About Los Angeles International Airport (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.
Work is underway for a new building that will link Terminals 1 & 2. Contact your airline to check if your flight may be affected. Terminal 8 is also under renovation that will an expanded ticket lobby, improved security screening checkpoints and more charging stations.
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; the Tom Bradley Terminal (TB) has an additional information counter in the Departures lounge. Los Angeles International Airport has a 24-hour recorded information line (tel: +1 310 463 5252).
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 varies widely, but may be up to one hour.
Transfer between terminals:
A free shuttle bus, marked C-96th St, serves each terminal and the perimeter car park C. Another operates 24/7 between the various terminals (look for blue sign LAX-Airline Shuttle Connection), while a third service, marked G-Green Line, transports qualifying passengers to the nearby Metro rail station.
Los Angeles International Airport is located 32km (20 miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles.
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Public transport road:
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.
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).
TThe FlyAway Bus (tel: +1 866 435 9529) serves various destinations, including Hollywood, Long Beach, Victory Boulevard, 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.
Public transport rail:
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) journey time into the city is around 40 minutes.
ATMs, banks and bureaux de change are available in terminals 2-7 and Tom Bradley International (TBI), tel: +1 310 646 0553.
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).
There is a first aid station in the TBI Terminal, tel: +1 310 215 6000. AED units (defibrillators) are situated throughout Los Angeles International Airport. Animal Relief Stations are located in all terminals, before and after security check points.
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, and all public telephones in the airport have sound volume controls for those with hearing impairments.
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 free 24/7 ‘cell phone waiting lot’ next to car park C for motorists collecting arriving passengers. Full parking information including prices is available on the airport website.
Some 17 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.