How To Get From LAX To Union Station (FlyAway Bus)

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The easiest way to get from LAX to Union Station is on the FlyAway bus. The bus runs every 30 minutes from 8am until 8pm (with a reduced service after-hours) from LAX to Union Station and is well signposted in both locations to make it easy to find.

A one-way ticket from LAX to Union Station on the FlyAway bus costs $9.75 and the journey takes between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Flyaway tickets can be purchased online, on the mobile app or in person (at Union Station only).

Given that the FlyAway bus is a convenient and affordable transportation option for those travelling between LAX and Union Station, it’s a service we use regularly and therefore decided to break down the journey step-by-step to help you with any questions you might have.

Where To Catch The FlyAway Bus At LAX

To catch the FlyAway bus from LAX you’ll want to proceed through security and customs and then exit the airport into One World Way. From here you should see multiple signposts for various transport options including the FlyAway bus.

The FlyAway bus has multiple pick-up points around LAX’s One World Way so you do not need to walk to another terminal and should find a pick-up point without having to walk more than 200m.

If you’re unsure as to where your nearest FlyAway pick-up point is then consider asking a member of staff. You’ll find plenty around both inside and outside of the terminal.

You can not buy a ticket for the FlyAway bus at LAX. Instead, you’ll need to use either the website or the FlyAway mobile application.

LAX has free WiFi which you’re able to use, however, to save yourself some hassle I recommend purchasing your ticket in advance, especially since tickets don’t have a set time or date in which you need to use them.

Where To Catch The FlyAway Bus At Union Station

The FlyAway bus from Union Station to LAX leaves from Bus Stop 1 at the Patsaouras Transit Plaza. This is an outdoor bus station that adjoins Union Station and is well-signposted around the area.

You can purchase your FlyAway bus tickets in person from the ticket booth which is situated on the south end of the plaza near bus bay 1 (from which the FlyAway bus departs). Alternatively, you can also purchase your tickets online in advance or by using the FlyAway mobile application.

LAX To Union Station – FlyAway Schedule

Below is the schedule for the FlyAway bus leaving LAX bound for Union Station;

Monday – Sunday
*12:10 am7:40 am1:10 pm6:40 pm
*12:40 am8:10 am1:40 pm7:10 pm
*1:10 am8:40 am2:10 pm7:40 pm
*2:10 am9:10 am2:40 pm8:10 pm
*3:10 am9:40 am3:10 pm8:40 pm
4:10 am10:10 am3:40 pm9:10 pm
5:10 am10:40 am4:10 pm9:40 pm
5:40 am11:10 am4:40 pm10:10 pm
6:10 am11:40 am5:10 pm10:40 pm
6:40 am12:10 pm5:40 pm11:10 pm
7:10 am12:40 pm6:10 pm11:40 pm

Times are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

These trips may not connect with Metro Rail inside of Union Station as the normal hours of operation are approximately 4:00am to Midnight every day and until 2:00am on Friday & Saturday nights.

Union Station To LAX – FlyAway Schedule

Below is the schedule for the FlyAway leaving Union Station bound for LAX;

Depart Union Station – Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Monday – Friday
12:00 am7:10 am12:00 pm6:00 pm
12:30 am7:30 am12:30 pm6:30 pm
1:00 am7:50 am1:00 pm7:00 pm
2:00 am8:10 am1:30 pm7:30 pm
3:00 am8:30 am2:00 pm8:00 pm
4:00 am8:50 am2:30 pm8:30 pm
5:00 am9:10 am3:00 pm9:00 pm
5:30 am9:30 am3:30 pm9:30 pm
5:50 am10:00 am4:00 pm10:00 pm
6:10 am10:30 am4:30 pm10:30 pm
6:30 am11:00 am5:00 pm11:00 pm
6:50 am11:30 am5:30 pm11:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday
12:00 am7:30 am1:00 pm6:30 pm
12:30 am8:00 am1:30 pm7:00 pm
1:00 am8:30 am2:00 pm7:30 pm
2:00 am9:00 am2:30 pm8:00 pm
3:00 am9:30 am3:00 pm8:30 pm
4:00 am10:00 am3:30 pm9:00 pm
5:00 am10:30 am4:00 pm9:30 pm
5:30 am11:00 am4:30 pm10:00 pm
6:00 am11:30 am5:00 pm10:30 pm
6:30 am12:00 pm5:30 pm11:00 pm
7:00 am12:30 pm6:00 pm11:30 pm

Times are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

How Long Does The FlyAway Bus From LAX To Union Station Take?

The journey between LAX and Union Station takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour depending on the traffic.

You will typically find that the traffic is worst on this route between 7:00am – 10:00am and 4:00pm and 7:00pm with commuters travelling to / from work. As such if you are flying out of LAX early morning or late evening I suggest allowing extra time to get to the airport.

You can watch the FlyAway bus in real-time to check for any cancellations or delays on the Ride LAX Fly website.

The Cost Of A FlyAway Bus Journey From LAX To Union Station

The cost of a one-way journey for one person between LAX and Union Station on the FlyAway Bus is $9.75. Children under the age of 5 are free (maximum of two free children for each paying adult)

Long Beach$9.00
Orange Line$9.75
Union Station$9.75
Van Nuys$9.75
Employee Monthly Pass$120
Two Children Age 5 and under with each paying adultFree

Prices are correct as of May 2023.

How To Buy Tickets For The FlyAway Bus

There are three ways in which you can buy tickets for the FlyAway bus;

  1. Online using the FlyAway website
  2. Using the FlyAway mobile application (Available on the App Store & Google Play Store)
  3. In person at the FlyAway ticket kiosk at Union Station

Note that the FlyAway bus driver does not take payment. However, tickets are untimed and undated (but must be used within 30 days from the date of purchase).

As such you don’t have to worry about catching a certain bus at a certain time as the result of cancelled flights, delayed baggage etc.

Given that FlyAway bus tickets are not dated, you are unable to reserve a seat during the ticket purchasing process. Instead, seats on the FlyAway bus are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Depending on your route of travel you’ll be asked to show your FlyAway bus ticket at different times;

Union Station to LAX – As you board the bus at Union Station you’ll be asked to show your ticket.

LAX to Union Station – Simply board the bus and show your ticket at the end of your journey to reclaim your luggage from the hold. If you don’t have a ticket proceed to the ticket booth at Union Station to purchase a ticket before going back to the driver to show your ticket and claim your luggage.