Airport Guide: Los Angeles International Airport

With more than 70 million passengers a year, Los Angeles International Airport is one of the biggest airports in the world. The airport is also important for domestic and international flights.

If you are flying to California, you’ll most likely find yourself at Los Angeles International Airport even though there are some more international airports in the area. Nevertheless, Los Angeles stays to be the most important one in the Southwest of the USA.

American Airlines Boeing 777-200

American Airlines offers several long haul connections from Los Angeles

There is a total of nine terminals, of which the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) is the most important. Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 are all connected to each other and the TBIT by an airside walkway, making connections between the terminals easier. Los Angeles International Airport is the hub of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines. Dozens of carriers offer international flights.

Most important carriers at Los Angeles International Airport:
  • Alaska Airlines: dozens of domestic and a few international destinations
  • American Airlines: dozens of domestic and international destinations
  • Delta: dozens of domestic and international destinations
  • Southwest: dozens of domestic and a few international destinations

Shopping and dining at Los Angeles International Airport

As it’s the norm for international airports in the United States, Los Angeles International Airport offers plenty of dining and shopping options. The most important terminal for shopping and dining is the TBIT. You can find dozens of boutiques and other types of stores landside and airside in this terminal. Especially airside, there are also plenty of restaurants available. Surely, you can also find shopping and dining options in all other terminals. There are also fast food stores and cafés in all terminals, so you won’t have any problems to find a good spot for eating or drinking!

Sleeping at Los Angeles International Airport

Due to the sheer size of Los Angeles International Airport, there are tons of hotels around the airport. Nearly all hotels offer a complimentary shuttle service, so you can reach them in 5 to 15 minutes. You can find Hilton, Sheraton, Hyatt, Courtyard, Marriott and many more hotels around the airport. Thus, you can choose whatever is your favorite brand.

You can find several different airport hotels near LAX

You can find several different airport hotels near LAX

The by far most well rated property around the airport is the Residence Inn. Generally, you can find all kinds of properties from one to four stars around Los Angeles International Airport. Prices usually start at around 100 US-Dollar (~90 Euro) and can go up to 300 US-Dollar (~ 270 Euro) depending on the date.

Lounges at Los Angeles International Airport

There is an incredible amount of lounges at Los Angeles International Airport. Is is actually even tough to name all the lounges. For example, there are four Priority Pass lounges alone. Moreover, you can find several airline lounges including an Etihad and an Emirates Lounge.

Seating Qantas First Los Angeles

There are very exclusive First Class Lounges at Los Angeles International Airport

Surely, all US carriers also offer business and first class lounges at Los Angeles Airport. The most lounges are to be found at Tom Bradly International Airport, but there are choices available at nearly all terminals!

Overview of the lounges at Los Angeles International Airport (selective):
  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge (Terminal 2): $, PP, *A frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Hawaiian Airlines Lounge (Terminal 2): HA frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Virgin America Lounge (Terminal 3): $, PP, VA frequent flyer / Business Class
  • American Airlines Admirals Clubs (Terminal 4): OW frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • American Airlines Flagship Lounge (Terminal 4): OW frequent flyer [Emerald] / First Class
  • Delta Sky Club (Terminal 5): ST frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Alaska Airlines Board Room (Terminal 6): $, PP, AS frequent flyer / Business Class
  • United Club (Terminal 7): *A frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Emirates Lounge (TBIT): EK frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Etihad Lounge (TBIT): EAP frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Korean Air Lounge (TBIT): $, PP, ST frequent flyer / Business Class
  • oneworld Lounge (TBIT): OW frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Qantas First Class Lounge (TBIT): OW frequenty flyer [Emerald] / Business and First Class
  • Star Alliance Business Class Lounge (TBIT): *A frequent flyer / Business and First Class
  • Star Alliance First Class Lounge (TBIT): *A First Class

Transportation at Los Angeles International Airport

There is a surprisingly weak public transportation system at Los Angeles International Airport. The FlyAway Bus is the only option to get from Los Angeles International Airport to the city center directly. There is also a night service. You can also make use of the shuttle services to the next local bus stations and the Aviation/LAX station of the Los Angeles Metro (Green Line). As it’s the norm for airports in the US, you can also make use of taxis, Uber and limousine services. Yet, you should be aware that the prices for taxi rides to the city center are quite elevated.

 

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6 Comments on “Airport Guide: Los Angeles International Airport

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  2. 🙂 I beg to differ with you on this one.
    The Tom Bradley international Building is a fairly old terminal and selection of shops and and restaurants is lousy.
    If you want to buy magazines or grab some food after passing security control, you might as well forget it. The book/magazine stores are often almost sold out. There is always at least one food stall closed or half of the food offered is not available. Additionally people serving there are unfriendly 8 out of 10 times and prices are a total rip-off!
    Suggestion: have Breatkfast, lunch or dinner BEFORE you go to LAX! 🙂

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    • Hey, thanks for your comment! The things with LAX is complicated: In theory, the offerings are decent. Yet, in practice the staff seems to not get it done properly. That’s kind of sad as the airport coul be quite cool. But generally, I’d always rarther not eat at the airport as the prices are pretty much a rip-off everywhere on this planet 😉

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  3. Very informative and helpful article. LAX has been a bit of a mess the past couple years, with all the renovations, and things will likely remain like that for a bit as the Metro train gets closer to the airport. And there will be a lot of development directly to the north of the north runways, which will no doubt affect traffic for years to come. Perhaps you’ll need to do a followup.

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