LAX to the Los Angeles & Long Beach Cruise Port Without a Car

While Los Angeles is known for it’s love affair with the car, the convenience of having one certainly comes with a price. Parking will set you back roughly $120 for a week-long cruise. That’s not to mention the cost of renting a car if you are flying into an area airport for a cruise. Then there is the added hassle of navigating through LA traffic to get to the cruise terminal.

Port of Los Angeles cruise map

Thankfully, there are a number of options available to get you back and forth from Los Angeles International (LAX) or other points in the area to the cruise terminals at the World Cruise Center and the Port of Long Beach.

Uber/Lyft

When it comes to the combination of convenience and cost, it’s tough to beat Uber & Lyft. With just a few clicks on a smartphone app, you can call up a ride that usually much cheaper than a traditional taxi. The rideshare companies are everywhere in the southern California area, meaning that you can get a ride just about anywhere you are.

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Drop Off/Pick Up at Airports
You can be dropped off at any area airport using these services. If you are flying into LAX or Orange County (John Wayne Airport), then you can also be picked up at the airport. Ontario and Long Beach airports don’t allow rideshare pickups at this time (July 2016).

If you are staying in the LA area, then you’re covered on getting a ride. To give you an idea of what the fare would cost, here are some estimates for Uber & Lyft from various spots in the city. Keep in mind that these prices are per car, not per person. If traveling with several people, the per person cost is even cheaper.

Rates below include a 15% customary tip for the taxi rate. Uber doesn’t use tipping. Tipping is optional with Lyft.

Los Angeles Uber and Lyft Prices

Long Beach Uber and Lyft Prices

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For more on riding with Uber and Lyft, visit our page dedicated to the services.

Taxis

Want to take a traditional cab? If coming from an airport where there are dedicated cab station, it’s not a bad choice as there should be cars waiting for you. If you are anywhere else in the city, expect to wait at least a few minutes for your ride. Be sure to call early.

One area where taxis have an advantage is if you are are catching a ride from the Ontario and Long Beach airports. While Uber/Lyft are allowed to drop off at the airport, they aren’t allowed at these smaller airports (they are available at LAX and Orange County).

Above, we’ve listed the estimated taxi fare from popular areas to the cruise ports. These prices are by the car (not per person) and include a customary 15% gratuity.

Cruise Shuttles

If you are flying into Los Angeles then you can also use transfers supplied by the cruise line to get to the port. These transfers leave at set times from the airport on the day of sailing, and can also give you a ride back from the cruise ship to the airport.

For example, Carnival provides transportation between Los Angeles International or Long Beach Airport to the Port of Long Beach. The cost is $30 per person each way from LAX and $23.50 from Long Beach Airport.

Norwegian Cruise Lines offers transfers between LAX and the Port of Los Angeles, costing $25 per person each way.

If you’re interested in one of the cruise lines transfers, you’ll need to contact your cruise line directly (you can often book through your online account as well).

For a couple of reasons, we usually suggest going with another option than a cruise shuttle transfer. First, it is expensive. The rates shown above are per person. So a family of four is paying $30 each ($120) just to get from LAX to a Carnival cruise. Other options like Uber and taxis price based on the car, not the number of occupants.

Second, cruise transfers are extremely limited. In this case, it runs only from LAX to the cruise port… and only on the day of sailing. So if you come in early, are flying into an airport other than LAX, or are staying at a hotel in the area, then the cruise line transfer isn’t a viable option.

Independent Shuttles/Car Services

If you are traveling with a larger group to port, or you simply want to travel in style, then your best bet is likely to look for an independent shuttle or private car service. These providers can offer private service to the port, sometimes for less per person than a taxi or other service, assuming you have five or more passengers.

To be frank, the number of shuttles and car services in the Los Angeles area is extremely high. That means we can’t list them all here. Instead, we’ve rounded up a sample list of area companies to give you a good start to go from. (Note: We have not personally used these services, so be sure to research before you book.)

The prices quoted by these companies can vary widely depending on what sort of service you need and exactly where you are coming from. However, as a general rule expect it to be a better value the larger a group you need to transport. Be sure to shop around before selecting a service as it can save you considerable money.

One other thing to keep in mind is that the prices you are quoted won’t include gratuity, which can add on another 15-20% to your fare.

http://www.primetimeshuttle.com/locations/airportshuttle_Los_Angeles_Harbor.html
http://www.laxairportshuttle.com/LAX-shuttle-rates.html
http://rapidshuttle247.com/
http://lotustransportation.com/
http://paylessairportshuttle.com/

Hotel Shuttles

If you are staying in a nearby hotel before your cruise, ask if they have a shuttle. Many hotels, especially those that offer parking packages, usually have shuttles that can take you to nearby points of interest. Best of all, they are usually free to guests.

More on Cruising From Los Angeles

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Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Los Angeles Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.

More on Cruising From Long Beach

Long Beach Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

Long Beach Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.