For Air Travelers
Visitors to Los Angeles may often be startled by the sheer size of our metropolitan area. The closest airport is the one most travelers will choose for obvious reasons: Los Angeles International Airport (also popularly known as “LAX” by its airport code), one of America’s largest and busiest air terminals. All major US carriers and most international carriers fly to LAX, the world’s fourth busiest airport. LAX is a major hub for United Airlines and American Airlines, both of which each have their own terminals, but Southwest Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines and US Airways all use LAX as a frequent destination. Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and Air Canada are served by Terminal 2, while British Airways, Qantas and most international carriers use the Tom Bradley International Terminal. 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 to LAX Travelers: When you exit the terminal at LAX, proceed to the hotel shuttle area; it’s the median between the inner loop and the outer traffic circle. Look for the RED signs above the median indicating courtesy shuttles. While Gallifrey One used to be somewhat distant from this airport, we are now located approximately five minutes off the airport proper at the Marriott Hotel via one of the blue courtesy shuttles (please make certain the shuttle says “Marriott LAX” in the rotating list of hotels on the marquee; there are several blue shuttles that look alike.)
About twenty miles north of us is Bob Hope Airport, also referred to as Burbank Airport. Bob Hope Airport is served primarily by regional carriers; Southwest, United, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue and American all reach Burbank, but it can be a bit more expensive. International flights do not reach Bob Hope Airport. Still, it’s a very easy airport to get in and out of, and serves as the San Fernando Valley’s primary air terminal. You can often find great deals into Bob Hope Airport, and if you’re already renting a car, this can be a decent option.
The Los Angeles region is also served by three additional commercial airports: Long Beach Municipal (approximately 15 miles from the Marriott), Ontario International Airport (approximately 50 miles) and John Wayne International/Orange County Airport (approximately 40 miles). All three are a great distance from the hotel and it’s suggested you avoid them if you’re not familiar with the area. (Exception: Long Beach is the western hub of JetBlue Airways, which can be a savings for those traveling from the East Coast.) 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.