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Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

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Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

We are going to be in California in Sept. with our 4 and 5 year old sons and are staying in Carlsbad at the end of our trip. We leave from LAX on Thurs. Oct. 4th at 1200 on a Westjet flight to Canada and will have a Hertz rental car to return. What time would we have to leave Carlsbad to make it to the airport in time for check-in or would we be better off driving to LAX the night before and staying at an LAX area hotel?

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1. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

I would leave about 6am

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2. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

OR go up the night before after about 6ish

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3. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like the night before and staying at LAX is the way to go esp with 2 little kids who are slow to get going in the morning. 6am is mighty early and would make for a long flight. What route would you suggest we take?

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4. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

Depends where you go that evening before.

If you decide to stay at an LAX property just take Hwy 5 north and then merge to Hwy 405 (known as the San Diego Freeway)and continue to LA. Follow the signs and exit at Century Blvd.

Since you have more time in the morning now maybe stay at a slightly nicer place in Manhattan Beach or Santa Monica and enjoy a final California breakfast before departure.

Check about shuttles to the airport before booking.

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5. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

Hope you had a wonderful time. So how was your drive to LAX. Did you drive to LaX the night before and what time did you leave Carlsbad.

Thanks

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6. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

We left the night before around 8pm after spending the day at the safari park. It was an easy drive and we were able to drop off the rental car and then take the airport shuttle the next morning. That is definitely the way to go.

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7. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

One benefit is that the majority of your trip will be in the Carpool lane, so a bit quicker ride.

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8. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

Hi Elli and Darkbeer

Thanks for your replies.

Can 2 people drive on the carpool lanes.

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9. Re: Driving from Carlsbad to LAX

Yes, the rule is 2 or more on the carpool lanes in Southern California.

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