London to Los Angeles flights are one of the most popular trans-Atlantic routes of the lot. There are now over 10 direct and oodles more indirect departures heading from the Big Smoke to the City of Angels each day. So, no matter if you want to swap the chichi boutiques of Chelsea for the star-studded walks of Hollywood Boulevard, or trade in the Thames for the rolling surf swells of Malibu Beach, you can rest assured there are countless travel options on the menu.
The cost of air connections between these great metropolises tends to vary considerably throughout the year. Those eager to book cheap flights to Los Angeles from London will want to avoid the Easter holidays and the high summer, when prices swell by up to 40% on the route. Festive sun on the sands of Orange County is also pricy, as the most expensive seats are on flights departing just after Christmas.
Long-haul London-Los Angeles flights depart from either Gatwick Airport (LGW) or Heathrow (LHR). Thankfully, these are also 2 of the capital's best-connected departure points. The first can be reached by rail from Victoria Station – expect journey times of 35 minutes and prices in the region of £20 – while Heathrow Airport is linked to Paddington Station by the Heathrow Express which takes 15 minutes and costs around £15 when booked in advance. Heathrow is also directly on the London Underground via the Piccadilly Line.
There's no question that both the most comfortable and best cheap flights from London to Los Angeles are direct. Despite covering the whole Atlantic Ocean and the width of the continental Untitled States in a trip that goes over 5,400 miles, you can still get away with a flight time of just 11 hours in the air. And there are oodles of carriers to choose from, with budget-fliers like Norwegian Air Shuttle and WOW Air competing with national names like Air New Zealand, Finnair, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic and – of course – British Airways.
Getting into Los Angeles after touchdown in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is really easy. Aim for Union Station in the heart of the city, from where the urban metro lines can take you anywhere between the Hollywood hills and the sands of Santa Monica. From the Aviation LAX station, ride the Green Line all the way to Norwalk, change for the Blue Line and go to the Metro Center Station. Then it's just a short ride on the Red Line to Union. Alternatively, you can go direct to Union Station on the FlyAway bus, which costs USD 8, and runs 24-hours a day.
From riding the rolling Pacific surf along hip and happening Venice Beach to treading in the footsteps of A-list celebs down Hollywood Boulevard, there's no shortage of bucket-list-busting things to do in Los Angeles. And, of course, this is the home of cinema, which means the Universal Studios tours promise a journey through the Silver Screen. And that's not even mentioning the Getty Centre, spice-scented Koreatown, Disneyland – the list goes on.
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