Getting to Gallifrey One via air is easy… and the following guide offers some helpful hints for your travels!
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Although visitors to Los Angeles may often be startled by the sheer size of our metropolitan area, have no fear… our convention is served by an airport less than a mile away. Los Angeles International Airport, also known worldwide as “LAX” by its airport code, is one of America’s largest and busiest air terminals, and is less than a mile west of the Marriott. All US carriers fly to LAX: United, American, Delta, Alaska, Southwest, JetBlue, Frontier, Hawaiian, Allegiant, Spirit and Virgin America. Transcontinental rates aren’t what people usually expect; even a trip between New York and LA can cost only $250 round trip if one checks for specials.
Note that when you arrive at LAX, you will arrive at Terminal 1 if you’re on Southwest; Terminals 2 & 3 if you’re on Delta; Terminal 4 if on American; Terminal 5 if flying Allegiant, Frontier, Hawaiian, Spirit or Jet Blue; Terminal 6 for Alaska and Virgin America; and Terminal 7 & 8 for United.
LAX is also a major destination for the vast majority of major international carriers. For those visiting us from abroad, please note that Virgin Atlantic and Aer Lingus are served by Terminal 2; Air Canada, Terminal 6; and British Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand and most other international carriers in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (also called Terminal B).
Shuttle Service from LAX to the Marriott: When you exit any terminal at LAX on the lower (arrivals) level, proceed to the local shuttle pickup areas; they are located on the median between the inner and outer traffic lanes. Look for the red signs above the median indicating local and hotel shuttles. The Marriott LAX Hotel uses both blue and black courtesy vans that also may be marked Courtyard LAX which is also on the same route. (Also note that the same type of shuttle is used by several other hotels in the area including the Hilton. As of 2018 the Marriott is converting to the black shuttles, but the blue ones are still currently in operation.)
Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes during the day, 30 minutes at night, and take about 5-10 minutes to reach the hotel from the airport (longer if there is poor traffic movement). If for any reason the shuttle doesn’t arrive in a timely manner, call the Marriott at (310) 641-5700 and let them know you are waiting for a shuttle to the convention hotel (and remember to tell them which terminal you are at!)
Both Uber and Lyft serve LAX Airport (and the Marriott) for both pick-ups and drop-offs; however, please note there is a surcharge from both companies for airport service. Taxis are also widely available at the airport, as are local transportation options such as SuperShuttle and the Flyaway buses to other parts of the city.
Other Los Angeles Regional Airports
The Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area is also served by four additional commercial airports:
- Long Beach Municipal Airport, approximately 15 miles from the Marriott; this is primarily a JetBlue hub and has other limited jet service (domestic carriers only).
- Hollywood-Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport), approximately 30 miles to the north in Burbank, serving the San Fernando Valley and points north and east (domestic carriers only).
- John Wayne International/Orange County Airport, approximately 40 miles southeast in the heart of Orange County, near Disneyland.
- Ontario International Airport, approximately 60 miles east, serving the Inland Empire, San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.
All four are a distance from the hotel and it’s suggested you use them only if you are planning on extending your trip to the areas they serve as part of a larger trip.
Los Angeles does not have the best public transportation (in fact, our subway/metro service comes close to but does not actually specifically reach LAX without bus service) and taxis or rental cars are the primary mode of transportation for visitors. Also, please note that Van Nuys Airport, next to our old home the Airtel Plaza Hotel, is not a commercial airport; it is used strictly by private aircraft and charter aviation.