Los Angeles International Airport - LAX

Los Angeles, United States (US)

Getting around the airport

Nine terminals with shuttle buses

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:

  • Terminal 1: Southwest Airlines flights. Renovations underway until 2018.
  • Terminal 2: Foreign airlines not in the international terminal, plus some domestic flights.
  • Terminal 3: American domestic flights.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal: Most international flights. Brand new terminal with high-end shopping and restaurants.
  • Terminal 4: American Airlines flights. Shuttle bus from Gate 44 to the remote American Eagle terminal. 
  • Terminal 5: Delta Air Lines flights.
  • Terminal 6: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and Great Lakes flights.
  • Terminal 7: United Airlines flights. Built to accommodate large aircraft.
  • Terminal 8: A variety of airlines.

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:

  • Underground tunnel between Terminals 4, 5 and 6
  • Above-ground walkways between Terminals 6 and 7
  • Additional shuttle bus between terminals 4 and 6 and the American Eagle remote terminal 
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Getting into Los Angeles

FlyAway bus service is best

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
The G shuttle bus leaves from every terminal, every 10-15 minutes, at the lower level of Arrivals 

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Find the right stop

Colour-coding system

Outside the terminal buildings, the airport uses a colour-coding system to help you find the right transport.

Taxis: yellow
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

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Connections after security

Underground walkways connect Terminals 4-8

Tunnels and walkways connect Terminals 4 through to 8 after security. 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.

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Iconic LA food options

Great local restaurants in Terminal 4

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.

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Power outlets

Charge devices in Terminals 1 and 8

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.

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In each terminal

You can relax while you wait for flight in plenty of airside locations:

Terminal 1

  • US Airways Club

Terminal 2

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge*: Mezzanine Level, above Gate 24. Cost: USD 25/50, free with membership. Hours: 06:00-22:30.
  • Air New Zealand Koru Club
  • Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club
  • Air France Club

Terminal 3

  • The Virgin America Loft*: Level 4, ring bell for access. Cost: USD 40. Hours: 06:00-23:30.

Terminal 4

  • American Airlines Admiral's Club: Two locations - Concourse, across from Gate 40 and across from gates 44C and 44D. Cost: USD 50, free with membership.
  • American Airlines Flagship Lounge

Terminal 5

  • Delta Sky Club: Mezzanine Level, between Gates 53 and 55. Cost: USD 50, free to members.

Terminal 6

  • Continental Airlines Presidents Club
  • Alaska Airlines Board Room*: Mezzanine Level, near Gate 64. Cost: USD 45, free to members. Hours: 05:00-00:00.

Terminal 7

  • United Airlines International First Class Lounge: Across from Gate 71A. Cost: USD 50, free to members. Hours: 04:30-22:30.
  • United Airlines Red Carpet Club: Mezzanine Level, between Gates 73 and 75. Cost: USD 50, free to members. Hours: 05:00-00:45 (closes at 23:00 on Sat and Sun).

Tom Bradley International Terminal

  • Star Alliance Lounge
  • SkyTeam Alliance Lounge
  • Oneworld Alliance Lounge
  • ElAl King David Lounge
  • reLAX Lounge
  • Koru Club: International Departures. Hours: 13:30-23:00.
  • KAL Lounge*: Level 5. Hours: 07:30-00:00
  • International Business Lounge: Level 5. Available to Qanta, British Airways and Cathay Pacific club members. Hours: 06:30-23:30. 

*Available to Priority Pass members.

Plus one landside lounge

  • United Services Organization (USO) Lounge: Arrivals Level, across the roadway between Terminals 1 and 2. The Bob Hope Hollywood USO for members of the military and their families. Showers available. Hours: 24 hours
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Terminals 4 and 5

Places to grab a shower are:

  • The American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 4, on the concourse level, across from Gate 40. Cost: USD 50, free for members.
  • Sky Club Lounge in Terminal 5 between Gate 53 and 55. Cost: USD 50, free for members. Ask reception for the key to the bright red new showers. Towels, soap, shampoo and conditioner are provided. 
  • The United Services Organization (USO) Lounge between Terminals 1 and 2, but this is only available to members of the military and their families.

Another option is to head to one of the many hotels in the airport area. 

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Shortcut to your Terminal from TBIT

Skip the loop

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.

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Long layover?

Visit Manhattan Beach

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.

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Get through security faster

Stick to the left in Terminal 3

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.

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Passenger pick-up

Outside the airport locations

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. 

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Airport dining

Best in the International Terminal

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.

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Farmers market

A unique piece of LA at Terminal 5

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.

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Shorter security lines

Use Terminal 6 when flying out of Terminal 7

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.

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Real Food Daily

Vegetarian and vegan dishes

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
Hours: 06:00-24:00

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Aviation museum

A pleasant distraction

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.

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Custom Hotel

A place to stay

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. 

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Great views

From the observation deck

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.

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Art exhibits

In all terminals

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

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Car rental

Lowest price guaranteed

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:

  • Advantage: (310) 846 0004
  • Alamo: (800) 462 5266
  • Avis: (310) 646 5600
  • Budget: (310) 642 4500
  • Dollar: (800) 800-4000
  • Enterprise 
  • Fox: (800) 225 4369 
  • Hertz: (800) 654 3131 
  • National Car Rental: (800) 462 5266
  • Payless: (310) 645 2100 
  • Thrifty: (310) 846 2301 

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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Dayuse.com, a hotel room for the day

up to 75% off the price of an overnight stay

Whether it’s a long layover, a flight delay, or just the will to enjoy the infrastructure of a beautiful hotel, Dayuse.com invites you to book a day stay at one of our hotels located in the immediate proximity of the airport.

How does it work:

1/ Review the hotels available around the airport & the services they offer (spa, swimming pool, fitness, restaurant, and so on)
2/ Check their time slot availabilities (arrival & departure time within one day)
3/ Book your hotel and receive your confirmation
4/ Pay only at the check in
5/ Cancel at no cost until last minute


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