Airport and Visas | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The 13th International Polychaete Conference will take place on 4-9 August 2019, on board the famous ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California.
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TRAVEL INFORMATION



Airports

Foreign participants should fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Domestic participants may consider additional neighboring airports: Long Beach Airport (LGB) or John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA)


Directions from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Queen Mary

Take 105 East to 405 South to 710 South. Take exit 1A for Queen Mary/South Harbor Scenic Drive. Turn left onto Harbor Plaza. Turn right onto Queens Highway. 1126 Queens Highway.
           
Distance from LAX: 22 miles (35 km)
Approximate Drive Time: 30 minutes

Google Map - LAX to Queen Mary
 



 


GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Ground transportation services from/to LAX, LGB or SNA airports are available through several options. For convenience and cost, we recommend you use one of the shuttle van services listed below.

 

Shuttle vans

From LAX to Long Beach will be about $__ USD per person (plus tip) for a shared-ride van. Travel times may vary depending on the number and destinations of other passengers. Shared-ride vans are located at the Lower/Arrivals Level.
Super Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
 

Car for hire

Travelers using Uber or Lyft from LAX need to meet their drivers at the round Ride Service signs located at the Upper/Departures Level.
Uber
Lyft
 


VISAS

We highly recommend all foreign participants to begin their United States visa application process as soon as possible, as this may be a lengthy process depending on your citizenship status. Please visit the U.S. Department of State for more details.
 
If you require a formal, personalized letter of invitation to facilitate your visa application, please contact kfitzhugh@nhm.org. Please include your full name and mailing address and we will email you a letter in PDF format.
 
Know your rights when you arrive at the United States border.
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Click here for additional information for non-US citizens.
 


TRAVEL TIPS

  • Electricity is 110 volts at 60 cycles.
  • Electrical plugs are usually type A or B.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings, including restaurants and bars.
  • Tipping (~15%) is a common practice in most restaurants, bars and other service establishments.
  • All measurements are in inches and feet, miles, gallons and pounds rather than metric units.
  • Sales tax in California varies depending on the city or county — ranging from 7.5 to 9.5%. 

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