While there are plenty of options available when it comes to getting to and from the Los Angeles International Airport, renting a car is one of the best ways. Renting a car allows travelers to get to and from LAX on their own terms, on their own time frame, and it allows them to travel around LA without having to rely on a taxi, bus, or car company. There are approximately 40 car rental agencies in and around the Los Angeles International Airport, which makes renting a car simple. However, none of those car rental agencies are located on-site and only a handful of them are permitted to pick-up and drop off passengers at the terminal in complementary shuttles.
Rental Car Agencies
Only 11 rental car agencies are permitted to operate complementary shuttles from the LAX terminal to the off-site rental car facility. This includes Alamo, Thrifty, National, Payless, Fox, Hertz, Advantage, Avis, Budget, Dollar, and Enterprise.
Car Rental Agency Shuttles
Complementary rental agency shuttles are permitted to pick passengers up beneath purple signs outside of baggage claim areas. These purple rental car shuttle signs are all located outside of the lower level arrivals area outside of the baggage claim areas of LAX. Before passengers can pick up their rental, they must stand beneath one of these signs and take the next shuttle to the car rental lot, getting off only when they reach the agency from which they rented.
Other Rental Car Agencies
Of the nearly 30 additional rental car agencies that operate near LAX, none of them have clearance to pick up passengers at the terminal. Passengers renting from any of these companies must contact the rental agency using the phones at the Visitors Information Center. These phones are free to use and each one lists the contact information for each rental car agency. Travelers arrange for the company to pick them up at the Off-Airport Rental Car Terminal.
To reach the Off-Airport Rental Car Terminal, passengers must take the LAX Shuttle Airline Connection Bus in Lot C. This shuttle is located outside of baggage claim.