About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport is one of the world’s busiest transport hubs. As one of the five major airports in Los Angeles, it is the primary airport serving the greater metropolitan area. Our guide to the airport includes information on terminal facilities, local transportation and nearby hotels.
The right-most drop-off lane on the Departures Level of Terminals 1 and 2 is closed to vehicles until March 2020, while it is used for a covered pedestrian walkway between Terminals 1 and 2.
The right-most pickup lane on the Lower/Arrivals level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal is closed between Columns B2 and B5 on the northern side of terminal. The right drop-off lane is also closed on the Upper/Departures Level, for use as a pedestrian walkway.
More updated information on airport maintenance work is available on the Los Angeles World Airports website (lawa.org).
Information booths are located on the lower level (Arrivals) of each terminal, near baggage reclaim – these also provide information about onward connections and flights and assistance for disabled passengers; the Tom Bradley International (TBI) Terminal has an additional information counter in the Departures lounge.
Los Angeles International Airport has a recorded LAX Infoline (tel: +1 855 463 5252) and a 24-hour LAX Construction Hotline (tel: +1 310 649-LAWA 5292).
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 Downtown Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 west towards Interstate 405, then head south along Interstate 405. Take exit 46, turn left onto La Cienega Boulevard, then right onto Century Boulevard. Take exit 46 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 shuttle service (A route) between terminals is available for passengers. The A route operates 24/7 at 10-minute intervals. To use the shuttle service, board the LAX Shuttle under the LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections sign on the Arrivals level islands in front of each terminal.
There is a bus connecting terminals 2 and 3 for passengers to use after passing security.
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Los Angeles International Airport is located roughly 32km (20 miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles and around 53km (33 miles) from Disneyland.
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Public transport road:
Bus: Public bus services are run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, information on transit routes and schedules are provided on the metro website (tel: +1 323 466 3876; www.metro.net)
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; www.flylax.com) serves various destinations, including Hollywood, Long Beach, Union Station and Van Nuys Station. The journey time to central Los Angeles is 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic.
Taxi: Taxis stop at LAX-it* by 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. Ridesharing companies also service Los Angeles International Airport.
*Note: LAX-it (pronounced LA Exit), which opened on 29 October 2019, is an off-site terminal where you can meet your Uber, Opoli, taxi or Lyft ride. You can take the LAX-it shuttle from outside baggage claim to the LAX-it lot or walk.
Public transport rail:
Metro: A free shuttle bus (bus G) connects Los Angeles International Airport to the Aviation Station on the Metro Green Line (tel: +1 323 466 3876; www.metro.net). Journey time into the city is around 40 minutes.
ATMs are located in both the Departure and Arrival levels in all terminals at LAX.
ICE Currency Exchange booths can be found on the departure level post-security in Terminals 2-7 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. They are also found on the arrivals level in Terminals 2-6 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. All ICE Currency Exchange booths sell international and domestic Sim Cards.
There are no postal services in any of the terminals at LAX.
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. The Tom Bradley International Terminal boasts a central ‘Great Hall’ with various dining options.
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, 3 and 7 as well as in the Tom Bradley International 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 LAX Luggage Storage (tel: +1 310 670 4186) for luggage storage services. 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 at security posts. There are nursing stations in Terminals 1-8 and the TBI Terminal. Animal Relief Stations are located in all terminals, before and after security check points.
Conference and business:
Business 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 many other airlines have similar facilities in each terminal.
General conference facilities are available at various nearby hotels, including the Sheraton Gateway (tel: +1 310 642 1111; www.marriott.com) and the Hilton Los Angeles Airport (tel: +1 310 410 4000; www3.hilton.com).
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available for 45-minute sessions throughout all public areas of Los Angeles International Airport. In addition to free access, passengers may opt for a premium internet service, which grants quicker connection speeds and 24 consecutive hours for up to four devices.
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. Disabled passengers can be dropped off at accessible drop-off points on the departures level of each terminal. Look out for blue signs with the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA).
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. Parking is available for extended stays and overnight trips. Metered parking is available in the Central Terminal Area and in the uncovered car parks on the Arrivals levels.
Economy Parking Lot E is located near Los Angeles International Airport and has 2,690 parking spaces. There is a convenient shuttle service that operates every 15 minutes between Economy Parking Lot E and the LAX Central Terminal Area.
Electric vehicles can be charged on the first levels of Parking Structures 1, 6 and 7 in the Arrivals level of the Central Terminal Area.
Full parking information including prices is available on the airport website (www.flylax.com).
Some 14 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.