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Drive from San Diego to LA Airport

sussex, uk
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Drive from San Diego to LA Airport

We need to check in at LA Airport at 2.30 pm on a Thursday in August. What time should we leave San Diego to get there in time to drop off car?

San Diego, CA
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1. Re: Drive from San Diego to LA Airport

Working it backwards, you will want to be at the airport by 12:30, so you want to be at the rental return by at least 12:00, and it can be anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to LAX depending on traffic. But, if you leave SD at 8AM, you would probably get stuck in commuter traffic, and it could take longer; but if you leave later, you might not get there in time. I'm sure someone else will have other opinions an suggestions, but you might consider driving up the day before and staying somewhere near LAX, rather than trying to time your trip on the day you leave.

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2. Re: Drive from San Diego to LA Airport

Sorry, you said check in at 2:30, not fly out. In that case, I would recommend you leave SD between 9 and 10 AM. (Sorry!)