Discover Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX terminal info, transportation, dining, shopping, VIP lounges and future projects

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located in Westchester alongside L.A.'s beach communities about 16 miles from Downtown L.A. The airport's West Coast location makes it a gateway to international destinations, particularly Asia and the Pacific. One of the busiest airports in the world, LAX offers more than 700 daily nonstop flights to 100 domestic cities, and over 1,300 weekly nonstop flights to dozens of cities around the world.

From travel info to transportation, dining, shopping, layover activities and future projects, read on for guides to LAX.

Aerial view of LAX from westward direction | Photo: Nancy-D, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool
Aerial view of LAX from westward direction | Photo: Nancy-D, Discover Los Angeles Flickr Pool

LAX 101

This basic guide to LAX for international visitors flying into Los Angeles includes terminal locations, hotels, transportation, and tips for travelers.

FlyAway drop off at Terminal 5 | Photo: LAX
FlyAway drop off at Terminal 5 | Photo: LAX

FlyAway® Bus Service

The FlyAway® bus service provides non-stop transportation between LAX and locations throughout Los Angeles. FlyAway buses operate seven days a week and drop passengers off on the Upper/Departures Level of each terminal at LAX. At LAX, passengers board buses on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal under the green "FlyAway, Buses and Long Distance Vans" signs. Each bus is marked with its service location. Read on for details about each FlyAway stop.

Urth Caffé & Bar LAX | Photo: Urth Caffé
Urth Caffé & Bar LAX | Photo: Urth Caffé

Global Cuisines and Top Chefs

Befitting L.A.'s status as one of the nation’s top restaurant cities, and as part of the LAX multi-year, multi-billion dollar modernization project, travelers now have the opportunity to savor a culinary journey via the airport's nine terminals, showcasing local iconic eateries, award-winning restaurateurs, and “Top Chefs.”

Fred Segal inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX | Photo: Fred Segal
Fred Segal inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX | Photo: Fred Segal

Shop Like a Star at TBIT

During Awards Season, there is no better time for travelers to embrace Hollywood glamour—and no better gateway than LAX to feel like a star. Shops and services are conveniently located inside all nine terminals. However, the hot spot is Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which also includes upscale dining options, making it the current centerpiece of the airport’s multi-billion dollar modernization project.

Photo courtesy of The Private Suite
  Photo courtesy of The Private Suite

Travel Like a VIP

The Private Suite is a VIP private terminal at LAX. Instead of 2,200 footsteps from car seat to plane seat, members of The Private Suite can do it in just 70 footsteps. Private TSA screening is done in the building, and The Private Suite team handles ticketing and luggage. Members spend their preflight in totally private suites, each with its own bathroom, food service pantry, a two-person daybed, and a runway view of aircraft landing and taking off. When it’s time to board, Private Suite members are driven in a BMW 7 Series sedan across the tarmac directly to their aircraft. For more info about membership and to book a trial experience, visit The Private Suite website.

From expedited customs entry kiosks and exclusive lounges to complimentary makeovers and express massages, there are plenty of ways for travelers to live it up like a celebrity at LAX. Here are some tips for travelers looking to live large.

Top 10 Things to Do Near LAX

Right after you land or before you board your flight, it's an L.A. tradition to stop at the In-N-Out Burger near LAX for favorites like a Double-Double Animal Style, chocolate shake and Animal Style french fries. The late, great Anthony Bourdain called it the best restaurant in L.A., and you might see students from nearby Otis College of Art and Design, or hungry guests of the Westin LAX and Custom Hotel. Diners seated at the outside tables have an unparalleled view of jets taking off and landing on the nearby runways.

From the Flight Path Learning Center to Venice Beach, here are nine more places to check out near LAX.

Venice Beach | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
Venice Beach | Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

LAX Layover: Go Have Some Fun

LAX is one of the world's busiest airports, so layovers are common. Travelers can maximize each sunshine-filled hour in Los Angeles with this helpful guide. The hardest part will be boarding your flight to the next destination!

LAX APM Guideway over Century Boulevard | Rendering courtesy of LAWA
LAX APM Guideway over Century Boulevard | Rendering courtesy of LAWA

Future Projects

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is in the midst of a $14 billion Capital Improvement Program at LAX, projected to last through 2023. The LAX modernization program is considered the largest public works program in the history of the City of Los Angeles. Begun in 2009, the overall program is expected to create more than 121,000 annual construction-related jobs.