Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is probably a little bit too far to reach by any sort of ground transportation in a reasonable amount of time, but you still have a variety of flying options to choose from.

  • How: There are no direct flights between Albany and LAX, but connections are available through many different cities, including Denver, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, and more. (Not sure how to get to Albany? Check the Albany page for some ideas).

    Travel Time: ~7-10 hours from Albany to LAX

    Cost: ~$250-600, depending heavily on the flight you choose and when you book

    Environmental Impact: Flying across the country is never great, and, because of the energy needed for takeoff and landing, connecting only makes it worse.

  • How: Unlike Albany, Bradley Int'l Airport—located between Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT—offers nonstop flights to and from LAX. (Not sure how to get to Bradley? Check the Bradley page for some ideas). This is often the fastest option from Williamstown, especially if you have a good way to get there.

    Travel Time: ~6 hours between Bradley and LAX

    Cost: ~$350-650, depending heavily on the flight you choose and when you book

    Environmental Impact: As a general rule, nonstop flights are more eco-friendly than connecting flights because of the energy required for takeoff and landing. Just about any method of transportation across the country is going to have a sizable carbon footprint, but the combination of nonstop flights and a close airport makes this one the best.

  • How: Boston and New York are both a little farther away than Bradley, but both tend to offer cheaper nonstop flights to and from LAX. These can sometimes be cheaper, faster, and more green than connecting flights out of Albany.

    Travel Time: ~6:00-6:30

    Cost: ~$200-500, depending heavily on the flight you choose and when you book

    Environmental Impact: As a general rule, nonstop flights are more eco-friendly than connecting flights because of the energy required for takeoff and landing. Just about any method of transportation across the country is going to have a sizable carbon footprint, but this one is not the worst.


Want to know how to get around LA once you’re there? Traffic can be an absolute nightmare, but the city is so sprawled out that most people still drive. If you want to stay car- and traffic-free (and be more eco-friendly in the process), check out this guide.