Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – information and services

Being one of the busiest airports in the world, Los Angeles International Airport is an important hub for both domestic and international operations. Learn more about the airport in our extensive guide.


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Los Angeles International Airport, universally known by its IATA code LAX, stands as a key international gateway to the United States, particularly to Southern California. Located in Westchester, approximately 18 kilometers southwest of downtown Los Angeles, LAX is known not only for its role in global aviation but also for its distinctive Theme Building, which embodies a futuristic 1960’s design.

Terminal layout and specifics

The layout of Los Angeles International Airports consists of nine passenger terminals arranged in a horseshoe configuration.

Terminals 1, 2, and 3

These terminals handle a mix of domestic and international flights, with Terminal 1 dedicated to Southwest, Terminal 2 serving Delta among others and Terminal 3 also used by Delta for additional capacity.

Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT)

TBIT serves as the main terminal for international flights, hosting a wide array of airlines and offering extensive dining and shopping options.

Terminals 4 through 8

Each terminal is designated for specific airlines and their partners, with Terminal 4 for American Airlines, Terminal 7 and 8 for United Airlines, and others accommodating various domestic and international carriers.

Baggage handling when changing flights

Being one of the largest hubs in the world, LAX is also a common stop on the way when you are traveling with connecting flights. But how does it work with the luggage situation? The answer is that this depends on what type of ticket you have.

Single ticket connections

Automatically transfers baggage for passengers on a single itinerary. This means you don’t have to retrieve your luggage while waiting for your next flight.

Multiple tickets or airlines

This option requires passengers to manually reclaim and recheck their baggage when switching between unlinked bookings or different airlines. Make sure you have a little extra time on hand if this is your situation.

How is the security routine when arriving at LAX?

When arriving at Los Angeles Airport, all passengers go through a standard security screening process. This includes metal detectors, X-ray machines for baggage and random checks by TSA officers. International arrivals will also need to clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which involves passport control and, for non-U.S. citizens, fingerprinting and a photograph. Once cleared, passengers can collect their baggage and exit into the arrivals area. If you are connecting to another flight, you may need to go through security screening again, depending on your itinerary.

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Los Angeles International Airport is a common pitstop when traveling with connecting flights, on both domestic and international routes.

Dining options at the airport

LAX offers a variety of dining and shopping experiences tailored to suit all tastes and preferences. Listed below are some popular options, divided into the airport’s terminals.

  • Terminal 1: Features quick eats like Chick-fil-A and high-quality beverages from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

  • Terminal 2: Hosts several dining options, including the popular BUILT Custom Burgers and Barney's Beanery for a relaxed meal.

  • TBIT: Boasts a range of dining like 800 Degrees Pizza, KFC and Starbucks.

Airport lounges

At the airport you find a large number of lounges that offer relaxation and exclusive services. For example American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 4 provides a peaceful retreat with snacks, drinks and business facilities. Another option is United Club in Terminal 7, which offers a sophisticated environment with ample seating and premium amenities.

Accommodation in the area – find a hotel

The airport in Los Angeles is surrounded by various hotels that cater to transit passengers and visitors – several of them with a free shuttle service.

  • Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport: Located immediately outside the airport, offering deluxe accommodations and amenities. Standard rates start around $180 per night.

  • Los Angeles Airport Marriott: Features comfortable lodging and a convenient shuttle service to LAX, with prices typically beginning at $150 per night.

  • Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel: Provides stylish accommodations close to the airport, with nightly rates from $140.

To find all hotels in the nearby area and see which of them offer free shuttle serivce, follow the link below to see our full compilation.

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Transportation and accessibility

LAX is accessible via a variety of transportation methods, facilitating easy travel to and from the airport.

  • Metro: The Metro Green Line connects to LAX through shuttle buses from the Aviation/LAX station, with fares around $1.75 each way.

  • Bus: LAX City Bus Center accommodates several bus routes, including the FlyAway bus service directly to Union Station for approximately $9.75 per person.

  • Taxis and ride-sharing: Taxis have a minimum fare of about $46.50 from LAX to downtown. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft offer competitive rates typically ranging from $30 to $50 to downtown, depending on traffic conditions.

If you prefer to rent a car to get around on your own, the majority of the major car rental companies are represented at the airport. Follow the link to see all available options and prices.

Car rentals at Los Angeles International Airport

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Airlines at LAX airport

From LAX, you can choose from 70 different airlines to 189 different destinations

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LAX car rental

If you are in need of a rental car, there are several options at LAX.

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Airport transfer and taxi

If you are arriving at Los Angeles International and want to go to the city, you have several options. You can take a bus, a taxi, or a rental car. The bus is the cheapest and most convenient option, as it runs frequently. The taxi is more expensive and may take longer depending on the traffic. The rental car gives you more flexibility, but you have to pay for parking and fuel.

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LAX airport hotels

If you are in need of a good night sleep, before or after you flight, we can help you decide where to stay. Within a distance of 3km we found hotels like Los Angeles Airport Marriott , Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel and Hilton Los Angeles Airport

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LAX is a primary hub for several large American operators, such as United Airlines.

Strategic airline hub

LAX is a west coast stronghold for several major airlines and is actually one of the busiest airports in the world. The airline is a primary hub for extensive domestic routes for major operators American Airlines, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

The airport is also a key entry point for international airlines from Asia, Europe and Latin America, including flagship carriers like Delta Air Lines.

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Things to do in Los Angeles

Whether you're just passing through or staying in Los Angeles, you'll find plenty of fun activities to do after landing at Los Angeles International.

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