Find Cheap Car Rental in Los Angeles
- Air France – London Heathrow.
- British Airways) – London Heathrow.
- United Airlineswww.united.com) – London Heathrow.
- Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com – London Heathrow.
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
- Mullholland Drive
- The Getty Museum
- Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk
- Griffith Observatory
- Griffith Park
- Paramount Studios
- Universal Studios
- Warner Brothers Studios
Car Rental Los Angeles is essential if you have a large family or wish to see most of this large city and surrounding areas. With carrentalchoice.com you can book car hire in Los Angeles online and save up to 10% with no amendment and no cancellation fees.
We offer cheap car hire on a wide range of vehicles that range from small economic to large and luxury car hire. Most vehicles are automatic but you may find manual with some car rental suppliers. If you are a large group you may appreciate that we offer 7 seater, and 9 seater people carriers and for larger groups it is possible to find 12 seater minivans.
Use the online search form to search for available hire cars in Los Angeles. Simply fill in the details below the title Car Hire Los Angeles Search on the right and click book now. This will take you to a results page showing the available cars.
Car Rental Requirements
As in most destinations all drivers will need to be aged 21 or over, hold a valid driving license and current credit card. You will also need to take with you the los angeles car hire voucher you receive after booking and your passport. If you are aged 23 or under 25 contact us to find out more about young driver supplements.
Los Angeles Tips
Los Angeles otherwise known as L.A. is California’s largest city and the second biggest in the U.S.A. Nicknamed ‘The City of Angels’ is home to famous tourist attractions such as, Hollywood hillside sign, Griffith Observatory, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall amongst many others.
Being one of California’s most visited cities it is one of Carrenatlchoice’s top destinations. Car Rental Choice offer discounted car rental in Los Angeles as well as 6,000 other locations worldwide.
Although you are highly unlikely to encounter an earthquake, Los Angeles has been subject to them in the past. In this extremely unlikely event occurring you are advised to ‘duck and cover’, staying where you are during tremors when indoors before venturing outside. Buildings and structures are designed in Los Angeles to withstand an earthquake occurring within the city however.
Most tourist areas around Los Angeles are considered to be ‘safe’, including Hollywood, Westwood, Beverly Hills and Downtown LA. Although the city is still regarded as one as the safest in the USA, certain parts of the city at night should be approached with caution by night, especially if staying around residential areas out of the centre, where gang activity is rife.
Hire a car. Why? Los Angeles and all of its attractions are well spread out across different parts both in and around the city. Car hire is essential if you want to get the most out of your visit.
Pack a swimming costume and things for the beach. Although Los Angeles is a sprawling metropolis, it is also in possession of some beautiful stretches of coastline. Zuma Beach at the north end of Malibu is simply amazing, likewise San Onofre at the southern tip of Orange County. All offer numerous watersports activities and excellent surf. Many beaches are easily reached by road via Highway 1.
Los Angeles Travel
Travelling to/from Los Angeles
Los Angeles is served by six major airports, which include the world’s fifth busiest, LAX. Although served by a number of airports, only LAX offers flights to/from London in the UK via four major international carriers.
LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)
Getting to Downtown Los Angeles from LAX
LAX Airport has its own bus terminal in parking lot C (reachable by free bus, which serves the airport solely). A number of different bus companies offer services to/from the airport terminal and downtown Los Angeles, however the cheapest and most effective of these is the Metro Bus (number 42 and 42a) which serve the airport and the city, costing around £1.50 per single and leave every 15 minutes. The journey takes between 25 and 45 minutes depending on traffic.
Los Angeles’s Union Station is reachable by taking the train from LAX and travelling into the city via Metro Rail (www.metro.net), Metrolink (www.metrolinktrains.com) or Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) services, with fares averaging $6 for a one-way journey.
To get to downtown LA from the airport, takes the 405 road south before joining Interstate 10 west. The journey usually takes 30 minutes depending on traffic.
There is a large taxi rank situated outside the lower arrivals level of the terminals. The average fare to downtown Los Angeles is between $30-35.
Los Angeles Prices
Flying to Los Angeles can be remarkably cheap. Many major carriers offer return flights from around £300 (including taxes) when running special offers (which occur frequently during the year, check press). When booking casually, expect a flight to cost you around £500 in economy when no promotions are running.
Accommodation in Los Angeles is of course available in abundance, with rooms on hand to suit all budgets, tastes and requirements. Location is important when staying in Los Angeles, however, good hotels are reasonably expensive, with an average downtown four star room likely to cost you between £150-£200 a night. With the benefit of car hire you are never too far away from all major attractions and are able to stay slightly outside the downtown areas in good quality hotels for around £80 – £100 a night.
Getting taxis around downtown LA if you have been out and about at night is cheap. A minimum fare costs around $3 and just $2 for every mile thereafter.
Los Angeles is a veritable haven for food lovers, with high quality dishes from all corners of the globe available at remarkably reasonable prices. An authentic American retro diner such as Fred 62 just off Sunset Strip makes for a great dining experience and will only cost around $30 per head – a price typical of many of Los Angeles’s tourist friendly eating establishments.
Los Angeles Sightseeing
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Walking along Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Walk of Fame is instantly recognisable the moment you see the famous gold stars along the pavement commemorating some of the true greats of the celebrity world both past and present. Since 1960, over 2200 celebrities have been honoured, with their name in the centre of a bronze terrazo star. Here you will see famous names commemorated such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, Gene Autry, Eddie Murphy John Lennon – practically the who’s who of stage and screen who have made a significant mark on the world. If you are fortunate enough – you may be there at a time when a celebrity is there in person being inaugurated onto the Walk of Fame. You can check the schedule of any future inductees via the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on 001 323 469 8311.
www.hollywoodchamber.net, Hollywood Boulevard.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
The Grauman Chinese Theatre is without question one of Hollywood’s greatest landmarks. Opened in 1927 by the eponymous promoter in 1927, the original theatre hosted a variety of stage shows and then the world’s first ‘movie premieres’. Nowadays, millions of visitors come to see its famous entrance, where more than 160 stars have set their hand/footprints and signatures into concrete – now a famous and internationally recognised tradition. Expect to see the imprints of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Ginger Rogers, Paul Newman and Humphrey Bogart. A more unusual imprint can be found to the fascination of Star Wars fans in the form of the wheeltracks of R2-D2. The cinema is still active, showing modern and classic movies.
www.manntheatres.com/chinese 6925 Hollywood Blvd, tel: 001 323 464 8111
Cinema tickets: $11
Only those reaping the rewards of car hire may drive down this famous avenue – the setting for a countless amounts of films scenes, which also gives way to incredible views of the city.
The Getty Museum
This incredible museum boasts an inimitable array of artworks and sculptures including some of the world’s most famous. Decked out in beautiful Italian marble and plush French furniture, expect to see Van Gogh’s Irises (which cost the museum £27m to acquire) and works by the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro and Isamu Noguchi. As well as this awesome museum, the cable car from the car park at the base of a hill is magnificent, enabling you to take in formidable views across Los Angeles.
www.getty.edu 1200 Getty Center Dr, Tel: 001 310 440 7300
Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk
No visit to Los Angeles could be complete without visiting the bohemian paradise of Venice Beach. Amongst numerous street performers, musclemen, bikini-clad women and bikers, walk along this unmistakable stretch of Californian coast – once the hang-out for famous Beat writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and many more.
www.venicebeach.com Venice Boulevard.
Made famous from the film Rebel Without a Cause, the Griffith Observatory’s bronze domes have been notable landmarks of the Hollywood Hills since being built in 1935. Following an extensive restoration project completed in 2006, the ‘Centre of the Universe’ projection shown in the 300 seat theatre is simply awesome, demonstrating planets and stars that are hidden from the human eye. The observatory also features more than 60 space and astronomy-related exhibits. The visit is worth the journey alone for the awesome views across LA.
www.griffithobservatory.org 2800 E. Observatory Rd, Tel: 001 213 473 0800
Adults £7, children $3.
Covering 4107 acres, Griffith is the largest urban park in the entire USA. Inside the park you will find designated walking trails, horseback riding, golf, swimming, cycling and plenty of picnic sites. The park also incorporates Los Angeles Zoo and the Museum of the American West. Los Angeles Zoo (opened in 1966) is one of America’s best. Although smaller than the enormous San Diego Zoo, it has many fantastic enclosures and animals within, including a fantastic Silverback Gorilla Exhibit, a ‘forest’ containing chimpanzees, the World of Birds Show and the Sea Lion Cliffs habitat. The Museum of the American West contains over 78,000 artefacts celebrating cowboy-related movies and the lives of those that actually lived out the ‘Wild West’.
Los Angeles Zoo: www.lazoo.org, Griffith Park, 5333 Zoo Dr. Tel: 001 323 644 4200
Adults $10, children $5.
Museum of the American West: www.autrynationalcenter.org, Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way
Adults $9, children $3.
Remarkably, Paramount is the only major film studio left in downtown Hollywood, yet is arguably the most formidable in the entire world. Visitors are able to go on a two-hour tour of the studios’ facilities, which takes you for a behind-the-scenes look at an actual live, working film set, the television facilities and soundstages, although you will only be able to do so when the cameras aren’t rolling. Nevertheless, many visitors are able to see world-famous celebrities of the small and silver screen if their timing is fortuitous.
www.paramount.com, 5555 Melrose Ave. Tel: 001 323 956 1777
Admission by advance booking only: $35.
By far, one of the world’s greatest and most famous theme parks. New and exciting movie-related rides are added each year to an already incredible collection. The studios are still active, with many TV shows and movies being filmed on location on a daily basis. The biggest attractions at the park currently are the new Simpsons themed ride, likewise Shrek and also the studio tour, which has been the place where popular TV shows such as Desperate Housewives and the Tom Cruise film War of the Worlds were filmed.
www.universalstudioshollywood.com, 100 Universal City Plaza. Tel: 001 1800 8648 37725
A variety of different entry prices depending on length of visit and number of people in group (see website for details).
Warner Brothers Studios
One of the world’s most active studios opens its doors to visitors for what they term a ‘VIP Tour’ of the facilities. Following a brief history of the studios, tour groups are taken on ‘golf carts’ around sound stages, working sets, craft shops (where sets are built) and more behind-the-scenes activities. As you drive around the studios, do not be surprised to see a world-famous star of the screen before ending the tour in the fantastic Warner Brothers Museum, which contains famous props and artefacts from many famous films.
www.wbstudiotour.com, 3400 Riverside Dr. Tel: 001 818 972 8687
Advance booking, costing $42.