*Update: When this post was written, only Lyft could pick up at LAX airport. However, now Uber can too. The information is the same for both*

Lyft and Uber have long been able to drop off at LAX airport, but not pick up. Back in April, Mayor Garcetti announced that Lyft and Uber might be able to begin picking up passengers from LAX airport in the future. Well, that future is here — at least for Lyft.

LAX airport entrance via Robert Pratt
LAX airport entrance via Robert Pratt

Starting Wednesday December 23rd 2015 at 8:00 am, Lyft can finally pick you up from the airport. You can read more about the change in Jim’s post he wrote for Buzzfeed. But more importantly, here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to curbside of departures level. (From baggage claim use the escalators or elevators to go up one floor).
  2. Request a Lyft using the Lyft app just like you would for any other Lyft ride.
  3. Meet driver by the “Ride Service” signs, get in car, and go to directly to your final destination.

It’s incredibly easy, and way faster than the old work-around that required a shuttle off airport property before requesting a ride.


A couple things to note: Similar to a traditional taxi, LAX tacks on a $4 airport fee that’s added to your total fare cost. Using Lyft is still way cheaper than using a regular taxi, however, because their overall fare structure is cheaper.

You can save $5 off your first two airport Lyft rides by using this promo: FLY2015

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So far being able to pick up at LAX airport only applies to Lyft. Anyone wanting to use Uber for a pick up will continue to have to use our original work-around, or one of our additional tricks to getting off airport property first.

— Laura Rowley


Written by Laura Rowley

I am an artist, flight attendant, and travel blogger.


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