Los Angeles International Airport Guide (LAX)
One of five major airports in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, Los Angeles International Airport is one of the world’s busiest air transport hubs. Our guide to the airport includes information on terminal facilities, local transportation and nearby hotels.
On-going renovation work is taking place at the airport, primarily in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Check the airport’s official website to see if this work affects your journey.
Travelers Aid booths are located on the lower level (Arrivals) of each terminal, near baggage reclaim – these also provide information and assistance for disabled passengers. Los Angeles International Airport has a 24-hour recorded information line (tel: +1 310 646 5252).
A free shuttle bus serves each terminal and the perimeter car park C. Another operates 24/7 between the various terminals, while a third service transports qualifying passengers to the nearby Metro rail station.
Los Angeles International Airport is located just off the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), near the intersection of Interstates 405 and 105 (Highway 1 is also named Lincoln Boulevard just north of the airport and Sepulveda Boulevard just south of the airport). From Los Angeles, take Interstate 405 South, turn off onto Interstate 105 West and follow signs to the airport. Traffic is heavy at peak times and the airport recommends using public transport. The journey time from central LA is approximately 30 minutes.
Metro:A free shuttle bus (bus G) connects Los Angeles International Airport to the Aviation Station on the Green Line of the Metro light rail network (tel: +1 323 466 3876; www.metro.net). A single fare on the Metro network starts at US$1.50, and journey time into the city is around 40 minutes.
Bus:Public bus services are run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (tel: +1 323 466 3876;www.metro.net). Buses run from car park C, which is connected to the terminals by a free shuttle bus. A single fare on the bus network starts at US$1.75, with additional charges of up to $1.40 on freeway services.
Shuttle:Various airport shuttle bus and mini-van services run to destinations all over southern California, including SuperShuttle (tel: +1 800 258 3826; www.supershuttle.com) and Prime Time Shuttle (tel: +1 800 733 8267; www.primetimeshuttle.com).
The FlyAway Bus (tel: +1 866 435 9529) serves Union Station, Westwood Station and Van Nuys Station. The journey time to central Los Angeles is 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic.
Taxi:Taxis stop outside the terminals on the lower (Arrivals) levels. Authorised taxis serve Los Angeles International Airport and display fixed-fare tariffs to local destinations. A list of providers is available on the airport’s website. Expect to pay upwards of $40 for the trip into central Los Angeles, $75 to Disneyland and $35 to Hollywood.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Los Angeles International Airport, in addition to a paid-for premium internet service, which grants quicker connection speeds. In addition, public telephones with internet data port access are positioned at various points within each terminal. Mobile phone hire services can be found in Arrivals at the TBI Terminal, while free electrical recharging stations for mobile phones and laptops are available throughout the airport.
There are numerous bars, cafés and restaurants at Los Angeles International Airport. These range from standard US and Mexican-style fast-food vendors to grill restaurants and sports bars.
There are many shops at Los Angeles International Airport, including newsagents, gift shops and bookshops. Duty-free shopping, for international passengers, can be found in Terminals 2 to 7 and in the TBI Terminal.
Luggage trolleys are available to use in the baggage reclaim areas and outside the terminals. There are currently no electronic baggage lockers at Los Angeles International Airport; passengers are advised to contact their airline to arrange baggage storage. Lost property is handed to the LAX Airport Police (tel: +1 424 646 5678).
Notary services are available at the ICE Currency Exchange booth on the departures level of the TBI Terminal. Fax and photocopying are provided by an additional ICE Currency Exchange booth on the arrivals level of the same terminal.
There is a boardroom in Terminal 6, provided by Alaska Airlines and two US Airways conference rooms in Terminal 1.
General conference facilities are available at various nearby hotels, including the Sheraton Gateway (tel: +1 310 642 1111; www.sheratonlax.com) and the Hilton Los Angeles Airport (tel: +1 310 410 4000; www3.hilton.com).
Facilities for the disabled include ramps and lifts, adapted toilets and wheelchair-accessible restaurants in all terminals. Each airport car park has plenty of disabled spaces and lift-equipped shuttle buses run between car parks B and C and the terminals.
Wheelchairs can be requested from individual airlines; disabled passengers are advised to inform their airline of their requirements in advance. A TDD line (tel: +1 310 665 0370) provides information for the hearing-impaired.
There are about 8,000 parking spaces available in eight centrally located car parks, providing both short and long-term parking. Metered parking is available in the central terminal area and in the uncovered car parks on the arrivals levels.
The two perimeter car parks (B and C) offer cheaper daily rates; the free shuttle runs between car park C and the terminals. There is a ‘cell phone waiting lot’ next to car park C for those collecting arriving passengers. Full parking information including prices is available on the airport website.
About 40 car hire companies serve Los Angeles International Airport, with offices located off-site. The majority of these operators can be contacted via courtesy telephone in the arrivals areas of all terminals.
Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, Payless, National and Thrifty run free shuttle bus pick-up/drop-off services from the terminals.
There are many hotels located on-site and in the near vicinity of Los Angeles International Airport. Hotel reservation boards are located on the arrivals level in each terminal; these are equipped with courtesy telephones for reservations. A hotel reservations office is located in the baggage reclaim areas of all terminals.