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Transportation from LAX-Marriott Residence Inn, Long Beach

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Transportation from LAX-Marriott Residence Inn, Long Beach

Best and most economical transportation from LAX to Long Beach. We will be staying at the Residence Inn in Long Beach.

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1. Re: Transportation from LAX-Marriott Residence Inn, Long Beach

I would opt for a Shared Van, either Prime Time or SuperShuttle, both companies have dispatchers at LAX.

Once you get to the Residence Inn Long Beach, you will have access to the free Long Beach Passport Shuttle service to visit the area.

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2. Re: Transportation from LAX-Marriott Residence Inn, Long Beach

Well, often "best" and "most economical" are not the same thing.

I'm assuming that you mean the Residence Inn in downtown Long Beach on Queensway Drive.

Strictly speaking, the most economical way is to take the free shuttle bus from the LAX terminals to the Aviation blvd. station for the Green Line light rail train. Take the Green Line towards Norwalk, and exit at the Willowbrook / Rosa Parks station. There switch to the Blue Line light rail train headed south towards Long Beach. Exit at the Long Beach Transit Mall. From there take the free Passport shuttle bus towards the Queen Mary, and exit at the Hotel Maya station. You'll have a short walk from there to the Residence Inn. The Green and Blue lines are each $1.50 per person, per ride. Plus you'll need to buy each person a TAP card the first time you use the trains, for $1, but you can re-use the TAP card later on - the TAP card basically stores your train fares on it. So $4 total for the trip per person. However, this takes over an hour and involves 4 different conveyances. So while its the most economical, few would call it the "best" way.

For that, take a taxi, but expect the fare to be somewhere around $75. With one or two people, the shared van's that Darkbeer mentioned above will be cheaper, but they can circle the airport a few times to try and fill up with passengers, and may detour along the way to drop off other passengers before they drop you off. So the vans are a compromise between speed and cost.

If you mean the other Residence Inn in Long Beach, on Willow St., then you would take the Green and Blue lines as above but you would exit the Blue Line at the Willow Street station. There you would walk south to the corner of Long Beach Blvd. and Willow St., and from there take Metro Bus 104 east on Willow St. (for another $1.50) and exit at Willow St. and Lakewood Blvd., then walk back west on Willow St. a short distance to the Residence Inn.

Edited: 8:57 pm, January 03, 2014
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3. Re: Transportation from LAX-Marriott Residence Inn, Long Beach

Hi, Tom. Welcome to the Forum.

Rarely do "best" and "most economical" coincide. There are 2 residence inn in Long Beach. I'll assume that you're staying at the one in downtown on Queensway rather than the one on Willow. Please let us know otherwise.

The cheapest way to transfer is by public transit via three city buses in succession, followed by a 1/2 mile walk. The transfer would take over 2-1/2 hours and cost $3.35 per person. Cheap but definitely not best.

A chauffeured limo would be the best option costing about $150 (champagne, extra) and take about 45 minutes (more, with traffic).

A compromise in quality and price would be the 'shared vans' mentioned above by my esteemed colleague, Darkbeer. Prime Time, for example, charges $32 for two persons. They estimate the 'transfer time' at 1 hour, 20 minutes (which includes the time it takes to pick up and drop off other passengers).

But perhaps the best deal is something offered by supershuttle (other than their regular 'shared van' services. It's called:

Business Express Svc by ExecuCarExpress

This is a MINI-VAN -- the maximum number of passengers is 4 and most significantly, it's a PRIVATE service (no other passengers except yourselves). The cost is $58. Because there are no other passengers, the transfer is swift (45 minutes, more if there's traffic) but unlike a taxi, the fare does not increase if the rider takes longer.

Book it on the supershuttle.com website. Note: I would recommend you type in LONG BEACH rather than RESIDENCE INN when searching for a hotel on their website since there are dozens of RESIDENCE INNs to wade through if you enter the hotel's name versus only 20 or so hotels in LONG BEACH so that's the easier way to search.

Happy transferring!

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4. Re: Transportation from LAX-Marriott Residence Inn, Long Beach

Mach, it looks like you and I were thinking along similar lines.

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