Finding your way around LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

Are you planning your trip to Los Angeles in the USA? Will it be your first time in LAX? Passengers who have never been to L.A. may find it hard to navigate their way around its large terminals (a total of 9). If you are an international traveller catching a connecting flight in LAX, we advise you to read our quick guide to Los Angeles airport. The directions provided will help you know beforehand which terminal you should go to and how to commute from one place to another if necessary.

Should you need to consult a map of Los Angeles airport online or log into the mobile app of your airline –for instance- to check in to your flight, LAX has WiFi Internet access available for passengers free of charge. Other services that are present in all terminals include public restrooms, nursing rooms, ATM’s and currency exchange offices. If you have been granted TSA Precheck approval and it is shown on your boarding pass, ask the information staff where the nearest TSA Precheck security filter is so that you can save precious time before boarding.

Going from one terminal to another in Los Angeles International Airport

This is such a huge airport that special care has been put into ensuring you can travel between terminals in LAX fast and smoothly. Walkways and tunnels specifically designated for passengers in transit have been placed strategically so that you can walk from one terminal to the adjoining one. In some cases, particularly when distances are long or time is running short, airlines provide bus services to transport travellers to remote gates or satellite terminals.

If the LAX terminal you are heading to is far away or you simply do not feel like walking, go down to the Arrivals level and follow the signage towards the free shuttle (referred to as A shuttle or airline connector). This free transfer service for passengers in Los Angeles airport in California remains operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, picking up passengers every ten minutes.

Travelling from LAX to Los Angeles downtown

Several options like car rental, shared ride vans, taxi ranks and hotel transfers are made available to anyone arriving to Los Angeles International airport in the USA. Thus, you may choose the best way for you, your family and the luggage you carry to get to your hotel in Los Angeles.

A more affordable means to arrive to your accommodation in California is to use the FlyAway bus service connecting LAX airport to Hollywood, Westwood, Union Station, Long beach and other areas of the city.

Terminals of Los Angeles International airport in the US

Which terminal in LAX should I go to?

TERMINAL 1. Southwest flights are operated from this terminal, even though when they cover an international route, passengers must only check in here and be transported by bus to Tom Bradley International Terminal for boarding. On the Departures level, travellers will find establishments like California Pizza Kitchen, a Be Relax Spa, the Reilly’s Irish Pub and I love LA.

TERMINAL 2. This is the terminal for Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Virgin Atlantic, WestJet and some Delta flights. Volaris and Virgin Australia have their check-in counters in this terminal, too. The airside concourse has a DFS Duty Free store and other businesses like Univision, BUILT Custom Burgers and Fresh Brothers Pizza. The Arrivals hall has a Starbucks store.

TERMINAL 3. Here, you will find the Delta operational base as well as the information office for JetBlue and the Avianca and Copa Airlines check-in desks. Hudson News, Shake Shack and Peet’s Coffe are just an example of the dining and shopping offer.

TERMINAL 4. Passengers of American Airlines flights will probably need to go to this terminal for check-in, clearing the security and boarding, as most routes start here. It also accommodates the only-members Admirals Club lounge and the Customer Service office of American Air. The dining and shopping options in the departures concourse feature franchises like Dunkin Donuts, Real Food Daily and Hollywood Style.

TERMINAL 5. Aside from the rest of American flights, those operated by Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines take off in this terminal. Passengers may enjoy amenities such as Farmers Market to go, The Mattel Experience and Xpress Spa.

TERMINAL 6. Head to this terminal if you have purchased a plane ticket from Air Canada, Boutique Air, Thomas Cook, Virgin America or XL Airways France. Austrian Airlines flights land in T6, too. Travellers have an Earthbar, a MAC make up store and a Tumi Travel shop at their disposal, among many others.

TERMINAL 7. Corona Bar and Hugo Boss are the highlights of the dining and shopping area for passengers in this terminal, exclusively used by United (check-in desks, United Club and United Customer Service).

TERMINAL 8. The rest of United flights depart from T8. While in transit, you will have the chance to eat at the BGrill by Boa Steakhouse and buy magazines and books at People News.


Most transcontinental routes start or end in this terminal of Los Angeles airport when either leaving towards or departing from Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. It is the largest one, but relies on a good wayfinding system and automated people movers. The arrivals lounge is on ground level, the check-in desks are situated on the 3rd floor and the security checkpoints and gates are located on the 4th floor. If you are planning your trip and have not found accommodation yet, you may book a room in a hotel near LAX now.

You will board your flight or arrive in this terminal if you are flying with Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, All Nippon Airways, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad, Eva Air, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, LATAM, Level, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Australia and WOW Air.

As this terminal is home to all OneWorld and StarAlliance member airlines, its VIP lounges for frequent flyers are also found here, alongside the KAL, Quantas, Etihad and Emirates business lounges. The Arrivals level features stores like 7-Eleven, Cantina Laredo and Virgin Mobile, while Planet Hollywood, Earl of Sandwich and WPizza have settled on the ticketing floor. The widest dining and shopping offer, however, is at Departures with brands such as KFC, LuckyFish, Drink LA, Chaya Brasserie, Gucci, Hermes, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, Bvlgari and many more.