How easy is generally to hail a cab in LA ? I will be staying in Manhattan Beach and im a non driver
You'll need to call a cab to arrange for pick up.
Can you give me the number of a reliable firm ?
Are you sure you want to stay in Manhattan Beach? It's like staying on the "far side" of Heathrow but with no rail or tube access to London. Taxi fares into L.A. will be a minimum of $50 each way. (That's $100 per day on taxis!) and the ride will take 30 minutes (midday) or 45 minutes (to an hour) in the morning (6:00-9:00) or the afternoon (3:00-7:00). During high-traffic periods, the taxi fare will increase since the taxi meters calculate fare based on distance plus time.
Taxis do not ordinarily roam the streets of Los Angeles looking for fares (except in the evenings in the entettainment areas). Most taxis are dispatched by calling for one. You can also find a taxi at major hotels (they queue up in front).
If you are staying in a hotel in MB, then your hotel will arrange for a taxi to L.A. for you.
here's a link to taxi info in L.A.:
Click on "Areas Served" and "Phone Numbers" to select a taxi company. Manhattan Beach is south of Area B on the map -- just south of the city of El Segundo. Most of the "Area B" taxi companies service this area. Yellow Cab and United Independent are the most popular.
Agree with HopSkip. Where are you planning to go? Manhattan Beach is a 45 minute drive to some sites in LA. It's not a convenient place to stay without a car if you're planning to see major parts of LA. Cabs will cost you over $50 one-way to anywhere else besides Santa Monica/Venice, which would still be $30.
For your overnight at LAX, Manhattan Beach is a fine place to spend time.
There is a Taxi Stand in the downtown area, on Morningside Drive, between 12th and 13th Street, off Manhattan Beach Blvd. or behind the Shade Hotel (ocean side).
If you go to any restaurant, they will be happy to call a cab for you, or here it the number I use for South Bay Taxi:
1 310 924-9294
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