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Taxi fare from LAX to San Pedro terminal?

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by tango55, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. tango55

    tango55 Well-Known Member

    Hi there. Trying to figure out if it's better to rent a car for a day, having to return it to LAX then take a cab to the cruise terminal, or just take shuttle from airport to hotel, then taxi to pier in morning?

    Any input would be greatly appreciated!

  2. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    Taxi will run about $50-55, one of the shuttles like Supershuttle,to San Pedro will run around $30-35 (I think it is about $18pp and you take your chances on how long it takes depending on other passengers) Last month we took a cab and it was around $60 with the tip, we stay at the Vagabond right in San Pedro and they have a free shuttle to the pier Sat morning, about a 10 minute ride. If you are staying at a hotel near the airport you will still be looking at about $50 something for a taxi.
  3. BruinSteve

    BruinSteve Well-Known Member


    Bunch of questions:
    When are you getting to LA...what time? Which Airport...LAX?
    Do you expect to do any sightseeing or just lounge around and relax?
    Which hotel are you staying at?

    Renting a car can be done two ways...one is the return to LAX...in which case, you still need transportation to the hotel/pier...The other is a "one-way" rental...which, in LA, usually involves a drop-off charge and can get expensive...and you have limited choices...and may have to drop it off in Long Beach and get a taxi to San Pedro from there...

    If you have limited time in LA, you probably aren't going to fit in a lot of touring and it's probably not worth dealing with the car...

    bob is correct... the shuttle services (Super Shuttle, Prime Time Shuttle, etc.) are usually the best alternatives, value-wise...though taxi would be easier...

    The big question, really, is where are you staying...
    Hopefully, you've reserved either the Crowne Plaza San Pedro or the Doubletree San Pedro...either of those hotels will shuttle you to the cruise terminal and no taxi is needed...just the transportation LAX to the hotel...
  4. tango55

    tango55 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. At the moment we're reserved at the Courtyard in El Segundo, near the airport. That can be changed though!

    We only fly in the day before the cruise - so not a lot of time. But might want to drive to Malibu or some such thing.

    Are there any hotels that offer shuttle service from the airport and to the cruise port?

    Thanks again, Terry
  5. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Terry - if you book the Marriott at LAX through Princess, the tariff will include transfers from airport to hotel, hotel to pier, including luggage handling and gratuities. I'm not aware of any hotel in the LAX area that offers complimentary shuttle service to San Pedro. I would suggest you calculate what your independent hotel and transfer cost, then compare it to what Princess charges.

    I always stay at the Doubletree Cabrillo Marina (San Pedro) - they offer complimentary shuttle service between hotel and ship.

    Sapphire Princess is a beautiful ship. Enjoy your cruise.
  6. tango55

    tango55 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Mary Ann, I will check it out.

  7. BruinSteve

    BruinSteve Well-Known Member

    It's 20 miles between LAX and the cruise terminal, so no hotels offer a free shuttle to both...
    There are LAX area hotels with free airport shuttles ...and there are San Pedro hotels with free pier shuttles...but, either way, you will nned to pay for transportation between the two areas....

    As MaryAnn noted, Princess often has that deal for the LAX Marriot which includes the transfer...it's not a bad deal so long as you arten't planning on leaving the hotel...It definitely limits the logistical worries...

    El Segundo is okay...not really convenient to much except the airport...sort of an industrial town highlighted by oil refineries...In fact the name, "El Segundo", Spanish for "The Second" came from it being the second oil refinery owned by Standard Oil of California...If you do rent a car for pick-up and return to LAX, it works as a "base"...

    Again, the question is one of exactly how much time you have...whatever time your flight gets in, add a couple of hours to walk through the airport, retrieve your luggage, pick up a rental car, drive to the hotel and check in...If you are getting in, say, 2 pm or later, I'd write off driving through Malibu...Venice Beach and Santa Monica are interesting deastinations and closer...

    Another LAX area hotel I prefer is the Radisson Culver City...which puts you North of the Airport rather than south...closer to Santa Monica and Malibu and in an area with a lot of shops and restaurants...and with a free LAX shuttle for those without a car...

    The reason I advise a lot of folks to just stay in San Pedro at the Crowne Plaza or Doubletree is this:

    If you foly in just the day before, it is always relaxing to just get to the port area ahead of time...so that, in the morning, all you need to do is to roll out of bed with no logistics to deal with...A lot of folks are tired from the travel and staying at the Crowne Plaza, for example, means you can take a shuttle there directly from LAX, relax a bit at the hotel, wander out at dinner time to one of the many area restuarants (I prefer the San Pedro Brewing Company--withing two blocks of the hotel), get a good night's sleep, even sleep in the morning of your cruise and then have the hotel shuttle you right to the ship...it is, logistics wise, the easiest way to do the thing...

    If one wants to do a bit of sightseeing, OTOH, I recommend spending at least two nights, if not more...and staying in Santa Monica or in the Universal City area, depending on one's interests...Renting a car is always of benefit in LA, but, if one is without a car, those are the two locations which work the best due4 to the number of attractions in close distance and the existing of public transportation options, HOHO buses and organized tours...

    I rarely recommend the LAX area except for those with very short visits and the need for convenience to LAX--perhaps those with an early flight out...
  8. Northwest Guy

    Northwest Guy New Member

    On our last Trip out of San Pedro we rented from Hertz and dropped the car off in Downtown Long Beach and took a 5-minute cab to the ship terminal. We stayed at the Hilton which a sweet deal too and a short walk to the Hertz Car drop off. We booked the room through Priceline for a whopping $25.00 per night. I swear we got the room for $25.00 plus taxes and it was at the HILTON!!! Really. What I did was the "name your own deal", picked 3 and 1/2 Star rating, choose Long Beach Area 1 and bidded $25.00 which was accepted. I think, but not sure that the Hilton is the only hotel in area 1.

    We also try to fly into Long Beach vs. LAX which is a smaller airport and so easy to get in and out. If you choose to fly in to Long Beach, be sure to reserve a car as they can run out of cars.

    I agree with the other posters that El Segundo does not have too much to offer a tourist.
  9. GalvestonTom

    GalvestonTom New Member

    Oh, I see that you live in Vancouver...literally one of my favorite cities --> I'm jealous :D
  10. tango55

    tango55 Well-Known Member

    The reason we're flying into LAX is we're using our Airmiles, and that was the only option. Also I'm trying to use points at Marriott and the hotel in El Segundo was the cheapest one that offered a shuttle to the airport.

    We get in at 11:00 am on Tuesday and cruise out Wednesday. I think we will still rent the car (as I have a $50 coupon for that as well) - can you tell we're trying to do this on the cheap??? We just returned from a Caribbean cruise - and the money is tight!

    Thanks for all the tips everyone!

  11. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    BruceSteve, great information to keep on theback burner, thanks
  12. geejay

    geejay Well-Known Member

    We always get our room on Princeline. 3 stars and you will get the Crowne Plaza or the one ShipMaven suggested - can't remember the name. They are both very nice. We just stayed at the Crowne Plaza in December for $65. Very nice location - lots to do within walking distance.

    Gary had to go to E.R. while we were there and they were so good about it. They took us there in the shuttle, kept the shuttle after hours to pick us back up and take us to a pharmacy to get his meds. Awesome service!

  13. Northwest Guy

    Northwest Guy New Member

    So are you planning on some site-seeing on Tuesday?
  14. tango55

    tango55 Well-Known Member

    Everything will kind of depend on the weather and where we end up staying. Will probably move to the Long Beach area, so we'll see where we end up, and go from there.

  15. BruinSteve

    BruinSteve Well-Known Member

    Okay...I got it...

    It doesn't sound too bad...
    If you get a car that you need to return to LAX, you are still going to need a shuttle from LAX to the pier...You may want to check with the car rental company about what they will charge you to return it closer to the pier--say in Long Beach or Torrance though you are probably not going to save all that much since you'd still need transportation from the car drop-off to the pier (per PrimeTime Shuttle, $32 for two in a shared van)...So, let's assume you pick up the car when you get into LAX and return it there the next morning and take a shuttle from LAX to the pier...

    Figure if your plane is scheduled to arrive at 11:00 am, adjust for the ever-present delays, getting off the plane, collecting your luggage, getting the shuttle to the car rental office and getting the car, driving to the hotel and checking in...figure you're not out on the road until around 2:00 pm...

    If you really want to drive through Malibu, realize that, from El Segundo to go through Malibu, past Point Mugu, you are talking about an approximately 60 mile trip each way... personally, I don't find it all that interesting...but of course, I grew up there and still live in the area...Most of the easternpart of Malibu--the first section you will go through--is just residential suburb...house block a lot of the beach side of the highway...it doesn't really open up and become more scenic until the second half...and then you need to drive back...If you make stops along the way you riskgetting to the more scenic part too late...then why go at all? But, here is what you pass going north:
    --Venice Beach...the boardwalk, the nuts and kooks, the street vendors, sidewalk performers, girls roller skating in bikinis, muscle beach, etc.
    --Santa Monica Pier--rides and attractions...
    --Third Street Promenade--shops and restaurants...
    --Getty Villa--museum housing Getty's Antiquities Collection in a spectacular building and grounds...

    Or you could spend your afternoon and evening visiting some of those...

    But, if you drive all the way through, I would still recommend stopping in Santa Monica on your way back, maybe strolling on the Third Street Promenade or on the Pier at night or eating in one of the area restaurants...

    If you are still in Malibu when you get hungry, here are a couple of suggestions:

    This may be the iconic Malibu restaurant (even though it is really in neighboring Pacific Palisades--as is the Getty Villa)...Ocean view dining, busiest restaurant in California...

    Gladstones Malibu by SBE

    If Gladstone's isn't the classic, then Duke's is:


    Similar experience...ocean view dining...

    After finishing off the night in Santa Monica, return to your hotel in El Segundo, get a good night's sleep and in the morning return the car and shuttle to the ship...

    Have fun...
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010

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