Los Angeles, US
Los Angeles Airport lies 26km south-west of downtown LA. It's a large, sprawling airport with nine terminals, arranged in a U-shape in this order:
Travelling between terminals
A free shuttle bus connects all the terminals before you check in. However, because it's before security when travelling between Terminals 1, 2 and 3, you have to leave the secure area to get to the shuttle bus and clear security again to get back into a terminal – which can add time to your journey.
After security, you can travel easily between Terminals 4 and 8, using:
The airport bus service is a cheap and easy way to get from central LAX to LA, and is the best option if you don't have too much luggage and are travelling in a small group. While plans are underway for an airport Metro rail station, you'll have to wait until at least 2024 for its completion.
FlyAway buses go regularly to Union Station, Van Nuys, Westwood, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Journey time is around 30 minutes.
Cost: USD 9 to Union Station, USD 10 to West Hollywood
Buying tickets: At Metrolink vending machines, online or on the bus (credit card only)
Location: Bus stops outside the terminal buildings, follow the green signs
For more convenience - and money - a cab is always an option. Journey time is around 30 minutes.
Cost: USD 46.50 flat fare to downtown (plus USD 4 airport fee and 15-20% tip)
Location: Arrivals, Lower level, under yellow TAXI signs
Shuttle plus Metro
Another option if you need to connect to LA's Metro system, is to take the free shuttle bus 'G' to the Aviation/LAX station on the Metro's Green Line.
Cost: USD 1.75 one-way
Location: The G shuttle bus leaves from every terminal, every 10-15 minutes, at the lower level of Arrivals
This is a great place to spend some of your wait. The selection isn't huge but it's good, especially the wine. It offers light bites like salmon rolls and prosciutto and melted brie with fig to go with your glass of wine. Yes, it's airport prices, but it's worth it if you feel like treating yourself. The service is very good, too. Bar seating as well as bistro style seating. Power plugs available along the bar.
Be sure to download their app and show it to your server, because you'll also get a pour/glass for USD2
Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal, after security, Level 4, great hall, near Gate 148
Outside the terminal buildings, the airport uses a colour-coding system to help you find the right transport.
Hotel and parking lot shuttles: red
Shared-ride vans: orange
FlyAway, buses and long-distance vans: green
LAX shuttle buses: blue
Rental car shuttles: purple
Airside tunnels and walkways connect Terminals 4 through to 8. To connect to from Terminal 4 to Terminals 5 or 6, head to Gate 44 and go down the escalator. Take the second escalator to the left. At the bottom of the second escalator, make a U-turn to your right and follow that tunnel to the other terminals. Don’t follow the signs for Baggage Claim.
It should take approximately 15 minutes to Terminal 6.
Terminal 4 is home to a number of LA’s favourite restaurants. HomeBoy Café and Bakery offers a great breakfast and fast moving lines; Real Food Daily serves up healthy vegan fare; Kogi BBQ is a true taste of LA with a Korean-Mexican fusion food truck stall.
In-N-Out is one of the most famous burger joints in the US. It's a family business, founded in 1948, which can only be found on the west coast, and is known for its simple and minimalistic approach to both its menu and marketing efforts.
There's actually no In-N-Out at the airport, but there's one just a 15-minute walk away. Many people deliberately plan longer layovers to go and grab a burger and a milkshake here.
Location: 9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Directions: Leave the terminals on the ground floor and head north on Sepulveda Blvd. passing the Shuttle parking lot. Keep going until In-N-Out appears on the left hand side, next to the highway exit.
Hours: 10:30–01:00 (Mon-Thu, Sun), 10:30–01:30 (Fri-Sat)
Be Relax, located in Terminal 1, Gate 12, offers a unique experience of deep relaxation massages from 10 to 60 min, available all day, without requiring appointments or getting undressed (except for a table massage, only in Terminal B Connector). Enjoy a chair massage, reflexology, manicures, pedicures, facials and much more.
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Terminal 1: There is a charging station available at Gate 9. If they are all occupied, the leather seats at Gates 7 and 13 have outlets behind them.
If the Terminal 8 charging station is busy, head to Gate 86. Both of the outlets here work and there are seats available.
Enjoy a frozen yoghurt with fresh fruit for a quick treat before a flight. Travellers consistently rate Pinkberry as being delicious and great value.
Places to grab a shower are:
Another option is to head to one of the many hotels in the airport area.
You can relax while you wait for flight in plenty of airside locations:
Tom Bradley International Terminal
*Available to Priority Pass members.
Plus one landside lounge
The World Way loop around the airport is prone to traffic, so from the Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal (TBIT) take the Upper Level route instead. After a sharp left past Terminal 2, make a quick right at the sign 'To Arrivals'. You’ll end up across from the TBIT. A left turn will take you to Terminals 5-7.
At the top of the stairs for security, always choose the left lane. This lane has three X-Ray machines and moves faster. The right side only has one machine and is designated for families.
It has to be said that all the best restaurants are in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Luckily, your same-day boarding pass allows you to go into any terminal, whatever airline you're flying. So if you like a restaurant in one of the other terminals, go ahead and check it out.
Just five miles from Los Angeles International Airport is one of the best beach communities in all of America: Manhattan Beach.
The easiest way to get to Manhattan Beach from LAX is to take a taxi. Tell the driver you want to go to Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Highland Avenue (the heart of downtown). It should cost no more than USD 27 including tip, and less on the return since there's no USD 4 airport surcharge
Once in Manhattan Beach, the best thing to do is either relax or stroll around the strand and the pier (there’s an aquarium at the end). We highly recommend renting a bike and cruising the bike path. You can go all the way south to Torrance or north to Santa Monica.
If you're getting picked up from the airport, your driver can wait in the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot, located at the intersection of 96th St. & Vicksburg Av, next to the entrance of Economy Lot C.
All the best restaurants are in the international terminal. If you’re flying from here, head to ink.sack for delicious artisanal sandwiches by chef Michael Voltaggio.
Tom Bradley International Terminal, after security, Level 4, near Gate 148
The Original Farmers Market at LAX is small-scale version of the city’s famous market at Fairfax and Third. It is located in the food court between Concourse A and B. Designed to look just like the original, you’ll find a broad selection of meals, fresh flowers, and local produce. Airport staples are also available – crisps, wraps, sandwiches, and soft drinks.
If you’re flying United, skip the long lines at Terminal 7 by going through Terminal 6 where the lines are shorter. The two terminals are connected by an underground walkway after security.
Real Food Daily is an LA-based restaurant which offers an organic and plant-based cuisine. Heaven for vegetarians and vegans.
Terminal 4, after security
The boutique Custom Hotel in Westchester is 2 miles away from the airport and one mile away from the Pacific. It features a bistro-style restaurant, poolside bar, 24-hour business centre and complimentary WiFi. Rooms start at USD 189.00 per night.
Located in the LAX Imperial Terminal, the Flight Path museum is worth a visit. It features scale models of various aircraft, photos of aviation history, Howard Hughes memorabilia, and a model of his famous Spruce Goose. The museum is also home to the William A. Schoneberger Research Library, which has an extensive collection of aviation and aerospace books.
The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Free parking is available.
To do some plane-watching or simply admire the surrounding landscape, head to the observation deck in the middle of the Central Terminal. It's open from 08:00 - 17:00.
If you're looking for some entertainment in the airport, you'll find art and photography exhibits in the following locations:
Terminal 1 in Departures
Terminal 2 in Ticketing & Departures
Terminals 3 in Arrivals
Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) in the Customs Hallway
There are around 40 car rental companies operating from the airport, located in the 'Lot C' car park outside the terminals. The bigger agencies can take you to their rental sites on a free shuttle bus - call them to arrange pick-up on the courtesy phones in or near the baggage claim areas on the Arrivals level of all terminals. They will pick you up or drop you off under the purple 'Rental Car Shuttles; sign:
If you rent with another company, you can use the free LAX Shuttle Airline Connection Bus 'Lot C' to get to the car rental area.
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