk and experience watching the super cars go by, worth an hour to do. Venice Beach was a cultural experince on a sunday although not everyones taste but some of the walks and scenery in the suburbs of LA was stunning, as were some of the houses.
23-03-2017
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Go to Warner Brothers studio tour if you like movies. Also, get a ticket to one of the tonight shows like Jimmy Kimmel or Conan O'brian
21-03-2017
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Use Holiday Cars and save money!
20-03-2017
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We visit family so the sites aren't important, but hanging out around Hollywood and Vine and taking a bus tour are fun.
17-03-2017
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Los Angeles is amazing. Definitely check out Santa Monica (ocean drive), Venice beach and Malibu!
15-03-2017
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Driving through Toping canyon and stopping at the little cafes along the way for treats. Driving the Pacific Coast highway and taking your time!
14-03-2017
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Echo Park - Silver Lake
11-03-2017
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Highly recommend this company to all renters! Did not know they've been around for so long! Will definitely be using them again!!! Thanks
10-03-2017
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A car in Los Angeles is a MUST. But, traffic can be a nightmare. Trust your GPS (especially via Google maps) to provide the best routing; then watch for alternatives as you progress. It will note "save 17 minutes by choosing this option." Click "accept" and it will reroute. Avoid rush hour times if at all possible. As for things-to-do, they are infinitely available. Consult the Internet for things to see and do; make reservations and you will have a ball. Whether your interests are the beach, Hollywood, museums, the mountains even with snow, the desert with multiple scenery ... you will find it in and around LA. If you don't plan ahead, you can find yourself driving around areas that make you wonder why ANYONE would go there You can see the best and you can see the worst in LA. Choose the best and you'll love it.
10-03-2017
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We didnt spend any time in LA. We spent most our trip in Temecula which was absolutely beautiful! Higly recommend!
10-03-2017
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Be ready for the traffic
09-03-2017
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Credit CArd vital. Book online and save time. Get GPS if you have never been to california unless you have it on your phone.
08-03-2017
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Avoid driving during rush hour. Plenty to see and do.
08-03-2017
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Drive thru the coast towards San Diego or San Francisco is a beautiful thing to do.
05-03-2017
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Go to In and Out burger, go to Redondo Beach Pier, go to Santa Monica. Avoid Holiday and Fox.
05-03-2017
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For foreign travelers, Google Maps with data access would be vital. So much easier to navigate around with location and traffic information at your fingertips. Also, don't miss Mulholland Drive. The night drive is fantastic.
03-03-2017
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don't travel during rush hour
02-03-2017
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Tge city is quite big and to have a car is the best options specially if time is limited. Have in mond you will spend a lot of money on parking and might not be as easy to find it as in other cities.
01-03-2017
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be prepared for crowds at the air port
25-02-2017
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Santa Monica Pier is great!
22-02-2017
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Take a good calculation of managing times between your destinations. Everything seems neat but the traffic can always surprise you
17-02-2017
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I really appriciate Holidaycars.com , made my vacation smooth and enjoyable, l could recommend to everybody, to everybody.
13-02-2017
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Hiring a car is a must and that should be with alamo
13-02-2017
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Beaches and skate parks those are all the best.
13-02-2017
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The beaches are wonderful. The museums are very good, especially LACMA. Drive through Malibu, Bel Air and Beverly Hills, visit Hollywood etc. Too much to mention. LA is one of the most exciting cities in the world.
09-02-2017
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Deposit slow reimbursement.
05-02-2017
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Santa Monica pier and Malibu is a must. Avoid LA rush hour traffic a must. If you are into the car culture scene it is the only place to experience it.
01-02-2017
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Read the agreement carefully so that you will know exactly the name of the rental agency that is provided to you.
31-01-2017
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drive the pacific coast highway and enjoy all the water views
30-01-2017
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Use Google Maps to determine fastest way around town - you do not want to get stuck in those freeway traffic jams! Sometimes the fastest route uses side streets.
30-01-2017
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Act like a local. Don't focus on being a tourist and going to all the tourist locations. Imagine you are leaving here already, go to the small ma/pa shops. Hang out in the parks. Explore the local events that are happening around town. Don't just be an outsider, traveling around on a tour bus briefly stepping into the community. Be one with the community and you'll have an amazing time.
27-01-2017
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You don't need a toll tag if you are staying in Anaheim.
24-01-2017
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For any visitor, it becomes abundantly clear pretty early on that Los Angeles is a car city. A common opinion around LA natives is that you'd have to crazy to not use a car to get around. Reason for this is that the city and most of its' different attractions are spread out. You can get by using a combination of public transit and/or Uber but expect to spend a lot more time moving between places. A 30 minute drive between Hollywood and Santa Monica will take around 3 times that long with a bus. Traveling by car in LA is usually a enjoyable experience. There's some great drives around the area even though you stick to the highways. It's generally recommended to avoid the biggest rush hours which tend to be the busiest commuting times between 7 and 9AM and 5 to 7PM and Saturday early afternoon. Traveling in less busy times of the day also gives you the added benefit of being able to find free parking next to popular tourist destinations. For example it's possible to find free parking around Hollywood's walk of fame on weekdays before 6PM.
23-01-2017
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Try to stay at hotels that are close to the ocean. LA is a very busy city, so try to avoid unwanted traffic. San Diego is very beautiful, so put it in your plan. It is really worth it.
23-01-2017
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The broad museum, Griffin observatory Venice beach
21-01-2017
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Use yelp! And you'll get everywhere :)
20-01-2017
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Do not trust the Pictures on the internet for the Hotels
19-01-2017
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Entire trip was awesome, Avoid going to hill during snow time.
18-01-2017
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To be prepared to make changes at the last minute. Save extra money for unknown expenses.
10-01-2017
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The reception on the return in the end was very attentives
10-01-2017
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Too much to do. Shopping district. Chinatown. Flower district.
08-01-2017
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No carry on liquids when going through security check, will make you throw away.
08-01-2017
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check out Pixar at CA Science Center
08-01-2017
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Make a reservation ahead of time.
07-01-2017
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LA is not such a complicated metro area to navigate through. With gps on the smat phone, it is a breeze if you know where you are going.
07-01-2017
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Check out great restaurants in Los Angeles. Besides New York city, LA is the best place that you can enjoy great food!! Great view from Pepperdine University is somewhere to check during sunset.
06-01-2017
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Hike up Inspiration point, which is opposite the Hollywood sign, quickly visit the Hollywood stars boardwalk (and then get out of there as it's super touristy!), we visited a restaurant called Son of a Gun - delicious food. Go to Santa Monica beach - endless sands and a very relaxing place to chill
06-01-2017
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Sunset from Griffith observatory is amazing. Leave your car down and hike a bit.
06-01-2017
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See Zuma Beach and Santa Monica.....San Diego is fantastic.
04-01-2017
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LA and southern California have a deep diverse culture of people and traditions and a wonderful history. I would say follow the history....It will take you to all of the places of interest and provide wonderful stories; sights; food and entertainment. Venture out further from city center and find wonderful beaches, museums, theaters and more. Don let the traffic get you down. Just deal with it and travel at non peak hours if possible. If you dont come back with a smile on your face and 10 lbs heavier, its your fault. Remember, your dont have to live there. You are only visiting. There is much to make a great visit. Cheers
04-01-2017
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Travel around peak rush hour times.
03-01-2017
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Enjoyed visiting the LaBrea Tarpits. Give yourself extra travel time for every trip due to heavy traffic at all times of day.
03-01-2017
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L.A. Is an enormous city with a big diversity of neighborhoods and things to do. The food is great and there's beautiful mountains all around. Beaches are still pretty even if the weather is cooler in the winter. Traffic is deservedly famous for how bad it is and you need to think very carefully about where you stay. Santa Monica was great but we didn't love Sherman oaks. Topanga Canyon is a hidden gem that is definitely recommend.
03-01-2017
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Los Angeles is a great place to visit -- as long as you are prepared for traffic! Without exception, there were always heavy traffic delays (to and from airport, to and from downtown LA). I recommend using a good map app (i.e., Wayze) to help navigate. Had a great time exploring Chinatown (and its food). A trip to the top of OUE Skyspace Los Angeles offered a commanding view of metropolitan Los Angeles -- and a great view of the Hollywood sign. The glass slide from the top to the floor below provided fun for the whole family.
02-01-2017
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LA is a wonderful town. Do all the Hollywood tourist stuff, Santa Monica and Venice beaches, Beverly Hills, etc, but also drive around the area to see the gorgeous beaches and mountains.
02-01-2017
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Need more than a week!
02-01-2017
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Please use Holiday cars.com for the Best rates in LA trust me they can't be beat !
01-01-2017
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Just have fun
31-12-2016
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Allow about 30 minutes to turn in vehicle and shuttle to the airport. Very easy to find and convenient. All staff was very helpful!
29-12-2016
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If you need a car look online. Best prices
28-12-2016
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Be prepared to wait and be aware that there are more than 10 Million people who live in Los Angeles County and everyone drives a car and many are the only ones in it. If at the airport and you need to hire Uber or Lyft, go back upstairs and look for the Alpha Circles from A to F that is where they are allowed to park to pick up customers.
19-12-2016
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Be sure to take a tour of the city. The Double decker bus was wonderful!!!
09-12-2016
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Mexican cantenas cheap and great spots for quick meals
01-12-2016
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Los Angeles offers lots of atrractions to see and enjoy....Hollywood, Universal Studios, Beverly Hills , and others. Not to far away is Anaheim where you could visit Disneyland....The beaches are are such as Santa Monica and malibu. Nightlife is awesome as well as the outlets and malls to go shopping.
08-09-2016
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Love Los Angeles. So much to do. So much great architecture. My favorites are the Santa Monica Pier/Venice Beach and attending sitcom tapings.
07-09-2016
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Get a car at Dollar :)
01-09-2016
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If you plan on visiting the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign tour or any other fun activities in L.A., do them while you are in the area, if you have to travel further than L.A. The traffic is not too bad, but get on the road early. Santa Monica Pier and beach are very nice, a lot to do there, good information about Route 66.
31-08-2016
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Ride a bike along Venice Beach. Don't miss the killer whales at Seaworld San Diego.
30-08-2016
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2 person per car is best to avoid getting stuck on freeways. LA has best freeway system.
27-08-2016
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Call ahead, make your reservation. Get tel. number for vocal contact. Find out where the shuttle will stop.
26-08-2016
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Arrive early at airports; familiarize yourself with where the rental car shuttle pick-up locations are before you leave home, so that it's easier on arrival at the airport and you can pick up the next available shuttle. Relax and enjoy!
25-08-2016
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Great food and attractions
23-08-2016
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I've visited Santa Bárbara, not LA.
23-08-2016
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pay attention to lines at travel reservation desks. They are often not clearly defined and you lose your turn.
22-08-2016
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Don't spend too much time in LA. You can cover most things in 3 days.
19-08-2016
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Traveling the roads during high traffic times can be difficult and time consuming.
02-08-2016
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Don't be scared to hire a car and just experience everything you can, drive down the PCH for a great adventure
31-07-2016
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Wonderful place.. just have plenty of patience. The traffic is BAD.
29-07-2016
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Los Angeles is a great city to visit. For those that have not visited before, hit the following tourist areas. 1) Hollywood Walk of Fame 2) Griffith Observatory 3) Catalina Island 4) Santa Monica Pier 5) Disneyland/California Adventure Park 6) Knotts Berry Farm 7) Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor (Brea)
26-07-2016
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Ask about their toll charges beforehand.
25-07-2016
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keep the car even in Rome, so we couldn´t avoit the hot weather there. tks a lot
24-07-2016
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Visit LA and Manhattan beach. The best place ever. Nice people and surrondings
24-07-2016
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The traffic is bad in Los Angeles so you have to be very calm. It's a great city. Lots to do.
20-07-2016
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Don't use Fox -10 Stars..... My experience was a disaster. After waiting for over an hour to get picked up, I found myself and 20 other clients being told Fox was out cars and my wait would be between 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours. I was forced to leave and make other arrangements. I’m very dissatisfied given that a quick check on trip advisor showed numerous complaints about Fox’s LAX operation over the last year. LA is a Blast but always check Trip Advisor.
19-07-2016
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just remember to drive on the right
19-07-2016
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Buy a gps for easy navigation in california or usa.
18-07-2016
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Best tip is try to see a big of scenery for yourself, hire a car and get around this way.
15-07-2016
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Use a navigational device -- LA traffic is horrendous & you need the computerized devices to guide
13-07-2016
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Museums, Library, Hollywood boulevard. Griffith park, 6 flags
13-07-2016
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Enjoy your visit to LA.
05-07-2016
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Bring your GPS-
27-06-2016
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Didnt love beverley hills and hollywood but would move to venice/santa monica instantly
19-06-2016
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In California we loved Paso Robles (wine tasting), Big Sur, Pismo Beach (clam chowder), Santa Barbara, Yosemite National Park and San Francisco. Would have liked to have spent more time in some places but we'll be back!
05-06-2016
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Not sure there is so much to do.
29-05-2016
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LACMA is good at night but current works happening now. Griffith Observatory- if you're after good photos, visiting it in the morning is a must. Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a must see in Universal Studios And You need a whole day shopping at Camarillo Outlet.
26-05-2016
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San Francisco, las vegas, death valley, yosemite, gran canyon, Anteelope canyon, los Angeles
05-05-2016
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Get a car with a GPS
28-04-2016
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Beautiful weather but a lot of traffic everywhere
27-04-2016
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Verify inclusions with the hire before signing. Choose car with GPS fitted when choosing from the lot on offer. Although I did take my own with me there was one in the car anyway.
26-04-2016
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just go prepared. have all the paper work ready
25-04-2016
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Best destinations: Universal Studios, Venice and Santa Monica beaches, Wax Museum in Hollywood.
22-04-2016
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Los Angeles miles arent like regular miles but there is always something to do and wonder places to eat.
22-04-2016
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Planning for at least an hour after arrival to get your car rental.
12-04-2016
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Take your own Sat Navigation it pays for itself in one trip
08-04-2016
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Use your GPS it's great
31-03-2016
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Amuzement parks, food, weather
28-03-2016
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too many options, narrow down what you want to do before you get there.
25-03-2016
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Make your plans before, reserve car in advance and have all the paperwork together
08-03-2016
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Ignore everyone complaining about the traffic, and just drive, explore.
07-03-2016
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We really enjoyed just driving along the coast and visiting some of the beach towns.
20-02-2016
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Nice time in ☀ LA
19-02-2016
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I'm a resident of the city of Los Angeles.
28-01-2016
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Eat fresh seafood!! Amazing eats throughout the city... Give yourself plenty of time to get anywhere - traffic is crazier than you could imagine and NORMAL. Point Dume is spectacular in Malibu - be sure to go somewhere beautiful on the coast and enjoy the created beauty of the ocean!
06-01-2016
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see everything you can
01-01-2016
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Be prepared to be aggressive to get on to shuttle! Make room for other passengers. TIP YOUR DRIVER for good service; they work hard!
01-01-2016
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Los Angeles is home for me
12-12-2015
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Be patient when in traffic and enjoy the sights.
03-12-2015
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Very chill and amazing place to visit. Lots of beaches. Used to leave in San Diego and you can never hate socal.
01-12-2015
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Great e huge city. A lot of touristic places. The best is the tour in the studios, especially watch a tv series and the park on the Universal Studios. Six Flags Magic Moutain we had a loto of fun, but the park could be more organized e offer better conditions to the clients to minimize the time on the lines. The traffic is the worst in the city, so plan all with much time before your schedules.
15-11-2015
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Driving is very slow between the hours of 7:00 AM & 10:AM and again between 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM avoid driving during this time if possible.
12-11-2015
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Rent DIRECTLY FROM THE CAR COMPANY AND ASK ABOUT THE NEEDED EXTRA's.
06-11-2015
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We spent a week in Disneyland and would recommend that experience to everyone - it's the happiest place on earth
30-07-2015
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Hollywood Walk of Fame Natural History Museum California Science Centre Universal Studios Santa Monica Pier
25-06-2015
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Getty center, Santa Monica pier...
23-06-2015
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Definitely rockin Hollywood tours Warner bros tour and whale watching in marina del Ray Downtown fashion district was fun also
19-06-2015
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We loved Santa Monica and enjoyed a hike in the hills by malibu
11-06-2015
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To visit the beaches and Hollywood.
09-06-2015
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landed in LAX and drove to Palm Desert for a week. easy drive.
01-06-2015
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