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For direct flights from London to Los Angeles in 2016 and 2017, compare and book on one of several low-cost airlines flying daily from Heathrow airport, including British Airways, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic, United, Air New Zealand, American Airlines and Delta. Alternatively, Norwegian has a Los Angeles flight once a week from Gatwick. Flight duration is around 11 hours.
Choice is rather more limited for direct cheap flights to Los Angeles from UK airports outside of London, with Manchester airport being the only contender. You can fly to Los Angeles in 2016 from Manchester twice a week, with Thomas Cook Airlines and Condor. Again, journey time is around 11 hours.
Depending on when you book, it’s possible to snap up great deals on cheap flights to Los Angeles from London or Manchester. There are, of course, numerous indirect flights from a range of UK airports. Including a stop – and adding on at least three hours to your total journey time – could save you money so it’s worth comparing prices for both direct and indirect flights to LAX.
You can also find bargain flight deals if you compare online package holidays that include flights to Los Angeles, hotels and transfers.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Los Angeles International airport is the second busiest airport in the United States and security has intensified in recent years. This means that clearing immigration and customs can be a drawn-out affair.
Following all Los Angeles flights, most foreign visitors will be digitally photographed and have their fingerprints scanned upon arrival, and UK nationals require an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) to enter the country. You must apply for an ESTA at least 72 hours before travel. It costs $14 and can be arranged online.
British passport holders can stay in the US for up to 90 days without a visa under the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). You’ll need an e-Passport to enter the US under this programme if your latest passport was issued after October 2006. Check the front cover for the e-Passport symbol.
The rules for entering the US are subject to change so double-check current visa and passport requirements before your holiday to keep Uncle Sam happy.
The airport in Los Angeles is a mega one comprised of nine terminals. The hub for most international flights is Tom Bradley International Terminal.
In the arrivals hall you’ll find cash machines (ATMs) and currency exchange booths to swap your dosh. From the lower terminal level, there are shuttle services, buses and taxis waiting to take you into the city.
You can find out more about airport transfers on our how to get around Los Angeles page.
If you simply cannot find a low-cost flight to Los Angeles, fly into another Californian airport or a different state altogether and take a long-distance Greyhound bus to the station in Downtown Los Angeles. Be warned, the bus station is in a dodgy area of Downtown, so if you’re arriving late at night, take a taxi straight to your hotel.
Trains from all over California chug into Union Station – you might recognise this famous building from many Hollywood blockbusters, including ‘Pearl Harbor’ and ‘Blade Runner’.
Car rental is another great option to reach the bright lights of LA.