Best Time to Drive to LA?

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Hello! I'm new to southern California and I'm curious what the traffic would be like for me to drive to Los Angeles tomorrow morning when I need to arrive by 10:00 a.m.? Is it better to leave earlier or wait until some of the morning commutes dies down? Thanks for all your help!

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Luvaduck Feb 21, 2018 02:17 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

If you're going to LAX, use the SB Airbus. I don't know how they do it, but their trips vary btw 2 and 3 hours depending on time of day. Otherwise, take your chances at 0300 with the semis. At most of them have passed fairly rigorous testing, so they know what they're doing--assuming they're awake.

a-1537860492 Feb 21, 2018 07:47 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

Maybe someone with a vendetta downvotes a simple, valid suggestion? sheesh... smh.

420722 Feb 21, 2018 02:20 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

I’m not sure who would down vote you down twice that’s a great suggestion flicka. I do that a lot and it totally saves time and hassle!

salsa guy Feb 21, 2018 07:59 AM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

Leave by 630 or 645. Almost everyone in LA is using Waze, not much of an aid if all are taking the same “shortcuts “.

22701015201 Feb 20, 2018 09:08 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

Check the traffic when you are in Oxnard and head over to the PCH if it is a mess over near the 405. I would leave by 7AM.

a-1537860492 Feb 20, 2018 08:23 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

The key is that the worst of rush hour is between 7:30am and 9:15am. After that it's just the usual thick mess but at least the worker bees are in their hives. If you leave tonight though it would only take you 1 & 1/2 hours to get to the airport from here.

a-1537860492 Feb 20, 2018 07:54 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

OP here - Near LAX, right off the 405. Thanks for all the suggestions!

horsegirl Feb 20, 2018 08:07 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Santa+Barbara,+CA/Los+Angeles+International+Airport+(LAX),+1+World+Way,+Los+Angeles,+CA+90045/@34.1810222,-119.6043459,9z/am=t/data=!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x80e914c76f2d83d5:0xc8d13a64d7ba7648!2m2!1d-119.6981901!2d34.4208305!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c2b0d213b24fb5:0x77a87b57698badf1!2m2!1d-118.40853!2d33.9415889!2m3!6e1!7e2!8j1519207200?hl=en I did the arrive by 10am and it says to leave by 6:40. I'd say 6 is a *safe* bet

mattyboy Feb 20, 2018 08:01 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

Leave before 5 and cutting over to Hwy 1 at Rice Ave in Oxnard or Lost Hills to Las Virgenes farther south can often get you there faster and more relaxing. You can also use google maps directions in a browser (not the app as far as I can tell) and change it from "Leave now" to "Arrive by" to give you an average duration and suggested start time.

mattyboy Feb 20, 2018 07:44 PM
Best Time to Drive to LA?

Where in LA is pretty important. I would leave by or before 5 and get there early. If you leave later, you just spend more time in traffic wishing you left sooner.

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