Los Angeles International Airport
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 popularly known as “LAX” by its airport code, is one of America’s largest and busiest air terminals and is approximately one mile to the west of the Marriott LAX. All major US carriers and most international carriers fly to LAX. 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, JetBlue, Frontier, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Air, US Airways and Virgin America 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 any terminal at LAX on the lower 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/Courtesy Shuttles”. The Marriott LAX Hotel uses a blue courtesy van that also may be marked Courtyard By Marriott LAX which is also on the same route. (Also note that the same type of blue shuttle is used by several other hotels in the area including the Hilton!) 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. 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 (and remember to tell them which terminal you are at!)
As of January 2016, both Uber and Lyft now serve LAX Airport (and the Marriott) for both pick-ups and drop-offs; however, please note there is a surcharge from both companies for pick-ups and drop-offs at the airport.
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
- Bob Hope Airport, also referred to as Burbank Airport, approximately 30 miles to the north in the San Fernando Valley
- 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
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 (our subway/metro service comes close to but does not actually reach LAX, in fact!) 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.