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LAX to Westin Bonaventure

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LAX to Westin Bonaventure

We are five adults arriving at LAX in August. Would like ideas on best way to get to our hotel and prices. - Train/Taxi/Shuttle/Limo

Also does LA have daylight saving in August i.e. is there any change to the normal time.

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1. Re: LAX to Westin Bonaventure

From LAX:

Take Union Station Flyaway Bus for $3 to LA Union Station.

From Union Station:

Take a 10-15 minute taxi ride to your hotel. Not sure of pricing on that but I'm someone else will answer up.

I checked Westin's website and there was no indication of shuttles offered from train station.

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2. Re: LAX to Westin Bonaventure

Daylight savings does not occur until late October. It keeps getting pushed back each year.

I agree with the fly away bus / taxi combo - it is easy and more economical.

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3. Re: LAX to Westin Bonaventure

The taxi ride from Union Station to your hotel is actually much shorter. Definitely not 10-15 minutes unless there's a major traffic problem. But, even then, there are numerous alternate routes. The trip is more like five minutes. It is a straight shot down Sunset. Left on Grand or Hope. Then transition to Flower and you're there.

You might be tempted to take the subway to 7th & Metro and walk up Flower a couple of blocks. But, unless you have very little baggage, it is not recommended.

HTH

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4. Re: LAX to Westin Bonaventure

I think I need to clarify the prior poster's remarks about Daylight Saving Time. In the U.S., starting in 2007, DST starts with the second Sunday in March and ends with the first Sunday in November. So, August is in the middle of this period -- L.A. will be under Daylight Saving Time when you are visiting here.

Your flight schedule will reflect the adjusted time.

Another option to the above FLYAWAY BUS is to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. Ask the taxi dispatcher for a large "van-sized" taxi since there are so many of you. The flat rate fare from LAX to downtown (city centre) Los Angeles is $42 plus a $2.50 surcharge (for all trips originating at LAX) plus tip, totally about $51.

Taking a taxi from LAX has the following advantages:

1. You only need to ride one form of transportation.

2. The cost of the FLYAWAY bus is increasing to $5 per person, shortly. With five of you, that means a combined fare of $25. You will then need to pay the taxi fare from Union Station to your hotel (which will cost as follows):

$2.65 -- initial charge when you enter the taxi

$2.45 -- per mile x 2 miles = $4.90

Waiting Time (if the taxi is stuck in traffic or standing at a red light): 44 cents per minute (estimate: 44 x 2 = 88 cents).

Tip: 15 percent

Total fare: $2.65 + $4.90 + .88 + tip = about $10.

So, the coach/taxi combo will cost about $35 compared to a direct taxi from the airport for $51. But, there are some things missing in this comparison:

a. The likelihood of finding a "van-sized" taxi at Union Station is lower than at LAX. If you can't locate such a taxi, you'll need to take 2 taxis which will cause your costs to go to $45 (only $6 less than the "all taxi" method).

b. The FLYAWAY bus runs only every 30 minutes. So, it's likely that you'll have to wait for it at the airport. A taxi, however, is more prompt. Once you get on the FLYAWAY Bus (and assuming that you will be arriving at the Tom Bradley International Terminal), the bus will stop 4 more times within the airport to pick up passengers at terminals 4,5,6 and 7. Each time, the driver stops, you will be delayed. A taxi, on the other hand, will express to your destination. If the traffic is heavy on the way to downtown, the taxi driver will look for alternate routes; the coach driver is not permitted to do so.

Bottom line, for just a little bit more money, you'll get to your hotel a lot quicker and with less stress if you take a taxi door-to-door.

One final option is to reserve a full-size, 7-passenger van from one of the airport shuttle companies. Prime Time Shuttles (redvans.com) offers such a van for $72.

Have a great holiday.

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5. Re: LAX to Westin Bonaventure

Thanks for all your advice, might be a better idea to get the shuttle and not have to worry too much, will be tired after two long flights from Perth Western Australia.

Regarding Daylight Saving, does the time get put forward during this time or back and by how long. Am just trying to do a spreadsheet on the time so my kids will know the best time to call us whilst we are away.

Thanks for all your time and advice.

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6. Re: LAX to Westin Bonaventure

Just use this time clock to always know what time it is here, versus there - pick your cities.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

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