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Old Sep 25, 14, 10:48 am
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Fastest and/or cheapest way to get from LAX to Irvine?

For Christmas I'm flying out to see family in the UK. I'm leaving outbound from SNA but returning to LAX on a Friday 1/2 at noon. Would airport express take me from LAX right to my home in Irvine?

Any options are appreciated.

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Not sure about airport express but the Flyaway bus goes non-stop from LAX to the Irvine Amtrak station. I've used it to go from Irvine to LAX several times but have not travelled the reverse route.

I see the Flyaway stops out on the curb at LAX.

You can check the Flyaway schedule online.
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Old Sep 25, 14, 11:19 am
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I'm not sure these guys are the fastest or the cheapest, but they should get the job done at a very reasonable price.

http://www.shuttle2lax.com/
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The Irvine Flyaway bus stopped running some time ago.

You can take one of the shuttle services or something like Execucar which is a private transport but cheaper than a true black car service.

Alternatively, you can do a one-way rental which is what I often do and that can be pretty cheap sometimes.

BTW - you might want to have this thread moved the LA forum where you'll likely get better responses from locals
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Prime Time and SuperShuttle vans run approx $50
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Old Sep 25, 14, 11:25 am
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Originally Posted by airchick View Post
Not sure about airport express but the Flyaway bus goes non-stop from LAX to the Irvine Amtrak station. I've used it to go from Irvine to LAX several times but have not travelled the reverse route.

I see the Flyaway stops out on the curb at LAX.

You can check the Flyaway schedule online.
Looks like that service was discontinued in Sep 2012.
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Moving to the LAX Destination forum for further discussion. Thanks. /JY1024, TravelBuzz co-moderator
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Thanks for the responses. Mods please move accordingly.
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Old Sep 25, 14, 6:36 pm
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As noted above Flyaway some time ago. At least one person in the following thread has used the shuttle noted above multiple times without issues:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/los-a...sna-lax-2.html
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I wonder if you could do a one way rental?
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Fastest: Take a taxi $80~$100 depending on traffic and where exactly in Irvine; This will take about 1 hour.

Cheapest: Take Shuttle G to Aviation Station, transfer to Green Line and take to Willowbrook Station, transfer to Blue Line and take to 7th Street Metro Center, transfer to Red or Purple Line and take to Union Station, transfer to Metrolink Orange County line or Amtrak and take to Irvine Station. $1.75 on Metro (if you have TAP card, otherwise $2.75), $10.75 on Metrolink (or $18 on Amtrak). This will take about 3 hours.

Somewhere in between: Take FlyAway to Union Station instead of LAX Shuttle G and Metro will save you about 1 hour but cost $8 instead of $1.75.

Take a shared van shuttle will take about 2 hours and cost about $40~$50 but you will be dizzy driving all over Orange County in the back of a bouncing Ford E350 van.

One-way rental car will cost you at least $50 but will get you there in about 1.5 hour (need about 20~30 minutes to get to rental car counter).

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I live in Orange County, a bit north of Irvine.

When I do the LAX run, I usually hire a car with someone else to drive. It's easier and I prefer this way. But I have a friend who routinely does Yorba Linda to LAX via the Metrolink. He has a lot more coin than I have, but this is his way. You can use part of his route if it seems good to you. At LAX you need to look for the Green Line Bus. Supposedly it comes every 15 minutes and you need to look for a blue sign (yes, contrary to intuition). He tells me "stand under the blue sign."

The Green Line will take you from LAX to the Norwalk Metrolink station. A cross-section of life in the LA suburban sprawl awaits. From Norwalk, you can catch the Metrolink train to Irvine.

I've never actually done this for myself, but Google assures me it is possible, and you can see for yourself.

I would imagine that using public mass transit would be around $20 total, but it will also take you 2-3 hours, worst case. This is why I normally hire a private car service. It's around $100, but very professional, and typically the time required is around an hour, tops. Know your T-Rate...
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Thanks for all the replies. One of the shuttle buses another poster recommended had $59/person fares on a express shuttle shared bus that states "no more than 1 stop before your dropoff". That sounds fair.

Is Uber X allowed to pickup at LAX? They aren't at ORD but I use them extensively to get dropped off there and are 60% cheaper than yellow cab.
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Originally Posted by enviroian View Post
Thanks for all the replies. One of the shuttle buses another poster recommended had $59/person fares on a express shuttle shared bus that states "no more than 1 stop before your dropoff". That sounds fair.

Is Uber X allowed to pickup at LAX? They aren't at ORD but I use them extensively to get dropped off there and are 60% cheaper than yellow cab.
Officially no. See:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/los-a...light=uber+lax
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/los-a...light=uber+lax
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I'll bet you could get berX from In-n-Out....

And you always need a snack after a long flight.
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