Los Angeles International Airport Overview

Encounter Restaurant at LAX | photo courtesy of Bobby Gibbons Flickr

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the sixth busiest passenger airport in the world, with more than 55 million people passing through every year. Approximately 80 passenger carriers (including all major airlines) serve LAX.

The Los Angeles Inernational Airport has nine passenger terminals connected by a U-shaped, two-level roadway. Domestic flights arrive and depart from Terminals 1-8 All international flights arrive and depart from the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Curbside baggage check-in is available on the upper departure level. Baggage claim is on the lower level.

A vast variety of restaurants, cocktail lounges, gift shops, newsstands, restrooms, public telephones, business centers and duty free shops for international flights offer convenient services within the airport.

More than 21,144 parking spaces are available with valet parking available across from Terminals 4 and 6. Free shuttle service to airline terminals is provided every 10-15 minutes around the clock from Lots B and C. Perimeter parking Lot C, northeast of the airport, also contains the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Center, which connects public bus systems with the courtesy LAX shuttle bus service provided by the airport.

Among the modes of transportation available at LAX are airport bus service, door-to-door shuttle van service, local bus lines, light rail, rental cars and taxicabs. A free, frequent shuttle bus connects the Los Angeles Airport with Metro Transit Authority's Green Line Light Rail. Shuttle service is provided at no charge for passengers making connecting flights between terminal buildings.

Directions to Lot B: (Long-Term Parking with Free Shuttle Service)

  • 405 Southbound, Century Blvd. Exit - Southbound La Cienega, right turn into driveway. South of Lennox Blvd.
  • 405 Northbound, Imperial Hwy. Exit - Westbound Imperial Hwy, Northbound Aviation, Eastbound 111th St., left turn into driveway.
  • 105 Westbound, Aviation/Imperial Hwy. Exit - Westbound Imperial Hwy., Northbound Aviation, Eastbound 111th St., Left turn into driveway.

 

Directions to Lot C: (Long-Term Parking with Free Shuttle Service)

  • 405 Southbound, La Tijera Blvd. Exit - Westbound La Tijera, Southbound Airport Blvd., Westbound Westchester ParkWay, Left turn into driveway.
  • 405 Northbound. Century Blvd. Exit - Westbound on Century Blvd., Northbound Airport Blvd., Westbound Westchester ParkWay. Left turn into driveway.
  • 105 Westbound, Sepulveda Blvd. Exit - Northbound Sepulveda, Eastbound 96th Street, Left turn into driveway.

The FlyAway Bus Service provides frequent, nonstop transportation between LAX, and Union Station in Downtown LA, and the Van Nuys FlyAway Terminal in the the San Fernando Valley. Tickets can be purchased from the FlyAway kiosk at Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza or at the Van Nuys FlyAway Terminal. Routes between LAX and Westwood are $5 one-way, passengers pay on the bus — exact change required. FlyAway buses run 24 hours a day.
 
From Monday through Friday, early morning bus departures from Union Station to LAX are at: 5 a.m., 5:30 a.m., 5:50 a.m., 6:10 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 8:10 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 8:50 a.m., 9:10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m., buses will depart every 30 minutes. Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. service is every hour on the hour.
 
From LAX to Union Station buses depart daily between 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. Early morning buses between 1a.m. and 5 a.m. depart LAX on the hour. Passenger pick-up time is listed for bus arrival at Terminal 1. Allow extra time for pick-ups at Terminals 2–7.
 
FlyAway service runs between Van Nuys and LAX 24 hours a day - 7 days a week, with buses running every 15-minutes from 4:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Buses depart every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to midnight with hourly service from midnight to 3 a.m. Early morning bus departures from Van Nuys Bus Terminal are at: 3:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

Monday through Sunday from the Los Angeles International Airport to Van Nuys, buses depart LAX terminals every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. From midnight to 12:30 a.m., buses depart from LAX every 15 minutes. FlyAway early morning bus departures from LAX are at: 1:15 a.m., 2:15 a.m., 2:45 a.m., 3:45 a.m., 4:15 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.

FlyAway service from LAX to Westwood runs hourly from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. On Thursday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. buses depart hourly, and every 30 minutes from noon to 11 p.m. On Friday, buses leave LAX terminals every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Passengers have access to free Wi-Fi Internet on the smaller CNG clean fuel buses used on the Westwood route.

Service from Westwood to LAX runs hourly from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. On Thursday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. buses depart hourly, and every 30 minutes from noon to 10 p.m. On Friday, buses leave the Los Angeles International Aiport terminals every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Passengers have access to free Wi-Fi Internet on the smaller CNG clean fuel buses used on the Westwood route.

ROUTES

Van Nuys

Union Station

Westwood

Fare

$7.00 one-way

$7.00 one-way

$5.00 one-way

Children age 5 and under FREE FREE FREE
       

For more information, visit www.lawa.org/flyaway.

LAX provides many services to assist passengers or visitors with disability. Along with special parking spaces, ramps and elevators, a free shuttle equipped with a lift for disabled persons in wheelchairs operates between Lot C and airline terminals. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) or speech-impaired are available in all terminals.

If you have a layover at LAX, get out an explore Los Angeles with our article on LAX layover ideas.

See below for a list of airlines and thier respective terminals:

 

Airline LAX Terminal
Aeroflot Tom Bradley International 
Aeromexico  2
Air Berlin Tom Bradley International 
Air Canada 2
Air China 2
Air France 2
Air New Zealand 2
AirTran Airways 1
Alaska Airlines (International) Tom Bradley International 
Alaska Airlines (Domestic) 6
Alitalia 2
Nippon Airways  Tom Bradley International 
Allegiant Air 6
American Airlines 4
American Eagle 4
Arkefly 2
Asiana Airlines Tom Bradley International 
Avianca Airlines 2
British Airways Tom Bradley International 
Cathay Pacific Airways Tom Bradley International 
China Airlines Tom Bradley International 
China Eastern Tom Bradley International 
China Southern Tom Bradley International 
Copa Airlines (International) Tom Bradley International 
Copa Airlines (Domestic) 6
Delta Air Lines 5
El Al Israel Airlines Tom Bradley International 
Emirates Tom Bradley International 
EVA Air Tom Bradley International 
Frontier Airlines 6
Great Lakes Airlines 6
Hawaiian Airlines 2
Iberia Airlines Tom Bradley International 
Japan Airlines Tom Bradley International 
Jet Blue 3
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 2
Korean Airlines Tom Bradley International 
LACSA Airlines 2
LAN  Tom Bradley International 
Lufthansa Tom Bradley International 
Malaysia Airline Tom Bradley International 
Philippine Airlines Tom Bradley International 
Qantas Tom Bradley International 
Singapore Airlines Tom Bradley International 
Southwest Airlines 1
Spirit Airlines 3
Sun Country 2
Swiss International Air Lines  Tom Bradley International 
TACA International Airlines 2
Thai Airways Tom Bradley International 
Transaero Tom Bradley International 
Turkish Airlines Tom Bradley International 
United Airlines   6, 7, and 8
United Express   7 and 8
US Airways 1
Virgin America 3
Virgin Atlantic 2
Virgin Australia  3 (Departures) and 5 (Arrivals)
Volaris 2
West Jet 2