Cheap flights to Los Angeles

What's Los Angeles like?

Los Angeles is one of 4 airports in America that you can get to directly from New Zealand. The city is one of the most famous in the world, thanks to its beaches (such as Santa Monica and Venice Beach), the stars of Hollywood and its proximity to Universal Studios and Disneyland.

Which airlines fly to Los Angeles?

Air New Zealand and United sell direct flights to Los Angeles from Auckland.

It can often be cheaper to fly with 1 stop on your journey. Several airlines offer this type of flight, including:

How long is the flight to Los Angeles?

Auckland to Los Angeles

12 hours 10 minutes (direct)

Christchurch to Los Angeles

15 hours (1 stop)

Queenstown to Los Angeles

15 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)

Wellington to Los Angeles

14 hours 45 minutes (1 stop)

What is the best time to visit Los Angeles?

Much of LA's appeal is down to its beaches and its waves. While summer (June to August in America) is the busiest time to visit California, it's with good reason. If you want to avoid the crowds, spring and autumn are also pleasant times to visit.

If you're not worried about the coastline, the winters are milder in LA than in Auckland, meaning you can still enjoy the theme parks and shopping outlets without getting too cold.

How expensive is Los Angeles?

In many respects, LA is cheaper than New Zealand. Eating out or having a drink at a bar is cheaper and public transport also tends to cost less. Accommodation varies in price, and while it's often a bit more than you'd expect to pay in NZ, it's still possible to find bargains.

Arriving in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Airport (LAX) has 9 terminals, with foreign airlines landing at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). US airlines have dedicated terminals, such as United which exclusively uses terminals 7 and 8. All 9 terminals are connected by a shuttle bus.

Once you've cleared immigration and collected your bags, you'll be able to sample some American cuisine, take out US dollars or just head straight to the car hire counters.

LAX is 30km from Downtown LA. In a taxi, this takes 20 minutes in good traffic, but can cost as much as US$160. Uber tends to be a much cheaper alternative. Buses, while only costing a few dollars, can take an hour or more to reach the city.

Useful tips about Los Angeles

LA has plenty of free museums, including the California Science Center, Griffith Observatory and Vincent Price Art Museum.

The TAP card can save you money on public transport. Find out where to get one here.

You can get discounts on many attractions in LA with a GO card, which is also available as an app. Learn more here.

Worried about coping with a long-haul flight? Read our tips to make your journey more comfortable.

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Please note: all information is correct as of September, 2017.

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Frequently asked questions

There's one airport in Los Angeles: Los Angeles International.
Gulf Air, Norwegian, GOL Linhas Aéreas, Azul Airlines, Thai Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Avianca and Austrian Airlines all fly direct to Los Angeles International.
The cheapest month to fly to Los Angeles International is February.

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