How to Get From LAX to Universal Studios Hollywood

If you’re flying to Universal Studios Hollywood, you’ll likely land at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). You then have three ways of getting from LAX to Universal Studios Hollywood:

  1. Taxi (Uber or Lyft)
  2. Bus
  3. Hire Car

In my experience, the best way to get from LAX to Universal Studios Hollywood is in an Uber or Lyft. An Uber or Lyft from LAX to Universal Studios Hollywood costs between $40 and $60 and takes around 35 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take public transport if you’re on a budget. However, the journey is roughly four times longer than driving or taking a taxi.

Rideshare (Uber / Lyft)

⏱️ Time: 35 mins
💵 Cost: $40 – $60
💻 Reserve Taxi: Hoppa

The quickest and most direct way to travel from LAX to Universal Studios Hollywood is in an Uber or Lyft. But, unless you pay for a premium service (Uber Black), an Uber or Lyft can not collect you from the airport terminal.

Instead, rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft collect guests from LAX-it. LAX-it is a dedicated carpool area at LAX Airport at the end of One World Way, a ring road that covers all LAX terminals.

To get to LAX-it from an LAX Airport terminal, you can walk or take a complimentary shuttle bus.

Shuttle buses run regularly and collect passengers from each terminal. Getting your baggage on and off the bus can be difficult, and the bus is often overcrowded. As such, if you’re able to do so physically, I recommend walking.

Once you arrive at the LAX-it carpool area, you’ll want to order your Uber or Lyft. Both Uber and Lyft use a dynamic pricing model. As such, the price of your journey is dependent on several factors, including:

  1. Traffic
  2. Driver availability
  3. Driver demand
  4. Pick-up and drop-off location

Uber and Lyft’s dynamic pricing model means the cost of the same journey will be different on each platform. As such, I recommend downloading and setting up both Uber and Lyft in advance. This way, you can compare the prices on both rideshare platforms at the same time.

If you are travelling as a group of four or less with two or fewer suitcases, then a standard Uber or Lyft should be fine.

However, a group of between five and seven, or those with a large number of bags, should opt for an XL car instead. XL cars are available on Uber and Lyft and cost slightly more than a standard car, given the size.

There are two drop-off locations at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. You’ll be able to select either location when ordering your car. However, confirming with the driver as you approach the theme park is a good idea.

If returning to Los Angeles Airport from Universal Studios Hollywood, account for LA traffic and get to LAX early.

Bus

⏱️ Time: 2 hours
💵 Cost: $19.30

Public transport is the cheapest way to get from LAX to Universal Studios Hollywood if you’re travelling solo or as a couple. However, the public transport journey is indirect and will take roughly 4x longer than a taxi.

If you decide the saving is worth it, you should take bus 3 or 109 from LAX to Aviation / LAX Station. The bus stop is located outside the terminal and is well-signposted. Meanwhile, the journey takes between 10 and 15 minutes.

From Aviation / LAX Station you’ll want to take Metro C Line (Green) 10 minutes to Harbor Fwy Station. At Harbor Fwy Station, transfer onto the Metro J Line (Silver) 910 for 30 minutes up to 1st Hill.

Then, at 1st Hill, walk across to Civic Ctr / Grand Park Station. At Civic Ctr / Grand Park Station, you can take the Metro B Line (Red) for 23 minutes to Universal / Studio City Station.

Once you arrive at Universal / Studio City Station, exit the metro. From here, cross the street via the walkway bridge. You can then walk up the hill or take the complimentary shuttle to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park entrance.

Hire Car

⏱️ Time: 35 mins
💵 Cost: $35 per day (car hire only)
💻 Book Hire Car: Discover Cars

It is possible to hire a car, pick it up from LAX and drive yourself to Universal Studios Hollywood. However, there are several financial costs you’ll want to consider including;

  • Cost of rental car
  • Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Parking at hotels
  • Gas
  • Insurance

These costs mean that, in my opinion, it’s only worth hiring a car if you’re planning to explore more of Los Angeles. If, given this, a hire car still seems right for you, then the exact price you pay will depend on several factors, including:

  1. Car rental company
  2. Vehicle type
  3. Duration
  4. Time of Year
  5. Your age

Parking at hotels in Los Angeles is circa $30 a night. As such, I would also recommend staying in a Los Angeles hotel with complimentary parking. Even if the cost of the hotel is more when compared to a hotel that charges for parking.

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