How to Get Between Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is currently undergoing a major 15-year modernization project, with a primary focus on improving accessibility between terminals and public transport links.

The renovation should ease congestion on the loop road that serves all terminals since passengers can utilize more efficient methods of transport — such as an automated people mover that will stop at each terminal and connect the airport to the Metro station. These updates are scheduled for completion in 2023.

Improvements have already been made to some of the terminals to upgrade security checkpoints, baggage screening, technical systems, and baggage re-check facilities for flight connections — all functional aspects that should speed up the overall passenger experience.

If you’re headed to LAX soon, here’s what you’ll need to know to get around.

LAX Airport Layout

Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport. Image courtesy of

LAX has a U-shaped layout — parking lots and ground transportation are inside the U, and 9 terminals are on the outside. Terminals 1-3 on are the north side, terminals 4-8 are on the south, and Terminal B (Tom Bradley International) is on the west side.

All areas inside the U are landside access (pre-security), so passengers and non-passengers are permitted here. However, besides small coffee shops, there aren’t many restaurants or cafes landside of terminals 1-9. If you arrive early and can’t check in for your flight, head to Terminal B for a bigger selection of landside restaurants.

Each terminal has its own security checkpoint (except Terminal 7 and 8, which share one), and any passenger with a valid boarding pass for that day can go through security at any terminal.

Once you’re airside (past security), each terminal has its own shops, bars, and restaurants, and some have airline lounges.

LAX Ground Transportation Pre-Security (Landside)

Landside transportation is centered around the double-level looped road that runs inside the U-shaped layout. The upper level is for departures, and the lower level is for arrivals, which corresponds with the terminal’s check-in and baggage claim levels.

Terminal Shuttle Bus

If you need to travel between terminals at LAX, hop on the terminal shuttle that runs in a counter-clockwise loop stopping at each terminal.

You can pick up the shuttle from outside each terminal on the lower level, under the blue signs “LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections” with a picture of a bus. Buses depart every 10 minutes, and it takes a couple of minutes to travel between terminals (depending on traffic).


If you don’t want to take the bus or traffic is heavy, then you can also walk the same route on the public sidewalks on either level.

To walk from the northern terminals to the southern terminals, you can cut through the parking garages located in the center. Each garage is connected to a terminal via a bridge from departures level 3.

LAX Ground Transportation Post-Security (Airside)

Los Angeles International Airport Inter-Terminal Connections
Los Angeles International Airport inter-terminal connections. Image courtesy of


Terminals B, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are linked with airside walkways, allowing quicker and easier flight connections. Terminals 4, 5, and 6 use underground tunnels, and 6, 7, and 8 are connected via above-ground tunnels.

Terminal B is linked to Terminal 4 with an above-ground connector tunnel that has moving walkways. It takes around 5-8 minutes to walk between each terminal.

If you need to travel between Terminals 2 and 3, then you have the option to take an airside bus from Level 2 ticketing/check-in. LAX recommends allowing 10 minutes to take the bus.

Airline Connector Shuttle Bus

For flight connections, passengers can hop on the airside shuttle bus that runs between Terminals 2, 3, and TBIT. Buses operate every 10 minutes, 24/7.

Layout of LAX Terminals

LAX Terminal 1

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 1
Los Angeles International airport Terminal 1. Image courtesy of

Terminal 1 is the only terminal that is not connected to another with an airside or landside walkway, and it serves only flights from Southwest Airlines. Terminal 1 has 12 gates numbered 9, 11A, 11B, 12B, 13-16, 17A, 17B, 18A, and 18B.

Shops, restaurants, and cafes are located on level 2 (the same level as the departure gates).

When connecting from Terminal 1, exit the terminal on the lower level from baggage claim through doors L1-06 or L1-07, cross over the road to the shuttle pick-up lane, and ride the terminal shuttle bus.

LAX Terminal 2

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 2
Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 2. Image courtesy of

Terminal 2 is connected to Terminal 3 via a landside walkway — if you’re connecting between these terminals (or from Terminal 2 to any other terminals), you will need to exit the terminal and re-clear security.

If you want to remain airside, you can ride the shuttle bus between Terminals 2 and 3 from level 2 ticketing/check-in. This takes around 10 minutes.

Terminal 2 has 12 gates numbered 21, 21B, 22, 22A, 23, 23A, 24, 24A, and 25-28. Shops, restaurants, and cafes are located on level 2 with the departure gates, and the Delta Sky Club and Virgin Clubhouses are located on level 3.

When connecting from Terminal 2, exit on the lower level from baggage claim through doors L1-05, cross the road to the shuttle pick-up lane, and take the terminal shuttle bus.

LAX Terminal 3

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3
Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 3. Image courtesy of

Terminal 3 is connected to Terminal 2 via a landside walkway, but it isn’t linked to any other terminals. If you have a flight connection to Terminal 2 (or any other terminal), you’ll need to re-clear security at the next terminal (unless you ride the airside shuttle bus to Terminal 2).

In Terminal 3, you’ll find 13 gates numbered 31A, 31B, 32, 33A, 33B, 34, 35, 35P, 36, 37A, 37B, 38, and 39. Level 4 has a Delta Sky Club Lounge; shops, restaurants, and cafes are located on level 3 with the departure gates.

When connecting from Terminal 3, exit from baggage claim on the lower level, where you’ll find 2 areas to pick up the shuttle bus (to the right and left outside the terminal).

Hot Tip: If you’re connecting to Terminal 1 or 2, it might be quicker to walk instead of taking the counter-clockwise shuttle bus (depending on traffic).

There are planned developments by Delta Air Lines for an airside connector bridge between Terminals 2, 3, and B, which would speed up connections.

LAX Terminal 4

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4
Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 4. Image courtesy of

Terminal 4 is connected to Terminal 5 by an underground airside walkway, and each subsequent terminal connects to the next in the same manner (so you won’t need to re-clear security).

In addition, Terminal 4 is connected to the International Terminal B via an airside connector bridge with moving sidewalks on level 5, which has its own security checkpoint for passengers entering Terminal 4 from the International Terminal. (If you’re entering the International Terminal B from Terminal 4, you won’t need to re-clear security again.)

Terminal 4 has 16 gates numbered 40, 41, 42A, 42B, 43-45, 46A-C, 47A, 47B, 48A, 48B, 49A, and 49B. Shops and restaurants are located on level 3 departures, along with an Admirals Club and access to an American Airlines Flagship Lounge.

Hot Tip: With airside access to Terminals B, 5, 6, 7, and 8, Terminal 4 is the best-connected terminal at LAX. You can only check in at Terminal 4 if you’re flying American Airlines, though other airlines operate flights from the gates.

LAX Terminal 5

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 5
Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 5. Image courtesy of

Terminal 5 is connected to Terminals 4 and 6 via underground airside walkways. Both of these terminals are also connected onward to another terminal with airside walkways, so you won’t need to go through security again unless you’re connecting to Terminals 1-3.

In Terminal 5, you’ll find 14 gates numbered 50A, 50B, 51A, 51B, 53A, 53B, 54A-C, 55A, and 56-59. Shops, bars, and restaurants are on level 3 with departures as well as access to the Admirals Club Lounge that extends over 2 floors onto level 4.

Hot Tip: If you’re flying with American Eagle, you’ll need to catch the Terminal 5 airside shuttle bus to the Regional Terminal.

LAX Terminal 6

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 6
Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 6. Image courtesy of

Terminal 6 connects with Terminal 7 via an above-ground airside walkway and Terminal 5 via an underground airside walkway. From these terminals, you can continue airside to Terminals 8, 5, 4, and the International Terminal B without having to re-clear security.

There are 14 gates in Terminal 6 numbered 60-63, 64A, 64B, 65A, 65B, 66, 67, 68A, 68B, 69A, and 69B. Shops, bars, and restaurants are on level 3 departures along with an Alaska Airlines Lounge.

If you’re connecting from Terminal 6, you can use the airside walkways to any of the south terminals. For Terminals 1-3, exit after the baggage claim through door L1-05, where the shuttle bus stop is located just across the road.

LAX Terminals 7 and 8

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 7 and 8
Los Angeles International Airport Terminals 7 and 8. Image courtesy of

Though Terminals 7 and 8 share the same security checkpoint, they’re considered separate terminals, with gate numbers in the 70s for Terminal 7, and 80s for Terminal 8.

There’s an above-ground airside walkway connecting Terminal 7 with Terminal 8 and Terminal 6, and you have access to reach gates 5, 4, and the International Terminal B without having to re-clear security.

Hot Tip: Check-in at Terminal 7 or 8 is only possible for United Airlines, even though other airlines depart and arrive from these terminal gates.

Terminal 7 has 14 gates numbered 70A, 70B, 71A, 71B, 72A, 72B, 73, 74A, 74B, 75A, 75B, 76A, 76B, and 77. There are United Club and United Polaris lounges on level 3 departures, along with an array of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Terminal 8 has 8 gates numbered 80-85, 86A, and 86B. There are a few shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants on level 3 departures.

Thomas Bradley International Terminal B

Los Angeles International Airport Thomas Bradley International Terminal
Los Angeles International Airport Thomas Bradley International Terminal. Image courtesy of

Terminal B is located on the western side of the airport and receives the majority of international flight arrivals, although flights do depart from other terminals.

It’s the largest terminal at LAX and is connected to Terminal 4 via a bridge. Within this connector bridge is a dedicated security checkpoint for passengers arriving on international flights who are connecting to Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

The International Terminal is further split into the South Concourse and North Concourse — gates 150-157 and 159 are in the South Concourse, while gates 130-135, 137, 139, and 141 are in the North Concourse.

If you’re arriving from the main security checkpoint, you’ll enter the Great Hall on level 4 where most of the shops, bars, and restaurants are located. From here, the South Concourse is to the left with 2 moving walkways, and the North Concourse is to the right with 1 moving walkway.

Hot Tip: In the International Terminal, Level 5 has Korean Air, Qantas, and Oneworld Alliance lounges. Level 6 has Air New Zealand, Etihad, Emirates, and LA International lounges.

Estimated Walking Times Between Terminals

In some situations, it may be quicker and easier to walk to your next terminal than catch the shuttle bus. These are estimated walking times between different areas of LAX:

  • 5 minutes for each portion of this route: Terminal 1 – Terminal 2 – Terminal 3 – International Terminal – Terminal 4
  • 5-8 minutes for each portion of this route: Terminal 4 – Terminal 5 – Terminal 6 – Terminal 7 – Terminal 8
  • 5 minutes from the north terminals (1-3) to the south terminals (4-6) crossing directly through the parking area

Flight Connections at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport Terminal B
Los Angeles International Airport Terminal B. Image courtesy of

If you’re arriving on an international flight, you will need to clear immigration at your arrival terminal. You will then need to collect your bag and clear customs — if the bag has been tagged with a final destination, you can drop it off at the transfers service desk after customs. You can then make your way to your connecting terminal.

Passengers connecting from a domestic flight won’t need to clear immigration or customs, and any checked baggage will be transported to your onward flight (provided it has been tagged to your final destination).

Hot Tip: If you booked your flights separately instead of as a single ticket with connections, you’ll need to pick up your luggage in the baggage claim area, re-check your bag, and re-clear security.

Those traveling with carry-on luggage only can proceed directly to the terminal of their connecting flight and remain airside (if possible between the 2 terminals).


All terminals at LAX are accessible to passengers with disabilities, mobility concerns, and wheelchair users. When connecting between terminals, the shuttle bus is equipped with a lift for wheelchair users, and there are elevators in every terminal for accessing the underground and above-ground walkways.

Final Thoughts

Although the current renovations are causing some disruption to normal operations, passengers are already praising the improvements so far — such as the Terminal B to Terminal 4 connector that enables quicker connections for international flights.

The automated people mover will be a game-changer for accessing LAX from the rest of Los Angeles. However, it won’t eliminate the need to re-clear security at a connecting terminal if arriving at Terminals 1-3 (the people mover will run between terminals airside).

If you’re connecting to another flight at LAX, be sure to check out the map on the location of your next terminal, since each one will require a different amount of time to transfer. Once you do your research and leave time to re-clear security (if necessary), you’ll have no problems at all!

If you’d like to know even more about LAX, check out our article: Los Angeles International Airport [LAX] – Everything Travelers Need To Know.

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How do you get between terminals at LAX?

You can get between LAX terminals by riding the free landside terminal shuttle bus that runs in a clockwise loop, or by walking on the sidewalks. Terminals 4-8 are connected by a series of airside walkways, and Terminal 4 is linked to the International Terminal B via a connector bridge.

Are Terminal 5 and 6 connected at LAX?

Terminals 5 and 6 are connected airside via an underground tunnel, so it’s not necessary to re-clear security again unless you have arrived on an international flight. They are also connected landside, but this would require re-clearing security for all passengers if they exit the terminal and leave the secure area.

Are Terminals 2 and 3 connected at LAX?

Terminals 2 and 3 are only connected landside via a walkway, so you would need to exit the secure area and re-clear security. If you would like to remain airside, there is a bus you can ride between Terminals 2 and 3 that departs from level 2 ticketing/check-in and takes around 10 minutes.

Is there a shuttle between terminals at LAX?

There is a shuttle bus between terminals at LAX that runs in a clockwise route stopping at all terminals. You can ride the shuttle from outside each terminal on the arrivals level, from under the blue signs “LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections.” It takes a couple of minutes to travel between terminals with buses departing every 10 minutes.

Can you walk between terminals at LAX?

You can walk between all terminals at LAX. Terminals 4-8 have airside underground and above-ground walkways, with Terminal 4 also walkable to the International Terminal B via a connector bridge. You can even walk outside of the secure area between terminals using the sidewalks on both levels of the ring road, or cut through parking garages between the north and south terminals.

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  1. Eleanor Reeves · August 28, 2019 · Reply

    I am flying into LAX on United and flying out to Hong Kong on American. This is two separate bookings, so I need to get my bag from baggage, recheck it and get to the right terminal. I am in my 70’s and wanted to know is there a service that I can hire to help me?

  2. I arrived Gate 31b Terminal 3 and got a shuttle bus Airside direct to TIBT. This meant I bypassed security for a second run. Delivered direct to TIBT Airside in a secure zone. Saved me at least 45 minutes. All sign posted to follow shuttle bus to Terminal 2 and TIBT.

    • Catherine Luther · September 4, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Adrian, thanks for sharing this information with us and other readers!

  3. Clifford Tunuki · September 5, 2019 · Reply

    I have been scheduled to arrive in LAX next week end and my next flight for Washington Dulles Airport will be in two (2) hours time on Terminal 7. How can I manage to be on time or what is the quickest way to do at least?

    • Catherine Luther · September 6, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Clifford,

      This will depend on your arrival concourse and whether you’re arriving on an international or domestic flight. If you’re arriving from an international flight then you will need to clear customs and immigration and exit the secure area. You would then need to take the shuttle bus that runs between terminals outside of the secure area.

      If you’re arriving from a domestic flight then this will depend on which concourse you arrive into. If it’s close to 7 then it might be quicker walking, or if further way, then ride the airline connector shuttle bus that operates inside the secure area.

  4. I am planning to visit Los Angeles, and I would like to see the multicolored tile mosaic hallways that were installed in LAX in the early sixties. My understanding is that they are in Terminals 3, 4 and 6, and are only accessible upon arrival (not departure). If I arrive on an airline that is not located in one of these terminals, is it still possible for me to view the mosaics?

  5. Ruy N Pham · September 19, 2019 · Reply

    I plan to travel from Indianapolis to LAX and connect to a flight to Korea. This is 1 booking with Delta Air Lines though the flight from LAX to Inchon is operated by Korean air. There will be only about 1 hour in LAX for the connection. Please advise if my luggage can be checked through? Also 1 hour is enough for me to check in (from terminal 2 to B)? Do I need to re-clear security at B terminal?

    • Catherine Luther · September 20, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Ruy,

      You will have to ride the shuttle bus and re-clear security at the international terminal as it is not connected airside with terminal 2. You are best talking to Delta Air Lines here, but 1 hour is a very short connection time considering the gates of an international flight can close around 30 minutes before a flight departure. So you’re relying on your flight being on time, disembarking, the shuttle bus arriving promptly, and queues at security. Those are a lot of factors that could delay you and cause you to miss your flight connection.

      Delta should check your bags through to the final destination but worth double checking when you get in touch with them.

  6. P N Madan · October 11, 2019 · Reply

    Dear Sir/ Madam.
    We are 2 senior citizens intending to travel from San Jose airport to LAX on 14 NOV 2019. We intend taking the Southwest Airlines morning flight at 8.50 a.m reaching LAX around 10.30 a.m. After baggage claim we intend to proceed to LAX to catch the 2.30 p.m. flight – booked for Mumbai on Singapore airlines .
    Request clear guidelines with time estimates to reach Lax international airport from the departure side of the exit gate of Southwest Airlines.
    Request your encouraging response.
    Thanks and regards – p.n.madan..

    • Catherine Luther · October 15, 2019 · Reply


      As with any airport, the terminal is subject to change on the day, but Southwest flights usually arrive into Terminal 1 at LAX. Exit Terminal 1 on level 1 arrivals and catch the terminal shuttle bus 3 stops to the international terminal. Buses depart approximately every 10 minutes and it takes a few minutes between terminals (depending on traffic).

  7. Howdy,

    Arriving to terminal 7 from LAS with United and then taking SAS flight to Europe. Single ticket and United & SAS are ”allied”, but I still wonder if I need to transfer luggage by myself from ”belt to belt” at LAX? I have 2 hours 10 mins between flights and I just learned that flights from LAS are notorious in being late 🙂 If I do need to work out with luggage then where exactly is the belt I may need to take my luggage to? Hope not all the way to TBIT(?).

    • Catherine Luther · October 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Hman,

      As the flights have been booked separately United are not obligated (and may not be able) to check your bags through to your final destination. You’ll need to give United a call to check this. If they can’t, then you will need to take your luggage to TBIT and bag drop at the SAS desk. Just be aware that the LAX website says that some SAS flights depart from Terminal 7 so be sure to check your ticket.

  8. Hi, I have an upcoming domestic flight on UA from Terminal 7. I assume that I use the Star Alliance lounge at the Tom Bradley terminal. Thus, if I want to travel from Terminal 7 to the Star Alliance lounge at Tom Bradley, would it be better to clear security at Terminal 7 and then go to the Tom Bradley? If yes, where can I wait for the airside shuttle bus at Terminal 7? Thanks.

    • Catherine Luther · October 15, 2019 · Reply

      Hi Ben,

      If you are eligible to visit the Star Alliance lounge then your options would be to clear security at Terminal 7 and walk to/from TBIT via the airport’s airside walkways, or ride the terminal shuttle bus outside of the secure area and clear security at TBIT. The airside shuttle bus only connects Terminals 2 and 3 with TBIT.

  9. I’m arriving at T4 or T5 at 2:00 pm and need to meet someone arriving at T2 at 5:00 pm. Planning to go to an Admiral Club for a bit first. Where would best place to meet my friend (sharing a cab into town)? TIA!

    • Hi Kathryn,

      If you and your friend, are planning to share a cab into town, why don’t you meet up at the taxi pick up area?

      Thanks for reading!

      • I am arriving at Thomas Bradley in AirFrance Wednesday 27th Nov at 4:10pm. My next flight is at 7:15pm on Southwest Terminal 1. I only have a carry-on. Will I make this flight and how do I get to Terminal 1?

        • Catherine Luther · November 12, 2019 · Reply

          Hi Heather,

          We can’t advise on whether you will make this flight as it could be impacted by so many factors, such as your inbound flight being delayed. If you booked your flights on 1 ticket then the airline would move you on to the next available flight if missed. If you booked the flights separately, then it would be your responsibility to re-book. To reach Terminal 1 from TBIT, you can take the shuttle bus that departs every 10 minutes from outside the terminal.

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