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Alternative Route to LAX
updated: Jun 02, 2014, 11:38 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I'm curious if anyone knows the best way to get to LAX by 5am for a 6am flight besides driving. The Airbus doesn't get down there soon enough. Does anyone know of any alternatives? I can drive but I'm trying to plan any alternatives

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 COMMENT 524553 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:42 AM

Fly

 

 COMMENT 524554 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:45 AM

Airbus night before

 

 COMMENT 524557P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:48 AM

Sadly, no idea other than the night before, a pain, or maybe Amtrak, but then it's still the night before. There are shuttles from Amtrak to LAX, but...

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:53 AM

Stay overnight at a hotel and take their shuttle. Lots do "deals" -- my favorite is the Renaissance Hotel on Airport Blvd., next door the to the Sheraton Four Points.

 

 COMMENT 524566 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:54 AM

Go the night before, go out and have a nice dinner. Less stress in the AM, take airport shuttle.

 

 COMMENT 524570 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:58 AM

Have a good, really good, friend drive you or a family member?

 

 COMMENT 524571 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 11:59 AM

There are tons of shuttle services that will take you down, however they are costly. Try Roadrunner Shuttle.

 

 COMMENT 524573 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:01 PM

jet ski, or horseback?

 

 COMMENT 524575 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:02 PM

if you are just worried about parking use a drop off, one way rental car [about $60] gives you a lot of time options and can be the cheapest if you have 2 or more people. you can leave any time you want

 

 COMMENT 524576 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:03 PM

SBA to LAX

 

 COMMENT 524588 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:12 PM

Go the night before and stay at the Hacienda, which has a shuttle to and from the airport terminal AND will store your car for I think a week, for free with one night's room rental. You are only allowing one hour before your flight and that is cutting it close as it is! (I once missed a flight to Hawaii because I took the Airbus and it got stuck in traffic and took four hours. )

 

 COMMENT 524590P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:13 PM

RoadRunner Shuttle...they run 24/7 I believe and will pick you up at your house. We've used them when the Airbus schedule didn't fit in with our flight. I prefer it to spending money on a hotel the night before an early morning flight.

 

 COMMENT 524591 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:19 PM

Second staying @ the Hacienda - so less stressful!!!

 

 COMMENT 524594 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:30 PM

Holy smokes Roadrunner is very expensive!

 

 MISTA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:33 PM

Rent a car, one way to LAX , here in SB- Leave @ 3am-Take Rice offramp to HWY 1 via Malibu-SM-LAX Rental car company drops you off at your airline check-in. Usually anywhere from $35-$60.

 

 GEEZERSGIRL agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 12:43 PM

I always stay at the El Segundo Double Tree. Parking for up to 21 days and a room the night before for less than $200. Free shuttle to LAX every 30 Minutes.

 

 COMMENT 524599 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:00 PM

Take Amtrak to Burbank Airport or Union Station, then Flyaway bus to LAX;

mrl(dot)ucsb.edu/~yopopov/directions/bur-lax.html

mrl(dot)ucsb.edu/~yopopov/directions/lax-us.html

 

 COMMENT 524603 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:03 PM

Fly. We did. Glad we did.

 

 COMMENT 524604 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:05 PM

I heard the same from a friend about staying overnight at the Hacienda. She told me the parking is free for the week, as long as you stay in the hotel for one night. That is a huge benefit, one week parking is expensive. Good luck.

 

 COMMENT 524605 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:06 PM

The operative condition in this query is 6 am departure. Amtrak and Airbus don't fill that requirement. Unless you enjoy driving to LAX at 3 am, the best bet is stay in a hotel the night before and take their shuttle.

 

 COMMENT 524607P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:10 PM

Hotel the night before

Also if it's a 6am departure, that means it will board 30 minutes prior so 5am arrival is cutting it quite close

 

 COMMENT 524610 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:21 PM

We have enjoyed Roadrunner. It is expensive if you are traveling alone. If there are two of you the cost is comparable to Airbus. Three or more and it is inexpensive. Home pickup is very convenient. The bus might stop in Ventura.

 

 COMMENT 524613P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:27 PM

I looked into SB Airbus & Roadrunner for a trip recently . Roadrunner picks you up at your home but they required way too many hours ahead of my plane (because they pick up other people too and give themselves lots of lead time). SB Airbus has been ok in the past but wouldn't work time-wise for our return. So we decided instead to drive the day/eve ahead and left our home at a convenient time avoiding traffic. It was so much more relaxing to do it that way. Disappears the worry completely about not making your plane. The hotels keep your car parked, and they shuttle you to the airport. Aside from making it be part of your airfare from SB (which is most preferable & what we do when it works out), staying a night near LAX ahead of our flight was a pleasure. You can get a better rate, and are assured of a parking space if you reserve ahead online, worked out perfectly, was easy and close to our hotel. Have fun!

 

 COMMENT 524618 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:40 PM

post a rideshare on craigslist, tons of people are looking and offering rides there everyday so you should be able to find something.

 

 COMMENT 524621 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:47 PM

Walk, run, cycle, helicopter, boat, all terrain vehicle, hovercraft, jet pack, train, plane, bus, uber, lyft, panga, hot air balloon, piggy back *requires strong friend, penny farthing, scooter, roller blade, skateboard, segway, submarine.
I'm out, you're welcome.

 

 COMMENT 524624 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 01:54 PM

OP here. Thank you all for your opinions! I didn't think about the renal car option one way down and then on the return flight dropping it back off in SB. I have a car, but was curious as to other methods other than driving down and staying at a hotel. We are going to a friends birthday party the night before and it wouldn't make sense to go down after that and pay for a hotel. We could just sleep for a few hours then head down at 3am.

 

 COMMENT 524628 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 02:01 PM

Take the evening Amtrak train at 6 PM or 6:58PM to Union Station ($23 or $31), and arrive at 9PM or 9:45PM.

Then take the LAX FlyAway® bus from Union Station. It leaves every half hour until 1AM and every hour from 1 AM to 5 AM ($8.00):

lawa(dot)org/welcome_lax.aspx?id=4696

OR take the Santa Barbara Airbus ($46) leaving SB at 6:20 PM and arriving at LAX at 9:45 PM. Bring a pillow and an alarm. And maybe a cable lock for your luggage.

Either way, you have a few leisurely hours to get a meal, entertain yourself with a podcast, and catch some zzz's. This is so much more relaxing than driving in LA!

 

 COMMENT 524638P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 02:35 PM

In that case (party night before) I would rent a car one way..both ways. Especially if it's 2 of you. Cheaper than airbus. If you are Costco member, go to their website, select travel, then rental cars. They offer you a Costco discount.

 

 COMMENT 524646 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 03:16 PM

38P, it being $60 each way for rental + gas, wouldn't it be cheaper to drive my own car and park it for the duration? It's only $85 for the 5 day stay + gas. Maybe I'm missing something?

 

 COMMENT 524690 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 04:46 PM

Has anyone actually rented a car from here and dropped it off at LAX? Thre is a minimum $25 charge for a one-way fee (Dollar charges $45 extra).

If you include gas, you cannot rent a car one way from Santa Barbara to LAX for under $100.

 

 COMMENT 524697 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 05:07 PM

Another big fan of Roadrunner. See if they can link you up with someone else in SB that may want to share the ride and expense. Well worth it for the convenience of a front door pick up and we also like their pickup at LAX and again that front door delivery especially late at night.

 

 COMMENT 524710 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 06:33 PM

101 south to 405 south.

 

 COMMENT 524718P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 07:28 PM

Just don't ask Spitfire to get you there. Inside joke.

 

 COMMENT 524728P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 08:31 PM

@718- ;)

 

 COMMENT 524730 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 08:39 PM

I agree with 628 - go the night before and sleep in the airport. There's a decent out-of-the way spot near the boarding area of gate 70. I've spent the night at PVD, BOS, LAX, and SFO, and that was my favorite spot. Just keep the straps of your bags tangled up around you and the chairs to make yourself a more difficult target.

 

 COMMENT 524734 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-02 08:58 PM

524646 also might consider the daily rate + gas of a 1 way rental often also has a per mile charge on top of that.

 

 COMMENT 524757P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 07:24 AM

Can't offer much better help than 628.

 

 COMMENT 524760P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 07:31 AM

I do this quite a bit. One way rental. AVIS is cheapest.

 

 COMMENT 524766 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 07:59 AM

It's a real shame that American Airlines (American Eagle out of here) pulled out. Now if I'm going to take American out of LAX I have to figure this all out - and waste a night in L.A. before an early flight.

 

 COMMENT 524767P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 07:59 AM

One wonders why the Airbus hasn't added a few more departures from SB and LAX now that there are very few flight options from SB to LAX. There is a 5:30 pm bus from LAX to SB, but none again until 7:30pm. Too much time to sit outside at LAX. And, they would be wise to add departures to Burbank because there is no way to guarantee that the train will arrive on time and the planes don't wait. Even a few days a week would be wonderful. We are frequent Airbus riders but so far our suggestions have gone nowhere. There is a market out there for more transportation to both LAX and Burbank. Most people hate driving in LA.

 

 COMMENT 524809 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 09:23 AM

Hell to the no on the Hacienda idea! I just stayed there last week the night before an LAX flight. That place is seriously gross, and checking in takes forever. Also because I booked through a third party, they wouldn't honor the parking. So we ended up parking at LAX Park Place (highly recommend!), which defeated the purpose of staying at the Hacienda in the first place. I heard after the fact that dozens of cars have been broken into in the Hacienda's parking lot, as it's right behind a convenience store, and not monitored or locked. So I'm grateful actually that they wouldn't honor the long term parking, because I might have come back to my car sans tires.

 

 COMMENT 524815 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 09:37 AM

Don't you just love Edhat!
Every town should have one.

 

 COMMENT 524864 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 12:42 PM

@718 :(

 

 COMMENT 524868 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 12:49 PM

760P - If you include 3 gallons of gas at $4 / gal, the least expensive car from Avis (sub-compact) would cost you $101.25 to go one way from here to LAX.

I am positive that anyone out there can find a friend or family member that is willing to drive them to LAX for much less than $100.

Renting a car one way is almost NEVER the best option.

 

 MOE agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 01:22 PM

You have to check around, there is not a hard/fast rule for what's better. I once got an Avis for $29 (plus gas, true) and Costco w/Budget is $34 right now. If you have more than one passenger some type of car (friend, rental, yours) is going to work out less than a flight or the airbus. On my own, the airbus or roadrunner, then the flight option are what I look at. Sometimes it's about convenience and the time factor too. Check-in is easiest at SBA for domestic connections, but for Tom Bradley Int'l you may as well get to LAX any way that works.

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-03 09:14 PM

If I have an early morning flight from LAX I go down the afternoon before (usually on Airbus) and treat myself to a nice evening and overnight stay in one of the airport hotels, then take the hotel shuttle next morning over to the airport in comfort. A little pricey but it eliminates tons of stress.

 

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