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Howard Hughes Promenade Shopping Mall. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Howard Hughes Promenade

15-30 Minutes Commute

Howard Hughes Promenade - Closest to LAX. It is an outdoor mall. Fairly small compared to most malls, however there is a Nordstrom Rack outlet store that has great deals on name brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Nine West, Vera Wang, Lucky Brand, Ugg, Coach and literally hundreds more top names. This is where Nordstrom sends their clothes for clearance. This mall has a very nice movie theater, and plenty of restaurants and food outlets.
Getting there:
Take Lot C Shuttle to Culver City Bus #6 to Center Drive, then walk to the mall.
From LAX, a bus ride takes 15-30 minutes each way (including transfers).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Howard Hughes

Westfield Culver City - Next closest to LAX. It's in the same direction from LAX as Howard Hughes Center, so you could visit both without venturing very far from LAX. Formerly known as Fox Hills Mall, this shopping center was renovated in 2009 and then renamed Westfield Culver City. The mall features anchor stores Macy's and JC Penney, as well as a Target department store and a Best Buy electronics store. There are also familiar mall boutique shops such as H&M, XXI Forever, Coach, G by Guess, and Express.
Getting there:
Take Lot C Shuttle to Culver City Bus #6 to Culver City Transit Center, then walk to the mall.
From LAX, a bus ride takes 15-30 minutes each way (including transfers).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Fox Hills Mall


30-60 Minutes Commute

South Bay Galleria - It is an indoor mall with department stores, restaurants and a food court. It's near Del Amo Fashion Center, so you could conceivably go to both. If you have a choice of only one, Del Amo Fashion Center is a better choice.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 30-45 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Lot G Shuttle to Metro Green Line train to Hawthorne Station, then Metro Local Line 40 to the mall (other routes exist, see Metro.net).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: South Bay Galleria
If you are continuing to Del Amo, use:
From: South Bay Galleria
To: Del Amo Fashion

Del Amo Fashion Center - (great choice!) An indoor and outdoor mall with department stores, restaurants and a food court. There is a movie theater and a bowling alley. This mall is a great choice because it's within reasonable travel distance from LAX, and offers a wide variety of stores and entertainment. This is one of the largest malls in the US, so you can probably spend your entire layover here. You will pass South Bay Galleria on the way to Del Amo Fashion Center, so if you have some extra time, you could stop there as well. If you like BBQ food, try Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, which is located in the mall parking lot near Hawthorne Blvd (reservations are suggested).
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 30-60 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Lot C Shuttle to Metro Local Line 232 to Hawthorne Blvd / Pacific Coast Hwy, and then Metro Limited Line 344 to the mall (other routes exist, see Metro.net).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Del Amo Fashion
SIDE TRIP:
Del Amo Mall to Redondo Beach Pier:
From LAX, a bus ride takes less than 15 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Torrance #3 from Carson Street at Del Amo Center, to the end of the bus route at Redondo Beach Pier.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: Del Amo Fashion
To: Redondo Beach Pier

Santa Monica Place / Third Street Promenade - (great choice!) Santa Monica is a pleasant coastal community offering outstanding shopping selections, plus entertainment at the Pier, sidewalk performers and countless venues. For the combination of shopping and entertainment, this is the best choice. Santa Monica Place is an indoor mall with department stores and a food court. Third Street Promenade is an outdoor street shopping zone with stores, restaurants, a food court, street performers. Nearby attractions are Santa Monica Pier (walking distance) as well as Venice Beach and Montana Avenue (both require an additional bus ride).
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 30-60 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Lot C Shuttle to Santa Monica Rapid #3 (other routes exist, see Metro.net).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Santa Monica Place

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills - World-famous shopping district in Beverly Hills. Westfield's Century City Mall is about five minutes away, so you might be able to visit both. Rodeo Drive is popular with tourists, but if you are looking for sights of famous people, you will have better luck looking in shops along Robertson Blvd (see above).
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 30-60 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Westwood to Wilshire Blvd / Wilshire Blvd / Gayley Av; walk to Wilshire Blvd / Westwood Blvd then take Metro Rapid Line 720 to Wilshire Blvd / Santa Monica.
To get the Century City Mall from here, take Metro Local Line 16 from Santa Monica Blvd / Canon Drive to the mall bus stop on Constellation Blvd.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Via Rodeo Dr/Santa Monica

Jewelry District, Downtown LA - you will find a large concentration of jewelry outlets along Hill Street between 6th and 7th Streets. Some are large plazas containing hundreds of stores inside. The District extends east to Broadway and west to Olive Street, and south to 8th Street.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 30-60 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Union Station, then Metro Rail Red Line train to the Pershing Square Metro Station. walk to Hill Street and then cross 6th Street. You will find quite a few stores along Hill Street between 6th and 7th Streets.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Pershing Square

Clock Tower at the Original Farmers Market. [Photo Credit: LAtourist.com] Original Farmers Market

60-90 Minutes Commute

Farmers Market / Grove Shopping District - The Original Farmers Market has fresh fruit, produce, seafood, ice cream, wines, cheeses, gourmet foods, as well as gift shops. The Grove is an outdoor shopping district featuring high-end stores and restaurants, a theater, live performances. This is a nice place to wander around and take in the sights, or go on a shopping spree.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 60-90 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Westwood to Wilshire Blvd / Westwood Blvd, then Metro Rapid Line 720 to Wilshire Blvd / Fairfax Ave. From there, walk across Wilshire Boulevard to the bus stop on Fairfax Avenue going north. There are numerous buses which stop there and proceed a few blocks north on Fairfax to 3rd Street, where you will easily see Farmers Market. Many other routes exist, so see Metro.net for more.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Farmers Market

Universal Studios CityWalk - (great choice!) an entertainment district located between the parking areas and the Universal Studios theme park, where guests can enjoy a variety of restaurants and shopping opportunities and even take in a movie or two. You'll find a number of popular eating establishments here, such as The Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Buca de Beppo, Tony Roma's Ribs, and the Wolfgang Puck Cafe. You'll even find brand-name stores like Skechers, Quiksilver, Hot Topic, Guess, Fossil, Billabong, and Abercrombie and Fitch. Entertainment abounds here, from cinemas and nightclubs to fun street entertainers who always seem to draw a crowd.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 60-90 minutes each way (including transfers). Tram from Universal City Station to CityWalk takes an additional 10-15 minutes.
Take Flyaway Union Station, then Metro Rail Red Line train to the Universal City Station. There is a free tram that runs from the station to the top of the hill where you will find Universal Studios and Citywalk.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Universal Station

Westside Pavilion - Located in West Los Angeles, this three-story mall features 150 stores, two department stores and a movie theater. It may not be as upscale as Century City or have as many designer stores as the Beverly Center, but its selection of reasonably priced shops makes it a destination for locals and tourists who want to buy something within their budget, rather than max out their credit cards.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 60-90 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Westwood to Wilshire Blvd / Westwood Blvd, then either Santa Monica #8 -or- Santa Monica #12 to Westwood Blvd / Pico Ave.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Westside Pavilion


90-120 Minutes Commute

Westfield Century City - Upscale outdoor mall with department stores, top restaurants and a food court. This mall is really nice. Via Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is a short distance east of here.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 90-120 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Union Station to Patsaouras Plaza (Union Station), then Metro Rapid Line 728 to the mall (on Constellation Blvd just past Avenue of the Stars).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Century City Ctr

Melrose Avenue - An eclectic shopping district near Hollywood. There is a concentration of shops and restaurants between Fairfax Avenue and la Brea Boulevard. Pink's famous hot dog stand is on La Brea Blvd very close to the intersection at Fairfax Avenue. The bus route listed below takes you through the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, which is the location of Museum Row on Miracle Mile. As you travel north on Fairfax Avenue, you will see Farmers Market and CBS Studios from the right side of the bus.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 90-120 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Westwood to Wilshire Blvd / Westwood Blvd, then Metro Rapid Line 720 to Wilshire Blvd / Fairfax Ave. Then take Metro Rapid Line 728 north on Fairfax to Melrose Avenue. (Other routes exist. See Metro.net for details.)
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From:
To: Melrose Ave / Fairfax

Robertson Boulevard Shopping District - This is where the stars shop. Features upper end boutiques and designer clothing stores such as Agnes B, Curve, Lisa Kline, and Kitson. There are shops along most of Robertson Blvd, however the shopping district is considered to be the area near Beverly Blvd. This is in the general area of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Center and Century City mall.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 90-120 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Westwood to Wilshire Blvd / Westwood Blvd, then Metro Rapid Line 720 to Wilshire Blvd / Beverly Drive. From there, take Metro Local Line 14 to Beverly Drive and Robertson Blvd (other routes exist, see Metro.net).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Robertson/Beverly

Beverly Center - Upscale outdoor mall with department stores, top restaurants and a food court. This mall is really nice. It's located near the Restaurant Row area of Beverly Hills that features upscale restaurants, such as the Stinking Rose.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 90-120 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Westwood to Wilshire Blvd / Westwood Blvd, then Metro Rapid Line 720 to Wilshire Blvd / La Cienega Blvd. From there, take Metro Rapid 705 to Beverly Blvd / La Cienega Blvd (many other routes exist, see Metro.net).
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Beverly Center

Citadel Factory Outlets - The only collection of factory outlet stores that are located within the city of Los Angeles. The Citadel is a little south of downtown LA. There is a great collection of brand name stores, plus places to eat or grab a snack.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 90-120 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Flyaway Union Station to downtown LA, then Metro Rail Red Line to 7th Street Metro Center, then walk to 6th Street and Flower Street. From there, take Metro Local Line 62 to the Citadel. Other routes exist, so see Metro.net for more.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Citadel Park and Ride

120-180 Minutes Commute

Downtown Disney - if you want to feel the atmosphere of Disneyland without spending the whole day there, and have at least six hours on your layover, try Downtown Disney. It is a shopping district directly outside of the main gate of Disneyland. Admission is free.
Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 120-180 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take Lot G Shuttle to Metro Rail Green Line train to Norwalk Station, then Metro Express Line 460 to Disneyland. Downtown Disney is near the Main Gate.
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Trip Planner:
From: LAX
To: Disneyland


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