Cheapest time to fly to Los Angeles
As LA’s temperate climate makes it an excellent place to visit all year round, deals on cheap flights to Los Angeles from the UK are common. But prices do vary, depending on the month and season. Mid-September to early December is often the cheapest time to fly to Los Angeles. Early spring is also a good period to sniff out a good deal as the tourist season won't have officially begun. Flying to LA on a weekday instead of the weekend will also help save you money. Prices rise for the summer months, Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Best time to book flights to Los Angeles
As with most international flights, comparing and booking early is the key to finding cheap flights to Los Angeles. Booking at least four months in advance can save you up to £600 on flights to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). And, if you book your 2020 / 2021 flight on a Tuesday or Sunday, you could get an even better deal on your Los Angeles flight.
Which UK airports offer flights to Los Angeles?
Which airlines fly to Los Angeles?
Well-known airlines such as British Airways, American Airlines and Air Canada offer frequent and direct flights to and from Los Angeles. Most direct flights depart from Heathrow Airport. Alternatively, several low-cost airlines – including WestJet and Norwegian – fly indirectly to LAX from London Gatwick. Other budget-friendly airlines, like KLM, Air France and Aer Lingus, offer indirect flights to Los Angeles from various UK airports, and stop off in cities like Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin.
Can I fly direct from the UK to Los Angeles?
You can fly direct to LA from the UK, but only from London Heathrow.
How long is the flight from the UK to Los Angeles?
With an approximate distance to travel of 8,305 kilometres, UK flights to Los Angeles can take anywhere from 11 hours to 14 hours or more, depending on how many connections you have. On average, a direct flight from London Heathrow to Los Angeles takes 11 hours and 30 minutes. Single-stop flights to LA from Gatwick can take as little as 13 hours, while a single-stop flight from Manchester Airport will take closer to 14 hours.
Flying to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Located about 18 miles away from downtown Los Angeles, LAX is the city’s main airport. As the second-busiest airport in the United States and the fifth-busiest airport in the world, it serves many airlines, including British Airways and Norwegian.
On arrival and getting around LAX
LAX has nine connected terminals, with check-ins and departures located on the upper level and arrivals and baggage claim located on the lower level. Free shuttles are also provided between the terminals. Flights to LAX from the UK arrive in the newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal. The airport contains several amenities, including many shops and restaurants, public toilets and first aid stations. Taxis and ride-sharing services, parking lots and car hires are available outside the terminals as well. The Theme Building, an iconic landmark reminiscent of the mid-century style common in Los Angeles, is located at the airport.
Getting to the city from the airport
LAX has several transportation options readily available for travelling into the city. The airport is conveniently located near Aviation Station on the green line of the Los Angeles metro rail system. To get to the station, you can use the free ‘G’ shuttle available at the airport. It takes about 50 minutes to get into the city, transferring between other rail lines. It costs around $1.75 to use the rail line, as long as it’s within two hours. Along the way, you’ll see the Watts Tower and the downtown skyscrapers in the distance, in particular the new Wilshire Grand – the tallest tower in the western United States. LAX also has several public bus stops nearby, including the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus Lines and the Torrance Transit Line. Bus fares cost around $1.
Another option is the LAX FlyAway bus service, which stops off in Hollywood, Long Beach, Van Nuys, Westwood and Union Station. Depending on where you're headed, ticket prices will range from $8 to $10. The trip takes about 45 minutes and services run for 24 hours. You’ll want to stop right in the heart of Hollywood where the starry streets of the Walk of Fame is, and near the old historic Olvera Street along the way.
Alternatively, taxis – including Uber and Lyft – and car hires are easily accessible at LAX. If you choose to drive from the airport, Interstates 105 and 405 make it easy to connect to other motorways, streets and parts of the city.
Visiting Los Angeles in 2020 / 2021
Bright sunny skies, green mountains and blue ocean waves – Los Angeles offers all this and more. As the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, LA is home to Hollywood and the film industry, as well as many cultural attractions. This sprawling city with year-round warm weather can be seen best from the 73rd floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. Other attractions include walking on the stars at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visiting Koreatown for a delicious meal, spending time in Silver Lake’s hipster shops, and listening to live music on the Sunset Strip. Of course, no trip to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to the Venice Beach Boardwalk and Santa Monica, an artistic neighbourhood with an oceanfront amusement park.
Above all, you must visit a movie set. Take a trip to the Universal Studios Park in Hollywood for behind the scenes action where you can see a working film studio and get your thrills on the many rides and attractions based on big blockbuster movies. But, if you want to put your sensible shoes on for a while, take in some of LA’s superb culture at the County Museum of Art, a 20-acre complex that can easily draw you in until the sun goes down on your day. At which point you may wish to head to the Griffith Observatory in order to gaze at the offering of the evening sky.
Don’t forget before you fly
Before leaving, it is a good idea to exchange some money into US Dollars. If you forget or don’t have time to do so before travelling, LAX has several currency exchange booths. UK passport holders with British citizenship don't need a visa prior to arrival to the USA and can stay up to 90 days. However, it's essential that you complete the online form for an ESTA visa-waiver at least 72 hours before flying, otherwise you won't be allowed entry into the USA. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months beyond your return flight back to the UK.