How to Take the Bus to LAX
We've tried various combinations of trains and automobiles to get to our plane flights, but one of the better options for the money for getting to Los Angeles International Airport is the city bus, if you can pack light.
The Metro web site's trip planner recognizes "LAX" as a destination, so all you have to do is type your address or the closest intersection in the starting point box, "LAX" in the destination box, and the site will give you a public transit route. It also gives you a time estimate, but this assumes that the buses run on time, which they do not. The Santa Monica, Culver City, and Torrance transit systems will also take you to the airport bus depot.
A full-day Metro pass costs $3, which is about $20 less than a shuttle service, and much less than a taxi. A drive to the airport that takes 50 minutes in a car driven by a friend recently took an hour and a half on the bus, which time is comparable to taking a shuttle service with a lot of stops. On the bus, though, you will have to haul your own bags and make a transfer or two, including an inevitable one to get to the actual airport.