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Burbank Layover

| September 10, 2015

Hollywood sign in CaliforniaStuck on a layover at Burbank, California’s Bob Hope Airport (BUR)? The airport is located roughly 2 miles from downtown Burbank and 8 miles from Hollywood, California, making many destinations accessible for those on long layovers or stopovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your layover, click here for useful tips.

This small airport on the outskirts of Los Angeles, is often used as an alternative for passengers and celebrities alike, who are attempting to avoid the hustle and bustle of LAX.  (For the full Layover Guide to Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, click here.) The Bob Hope Airport has only two terminals, and a handful of carriers, so for those stuck in the airport during your layover, you’ll find that options are more limited than a larger airport but there are still some passenger amenities to help bide your time.

The airport offer Wi-Fi Service for free throughout the terminals.  There are also food services, news and gift shops, as well as lost and found, shoe shine, parking and more. Check out the interactive airport facility map to find out where all the amenities are located.

If you’re planning on leaving the Burbank airport during your layover, there are many transportation options to the surrounding areas including rental cars, buses and trains, and shuttles and taxis.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do In Burbank:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Check out the Warner Bros. studio with the VIP Studio Tour where you can see the behind-the-scenes sets of your favorite shows, and take a look at Hollywood at work! The 2 hour and 25 minute tour is for those with long layovers, who have the day to spend viewing back lot street, sound stages, and more.

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

To see a taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in person, you need to book ahead 4-6 weeks, and can access all the forms here.  Seating is limited and all members of your party must be over the age of 16 to attend.

Downtown Burbank Restaurants & Shops

Looking for a bite to eat, or a mall to shop in during your layover? Check out all the shops and restaurants in Downtown Burbank, which includes 80 restaurants, 200 shops, and lots more.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do In Los Angeles:

California Beaches

If you’re looking for beaches, in Santa Monica, you can find a number of activities including walking along the beach, a pier with a ferris wheel and some games for kids, outdoor shopping on third street promenade, and various street performers. There are also tours along the beach including Segway LA.

CLICK HERE to read about where the stars shop in L.A.


If have quite a few hours to make it into the heart of Hollywood, there’s dozens of tours around the city and drive-bys of celebrity homes. Check out Mann’s Grauman Theater where you can put your hand and feet in the prints of famous celebrities. A short stroll down Hollywood Blvd. will show you the renown pink stars on the sidewalk and the shopping at Hollywood and Highland.

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If you’re stuck on a long layover and have plenty of time before your connecting flight, further north of Santa Monica is Malibu. Travel north along Pacific Cost Highway, which winds along the beach. You can pass Pepperdine University, and check out a beautiful beach, Point Dume, which is set next to impressive cliffs.

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