Originally built as Angeles Mesa Drive Airport in 1928, Bob Hope Airport (BUR) had a dozen different names before 2003 (including Hollywood-Burbank Airport and Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport) - before, finally, it was named after the famous comedian. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, including Glendale and the San Fernando Valley, the airport is actually closer to famous attractions like Hollywood and Griffiths Park than Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is, and offers far shorter queues and generally less hassle than the gigantic Los Angeles International. As small and personal as the other is big and sprawling, Bob Hope Airport is a great alternative for avoiding the congestion at the giant LAX; and with direct rail connections to downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego, nothing could be more convenient. The only catch is that flights to Bob Hope Airport are only available from western US states and New York, and sometimes can be a little pricier than flights into Los Angeles International. If you have some time to kill at the airport, check out the Lockheed Stealth Aircraft exhibition in the departures terminal.
The airport is situated five miles (8km) from Burbank and 16 miles (26km) from Los Angeles.
Getting to the city
The Metrolink and the train station are linked to the main terminal by a free shuttle service. The airport is also on the MTA and Burbank Bus routes, which go to Burbank as well as downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. Taxis and shuttles are located on the ground transportation islands immediately in front of the airport terminal.
GMT -8 (GMT -7 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Tel: +1 818 840 8840.
Car hire companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Taxis available on the islands in front of the airport terminal include City Cab, United Taxi and Checker Cab.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are within walking distance of each other, in the same building.
Facilities include ATMs, wifi, a pet rest area, shops and an information desk. There is a restaurant and a variety of other food and beverage options, as well as a few retail shops.
There are several parking options available at the airport. The parking structures are well-marked and easy to locate. Short-term parking is $3 for 30 minutes, $5 for an hour, and $13 for two hours. Long-term parking in economy lots A, C and E is $3 for one hour and $5 for two hours; $10-$24 per day. Valet parking is available for $24 per day.
You can get flights to Bob Hope Airport on national carriers like Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United Express, US Airways and Horizon Air. Direct flights are available from Seattle, Portland, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix and New York City.
There is free wifi access available throughout the airport.
There are no currently no business lounges or meeting facilities at the airport.
Burbank Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.