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Why rent a car in Los Angeles?

One of the most iconic cities in the US, Los Angeles combines a wide range of exciting activities and attractions with a near-perfect climate of sunshine and blue skies. Packed full of significant landmarks, from the world-famous Hollywood sign to the Griffith Observatory, the Getty Center and Universal Studios, Los Angeles provides all the ingredients for the perfect city break.

Beyond Los Angeles, your hire car can also help you explore other destinations such as Anaheim (an hour’s drive), a city that has garnered fame as the home of Disneyland, which transformed this sleepy rural community into an international tourist destination when it opened its doors in 1955. From hurtling down the tracks of the iconic Splash Mountain to sharing breakfast with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, you will be spoilt for choice for ways to have fun.

How to get to and around Los Angeles?

Fly into LAX Airport and from there it’s an easy half-hour drive into the centre of Los Angeles.

With a hire car at your disposal, you will also be able to venture beyond Los Angeles to Long Beach (a 40-minute drive), where you can visit the Museum of Latin American Art, come face to face with underwater creatures at the Aquarium of the Pacific and find a moment of peace at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, featuring a koi pond, bonsai trees and a waterfall.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Los Angeles to suit every budget and requirement, from Thrifty and Dollar to Hertz and National.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is brimming with things to see and do, from strolling along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to browsing designer shops on Rodeo Drive and rollerblading along the iconic Venice beach. The extensive Getty Museum is also a must-see, with works by world-famous artists including Rubens, Renoir and Van Gogh, while the Walt Disney Concert Hall hosts performances throughout the year in its spectacular auditorium, designed by experimental architect Frank Gehry.

The world-famous Hollywood is just 20 minutes from the centre of Los Angeles in your hire car, where you can walk in the footsteps of the thousands of celebrities and film stars that have made their name in this iconic neighbourhood. Universal Studios is a particularly popular destination, where you can glimpse behind the scenes of where countless blockbuster movies have been shot. Meanwhile, Santa Monica is a 35-minute drive away, where you can stroll along Santa Monica Pier for views along the coast, or watch aspiring bodybuilders pump iron at Muscle Beach.

Tips and tricks for driving in Los Angeles

Driving in Los Angeles, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so. Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.

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Hiring a Car from Airports Serving Los Angeles

Whichever airport you are travelling to, it is a good idea to check in advance if you can hire a car on-site. In the main airport, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the car rental offices are actually located a short journey away from its terminals. There are also rental companies that collect you and/or drop you off – just look for the rental car shuttle signs.

At the Bob Hope (Hollywood Burbank) Airport (BUR), the rental car pick-up and drop-off point is located several minutes away on foot. Similarly, the car rental offices at Long Beach Airport (LGB) are directly opposite the terminal building. At John Wayne Airport (SNA) the on-site rental car companies are situated on the Arrival lower level between terminals A and B, while LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) offers a free shuttle service between the car hire centre and its terminals.

Hiring a Car in Los Angeles City

If you want to hire a car in Los Angeles city itself, you will find plenty of options available: from budget car rental companies to the global brands. You can use Expedia’s search tool to steer you through them and find the car and vehicle hire company that’s right for you. Splash out and hire a convertible for a true taste of LA’s glitz and glamour.

Popular Driving Routes

There are tons of driving routes throughout Los Angeles, each infused with their own unique atmosphere. If you crave the adventure and excitement of a road trip, you will certainly be spoilt for choice. Why not take the time to drive along the 22 mile strip of Sunset Boulevard, or explore Mulholland Drive as it twists through the Santa Monica Mountains, or journey along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula on Palos Verdes Drive?

Los Angeles Attractions to Visit by Car

As well as the major attractions above, you should certainly not miss out on a drive to Santa Monica Pier. Here, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, you will find the thrilling rides of Pacific Park amusement park and the world’s only solar powered Ferris wheel. You could also take a break from the hustle and bustle and go on a short drive to the sublime Angeles National Forest, where you can return to nature and gaze in wonder at the epic mountain ranges that form part of this national forest.




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