Cheap Flights to Los Angeles
- Area Metro City : 1,302 km² (503 sq mi)
- Area Codes : 213, 310/424, 562, 323, 661, 747/818
- Currency : Dollar (USD)
- Population Metro City : 4,030,904 (2016)
- Official Language : None. Spoken: English, Spanish
- Time Zone : Pacific (UTC-8) Summer (DST): PDT (UTC-7)
- Airport : Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the busiest and largest in the state of California including the Greater Los Angeles area as well as one of the largest in the United States. There are hundreds of cheap flights to Los Angeles available daily. Additional airports in the Los Angeles area are Bob Hope (formally Burbank), Long Beach, John Wayne and Ontario. The most affordable way to get to and from LAX is via Metro trains and buses with free shuttles provided from the airport to the train and bus terminals. Passengers landing at LAX can wait to be collected in the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, take a quick and cheap trip with the Flyaway Bus to specific destinations or The Disneyland Resort Express that includes stops at Anaheim hotels. Car hire companies at LAX include Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Thrifty, Budget and Sixt and taking a taxi from LAX incurs an additional service charge.
The shortest flight for travellers from South Africa to LAX is 23h 30m+ with Delta Airlines but there are numerous flights departing out of Johannesburg with stopovers that include:
- Delta (via Atlanta)
- South African, American (via New York City)
- South African, United (via London)
- South African, Air Canada (via London, Vancouver)
- KLM (via Amsterdam)
- British Airways (via London)
- Qatar (via Doha)
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa, Dublin)
- Virgin Atlantic (via London)
- Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong)
- Emirates (via Dubai)
- Etihad (via Abu Dhabi)
- Turkish (via Istanbul)
LAX has over 50 airlines touching down and taking off, some of which include:
- Aer Lingus
- Air France
- British Airways
- Cathay Pacific Airways
- Virgin Atlantic Airways
Reasons to Visit Los Angeles
- With nicknames like City of Angels, Angeltown, Tinseltown, La-la-land, The Big Orange and The Entertainment Capital of the World, who wouldn’t want to visit Los Angeles (LA), the most populated city in the Californian state and second largest city in America with an interesting history. It affords visitors over 800 museums and art galleries, a notable list of landmarks and oodles of attractions, besides Disneyland. In addition to sights, the city offers wetlands, beaches and mountains.
- Claimed by Spain in 1542, LA was formally founded by Felipe de Neve, a Spanish governor in 1781. In 1821 it was made part of Mexico after the Mexican War of Independence and during the latter part of 1848 and the Mexican-American War, LA and California finally became part of the United States, having been purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Today LA is home to people from over 140 countries with 224 different spoken languages.
- Located in southern California, LA is a sprawling city and the heart of Americas film and television industry with Universal, Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures studios situated close to the massive Hollywood sign, erected in 1923 on Mt. Lee. LA is surrounded (on three sides) by spectacular mountains with heights up to over 3,000 metres and sits in a large coastal basin and its Mediterranean climate provides plenty of wonderful annual sunshine.
Places to Visit in Los Angeles
- The maritime USS Iowa Museum is situated at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. Its key artefact being the USS Iowa battleship.
- Perfect for dads and sons is Travel Town Museum that opened in 1952 and affords a great educational experience. View locomotives and cars on show and there’s no entry fee.
- The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum opened in 1923 and is a historic venue taking up 7ha. Its teams are the USC Trojans (football) and the Los Angeles Rams.
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, founded in 1910, located on Wilshire Boulevard, is home to over 150,000 works of art from ancient to present times.
- Watts Towers is a collection of 17 inter-connected sculptural creations assembled by Simon Rodia between 1921 and 1954 with no blueprints, tools or proper construction methods. Made with structural steel and covered with mortar, the tallest is over 30 metres.
- Put aside at least two hours to explore La Brea Tar Pits and Museum where an experience of fossils and life during the ice age is afforded, also great for kids.
- A must for music lovers is The Grammy Museum dedicated to the history of Grammy Awards winners.
- The Hollywood Wax Museum founded in 1965 is great for seeing your favourite star, albeit in wax.
- Created in 1942, Little Tokyo provides a feeling of being in Japan and is the place to indulge in delectable Japanese cuisine at one of many restaurants and meander through numerous shops selling a variety of interesting items.
- The Farmers Market, one of LAs oldest, offers a range of shops, more than 100 gourmet grocery outlets and plenty of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines.
- Runyon Canyon Park, just two blocks from Hollywood Boulevard is a 130 acre park that has walkers, joggers, hikers and scenic views.
- Griffith Park located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains provides visitors respite from the pulsating city. Comprising 4,310 acres, its one the largest urban parks in North America with hiking trails, the LA Zoo and great city views. Griffith Observatory that comprises a planetarium, telescopes and panoramic views of the city, sits on the south-facing slope of Mt Hollywood in Griffith Park.
- Santa Monica Pier is great for families for fun on the beach with cafes, shops, an aquarium and an amusement park.
- Hollywood Boulevard affords the Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre displaying star’s hand and footprints and lots of vendors peddling maps to homes of super stars.
- There’s the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Dolby Theatre, venue for the Academy Awards, the Getty Centre, the Vincent Thomas Bridge at Terminal Island and lots more.
Getting Around Los Angeles
Car rental in LA is one of the cheapest in the world and if you really want to get around without wasting time, its best to rent one with a GPS and a map. LA has an extensive system of high-speed, toll-free freeways connecting the city’s communities. Try and avoid rush hour between 07h00 to 09h00 and 15h00 to 19h00 that’s normally congested, especially on the I-405. It helps to plan your exact route before leaving and give yourself additional time for traffic and parking and always have enough quarters in your pocket for parking meters. Rental companies located at LAX and in LA include Avis, Thrifty, Sixt, Alamo and many others.
Taxis in LA are for travellers with plenty of money, but for those on tight budgets its not advisable even for a short trip and there’s an extra charge for every 37 second delay. Taxi ranks are located at the airport, at major hotels and Downtowns Union Station and will only pull over in mid Downtown when hailed. Its best to book one in advance from L.A. Taxi, United Taxi or Checker Cab.
Rail & Subway:
LAs Metro Rail system is a sad situation compared to New York’s subway or BART in San Francisco. The system comprises Blue, Red, Purple, Green and Gold lines. Specific colours pertain to above-ground, underground and to different areas. Travellers can purchase a Metro Day or Weekly Passes from the Metro Customer Centres and local grocery and convenience stores.
The bus service is suitable for short trips or an occasional outing and is inexpensive. Stops are spread-out and the service is not recommended for night travel. Purchasing a Metro Day Pass affords unlimited bus and rail travel all day and can be procured when boarding the bus provided, you have the exact amount of change or from self-service vending machine at Metro Rail stations. Two children aged four years and under may travel for free with each fare-paying adult.
The DASH(Downtown Area Short Hop) is a shuttle system of buses that operate in Downtown and Hollywood running every 5 to 30 minutes, dependent on the time of day.
The Cityline shuttle operates around West Hollywood every day except Sunday from 09h00 to 18h00.