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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has dropped from the third-busiest to the fifth-busiest airport in the U.S. following the COVID-19 pandemic.
LAX is also in the middle of a $15 billion modernization project that started in 2009 and it supposed to be completed in 2025, in time for the 2028 Olympic Games.
These major developments include an automated people mover between the terminals and Los Angeles Metro Rail links, a new car rental center, and road improvements to ease congestion. (The $2 billion people mover was delayed this summer and is now expected to open in fall 2024.)
With the completion this August of the new Delta Sky Way at LAX — linking Terminal 3 with the Thomas Bradley International Terminal — all LAX terminals are now connected, making flight transfers much easier than before.
Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Terminals: 9 total, including 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and B (Tom Bradley International Terminal)
Airport Address: 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Distance From Los Angeles: 15 miles (24 km)
Phone Number: 855-463-5252
Destinations Served: 113 domestic, 91 international
Flight Information: LAX departures and arrival information can be viewed online
LAX and its terminals have a U-shaped layout, with a double-level road and airport parking inside of the U and all of the terminals on the outside. Flight departures are on the upper level, and arrivals are on the lower level.
There are 9 terminals in total, numbered 1 through 8, the Regional Terminal, and Terminal B (Tom Bradley International Terminal). Terminal 2 still operates, technically, but the gates 20 to 28 have been absorbed into Terminal 3. WestJet customers can still check in at Terminal 2 but fly out of gates from what is now Terminal 3.
How you travel between terminals at LAX depends on where you’re going and whether you want to (and have the option to) stay airside to avoid clearing security again.
Terminal 1 is on the northwest side of the airport and has 13 gates, numbered 9, 11A, 11B, 12A, 12B, 13-16, 17A, 17B, 18A, and 18B. There’s a good selection of shops and restaurants inside the secure area.
Terminal 1 is connected to Terminal 3, which connects to the other terminals inside the secure area. Provided they don’t need to collect checked luggage between flights, connecting passengers can move between terminals without needing to clear security again.
Instead of walking, passengers can ride a shuttle bus inside the secure area to the West gates at Thomas Bradley International Terminal. The bus gate is in the connector between Terminals 1 and 3.
The departure gates for Terminals 2 and 3 have been consolidated into Terminal 3, sharing a security checkpoint and baggage claim. WestJet passengers may still check in at Terminal 2 but will access aircraft via the gates in Terminal 3. Departures are from 2 concourses, with gates numbered 30A, 30B, 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33, 34A, 34B, 35, 36, 37A, 37B, and 38 in the western concourse and 20, 21, 21A, 22, 23A, 23B, 24, 25A, 25B, 26A, 26B, 27, and 28 in the eastern concourse. Passengers can access Delta Sky Club, Delta One Lounge (coming in 2024), and Gameway.
Passengers can walk between the concourses while staying within the secure area. If connecting to TBIT, passengers can ride the airside shuttle bus that departs from the bus gate near gate 21, or they can use the new moving walkways connecting the terminals.
Terminal 3 also has a new moving walkway in the secure area that connects to Terminal B.
American Airlines is the sole operator of Terminal 4, with flights from its 8 gates, numbered 41, 42A, 42B, 43, 45, 46A, 47A, and 47B. There’s a small selection of shops and restaurants past security and an Admirals Club and Flagship Lounge on the upper level.
Passengers connecting to Terminal B can walk through the connector on level 5, and those connecting to Terminals 5, 6, 7, and 8 can walk through the underground tunnel. Neither requires passengers to go through security again.
Terminal 5 is next to Terminal 4 and has 15 gates, numbered 50, 51A, 51B, 53A, 53B, 54A, 54B, 55A, 55B, 56A-D, 57, and 59. Underground tunnels connect Terminal 5 to its neighboring terminals, while the airside shuttle bus transports passengers to the Regional Terminal. Passengers can also access Terminals B, 3, or 1 via the airside connectors, starting from Terminal 4.
Most of the concessions are beyond gates 53B and 54B, and an Admirals Club is on the upper level.
Terminal 6 has 10 gates, numbered 60, 62, 63A, 63B, 64A, 64B, 64C, 68A, 68B, and 69A. It’s home to an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Alaska Lounge, and Gameway.
Once inside the secure area, passengers can move freely between Terminals 4 through 8 via the underground tunnel to Terminal 5 or by walking through the airside connectors near security to Terminals 7 and 8. Passengers can also access Terminals B, 3, or 1 via the airside connectors, starting from Terminal 4.
United Airlines operates from Terminal 7’s 13 gates, numbered 70A, 70B, 71A, 71B, 72A, 72B, 73, 74A, 75A, 75B, 76A, 76B, and 77. There’s a good variety of concessions here. Eligible passengers may use the United Club near gate 71A or the Polaris Lounge near gate 75A.
Passengers can walk between Terminals 6 and 8 via the airside walkways and into Terminals 5 and 4 without exiting the secure area. Passengers can also access Terminals B, 3, or 1 via the airside connectors, starting from Terminal 4.
Terminal 8 is connected to Terminal 7 via a walkway inside the secure area, allowing passengers to walk freely between the southern terminals once they have cleared security. Passengers can also access Terminals B, 3, or 1 via the airside connectors, starting from Terminal 4.
Terminal 8 shares its ticketing area and baggage claim with Terminal 7, as only United Airlines and United Express flights operate from these 2 terminals.
The Regional Terminal is in the airfield and is only reachable by shuttle bus. These buses depart from Terminal 4 near gate 42B and from Terminal 5 near gate 54A. The terminal has 9 gates, numbered 52A through I. There is an Admirals Club near gate 52D.
The Tom Bradley International Terminal (Terminal B) is the main terminal for international flights at LAX and is on the west side of the airport. Terminal B has connector bridges to both Terminal 4 and Terminal 3 for easy connections to the southern and northern terminals.
Baggage claim is on level 1, check-in is on level 3, and security and departures are on level 4. Once you clear security, you’ll enter the first concourse with 19 gates, numbered 130 to 135, 137, 139, 141, 148, 150 to 157, and 159. On level 2, there’s a Centurion Lounge. On level 5, there’s the Oneworld Los Angeles Business Lounge, Qantas First Class Lounge, and SkyTeam/Korean Air Lounge, and on level 6 are the Emirates Lounge, and Star Alliance Lounge.
From the retail area, passengers can take the escalators down to level 1 to a tunnel that runs to the west gates.
Terminal B West Gates
Terminal B’s west gates are beyond Terminal B’s first concourse and have 15 gates, numbered 201A, 201B, 202 to 208, 209A, 209B, 210A, 210B, 221, and 225. There’s a small selection of shops and restaurants in this concourse. Passengers can make use of the greater number of concessions in the Great Hall before heading to the west gates.
Some of the connection tunnels have moving walkways, but many don’t. With that in mind, you might choose to use the free landside shuttle bus that runs every few minutes on a counterclockwise loop, stopping at all terminals.
You can also use the sidewalks on the double-level road from one terminal to another. If you’re heading from terminals 1 through 3 (north) to 4 through 8 (south), then you can also cut through the central parking garages to reach the other side.
You can walk between all the terminals via a number of airside walkways without passing through security again. This assumes you don’t have to collect your baggage and clear customs between flights. The walkways connect in this order: Terminal 1, Terminal 3, Terminal B, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 6, Terminal 7, and Terminal 8.
Instead of walking, passengers can ride a shuttle bus between Terminal 1 and the West Gates at Thomas Bradley International Terminal. The bus gate is in the connector between Terminals 1 and 3 and goes to the central departures area of the West Gates.
LAX has security checkpoints at every terminal apart from Terminal 8, which shares a checkpoint with Terminal 7.
As part of the airport’s 15-year expansion and renovation plan, Terminal 1 received an upgrade to its security checkpoint, as did Terminals 3, 4, 7, and B, with 14 automated screening lanes introduced in Terminal B.
Passengers can go online to check estimated LAX security wait times. LAX is a 24-hour-a-day airport, meaning the terminals, but security checkpoints and check-in desks do close. Depending on the terminal and airline, they open from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. and close between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. If you need more specific operating hours, check with your airline.
All international flights have to clear customs on arrival, and there are separate customs checkpoints at each terminal that receives international flights.
LAX has a dedicated TSA PreCheck lane at each terminal for expedited screening. If you’re enrolled in TSA PreCheck, you may use this lane for quicker processing. PreCheck opening hours vary, so it’s advisable to check the TSA’s schedule.Hot Tip:
TSA Precheck now lets you make a reservation for your screening, thus reducing your time in line. Passengers transiting through Terminals 7 and 8 can register for LAX Fast Lane up to 3 days before their flight.
The airport also has a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center in Terminal 1 in the baggage claim area on level 1. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive a Known Traveler Number and can use TSA PreCheck lanes at any U.S. airport.
LAX also has Global Entry kiosks for expedited international clearance. There is no Global Entry Enrollment Center inside LAX, but there is one close by, at 11099 S. La Cienega Blvd. The airport allows enrollment on arrival for conditionally approved applicants.
LAX supports Mobile Passport Control and has a dedicated Wi-Fi connection specifically for it. Submit your details on arrival at LAX and present your instant receipt and passport to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent.
LAX has CLEAR lanes in Terminals 1 through 7 for expedited security clearance. This program requires enrollment and an interview for retinal and fingerprint scanning.
LAX has over 20 lounges. Some lounges are exclusively for passengers flying in premium cabins or for elite frequent flyer members. Several lounges below allow passengers to purchase a day pass regardless of cabin (subject to capacity allowance).Hot Tip:
Though not technically a lounge, there is an exclusive private luxury terminal at LAX. Get an inside look at what it’s like to experience PS LAX (formerly The Private Suite) in our review.
|Lounge||Location||Opening Hours*||Day Pass Fee per Person**|
|Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge||Terminal 6, near gate 65B||Daily: 4:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.||N/A|
|Alaska Lounge||Terminal 6, near gate 64B||Daily: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.||$60|
|Regional Terminal, near gate 52D||Daily: 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m.||
|Terminal 4, near gate 40||Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.|
|Terminal 5, near gate 53B||Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.|
|American Flagship Lounge||Terminal 4, near gate 40||Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.||$150|
|Centurion Lounge||Terminal B, on the left after security||Daily: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.||N/A|
|Delta One Lounge||Terminal 3, TBD||Opens in 2024||TBD|
|Delta Sky Club||Terminal 3 Sky Way, after security||Daily: 4:15 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.||N/A|
|Terminal 2, mezzanine level||Daily: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
|Emirates Lounge||Terminal B, Level 6 lounges||
Winter: 11:35 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
|Etihad Airways Lounge||Terminal B, Level 6 lounges||
|Oneworld Los Angeles Business Lounge||Terminal B, level 5 after security||3 hours before the first British Airways, Cathay Pacific, or Qantas flight of the day||N/A|
|Qantas Lounge||Terminal B, Level 5 lounges||Daily: 6:30 a.m. to the last departure||N/A|
|SkyTeam/Korean Air Lounge||Terminal B, Level 5 lounges||Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.|
Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|Star Alliance Lounge||Terminal B, Level 6 lounges||Daily: first departure to 12:30 a.m.||N/A|
|United Club||Terminal 7, near gate 71A||Daily: 4:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.||$59|
|United Polaris Lounge||Terminal 7, near gate 73||Daily: 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.||N/A|
|USO Lounge (free for active military)||Center Way, LAX Theme Building, ground floor||Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (active duty military and their dependents)|
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (military retirees and their dependents)
* Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times because of capacity.
** Day pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.
To avoid lounge entry fees, check out our article on the best personal and business credit cards for complimentary lounge access.
Gameway in Terminals 3 and 6 accepts Priority Pass entry but is subject to a capacity. Be Relax Spa, found in Terminal 1 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, offers select complimentary services.Hot Tip:
There are over 100 restaurants, bars, and cafes at LAX. The majority of restaurants are past security.
As always, some eateries may be temporarily closed. You can check the airport’s website to see which LAX restaurants are available during your visit.
LAX provides passengers with free Wi-Fi within all public areas of each terminal. Access is granted in 45-minute sessions, and you can connect by following these steps:
There’s an optional upgrade for high-speed Wi-Fi for $14.99 per month (requires a Boingo monthly subscription).
Charging Stations: There are charging stations in these locations:
LAX advises passengers to first contact their airline if they have lost a piece of luggage or property on a flight. Depending on where the item was lost, passengers should also attempt to contact the staff at the shop, restaurant, public transport, or other service where they may have left their property.
Passengers are advised to submit a claim or wait 96 hours to see if their item has been posted to the lost and found gallery.
LAX has over 175 customer service representatives who speak over 25 languages collectively. They’re at the information desks on the arrivals level of each terminal from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.
There is no travelers’ aid center at LAX. The nearest center is at Ontario International Airport (ONT).
Children’s Play Areas
LAX has a children’s play area on level 4 of Terminal B, suitable for 2- to 11-year-olds.Hot Tip:
Explore the most kid-friendly U.S. airports and see why LAX was one of the top airports on our list.
LAX has 11 nursing rooms throughout the airport.
Pet Relief Areas
There’s a pet relief area in each terminal.
Duty-free shopping is available at the terminals that operate the majority of international flights: Terminals B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
Designated smoking areas can be found curbside at Terminals 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and B.
LAX operates a Pets Unstressing Passengers program (aka PUP). Specially-trained dogs and their handlers roam the airport to help calm nervous flyers before flights. LAX also regularly hosts art exhibitions in its public areas.
There are no chapel services or places of prayer at LAX.
ATMs are in all terminals, commonly at gate areas, baggage claims, or in central areas. There are also currency exchange services in all terminals except 1 and 8.
There is no medical center at LAX.
There are no luggage storage lockers in the airport. The closest is the private company LAX Luggage Storage, which is outside the airport, at 8622 Bellanca Ave.
General Inquiries: 855-463-5252
Construction Inquiries: 310-649-5292
LAX Police Lost and Found: 424-646-5678
You can pick up a metered taxi from 3 locations at the airport:
A flat fee from the airport to Downtown Los Angeles by taxicab is $50.50, which includes a $4 airport surcharge.
Arriving From I-405 Northbound
Take exit 45A onto I-105 W toward El Segundo and then take exit 1C onto Sepulveda Boulevard. Use the right 2 lanes to take the Century Boulevard exit onto World Way, where you can access airport parking or curbside drop-off.
Arriving From I-405 Southbound
Exit via the Howard Hughes Parkway and take a left onto Sepulveda Boulevard, continuing south through downtown Westchester. Take a right onto Vicksburg Avenue and then right again onto World Way, where you can access airport parking or curbside drop-off.
There are over 11,000 parking spaces at LAX for passengers. You can choose from short-term parking lots along World Way. The economy lot is more affordable for long-term parking.
The short-term parking lots are numbered P1, P2A, P2B, P3, P4, P5, P6, and P7 and contain more than 7,000 spaces. These parking lots are in the center of World Way and are accessible by exiting the terminal and crossing over the 2 roads that circle the parking lots. These lots charge the following rates:
|First 15 minutes||Free|
|Every 30 minutes after the first hour||$7|
|Maximum 24-hour period||$60|
|First 15 minutes||Free|
|Every 30 minutes after the first hour||$9|
|Maximum 24-hour period||$70|
Covered parking has height restrictions. Lots 1, 2A, and 6 allow a maximum vehicle height of 8 feet, 2 inches. Lots 2B, 5, and 7 allow a maximum vehicle height of 7 feet. Lots 3 and 4 allow a maximum vehicle height of 7 feet, 6 inches.
The economy parking lot is at 6100 W. 94th St. You can ride the free shuttle bus to it from outside each terminal at the pink “LAX”-signposted areas. These shuttles depart every 15 minutes, and the ride to the terminal takes 15 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic and where you got on the shuttle. Parking rates for this lot are:
|Every 30 minutes after the first hour||$7|
|Maximum 24-hour period||$35|
Valet parking is available in lots P1, P3, P4, and P7 and costs $75 for 24 hours.
The cell phone waiting lot gives drivers waiting to pick up arriving passengers somewhere to wait for up to 2 hours.
This lot is at the northwest corner of 96th Street and Vicksburg Avenue. Drivers aren’t allowed to leave their cars unattended.
If you’re looking for the cheapest parking, then off-site LAX parking lots and hotels usually offer the best rates. Most of the off-site lots are 1 to 3 miles away from the airport and operate free airport shuttle buses to and from the terminals.
Daily parking starts at $10. There are many third-party websites you can use to compare prices and book, but airportparkingreservations.com has a clear layout, is easy to use, and has good customer reviews on Trustpilot.
Parking for disabled passengers is available in all official airport parking lots, and all shuttle buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
General parking inquiries: 310-646-2911
Car rental companies don’t operate counters at the airport itself. Instead, they’re near economy parking lot C. Car rental companies run free shuttles to here from outside the terminals. The following rental car companies operate at LAX:
There’s a range fo LAX airport accommodations to cater to nearly all budgets. Most hotels are within 2 miles and include a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
We’ve listed hotels closest to the airport and included contact information for easy direct booking.
LAX Airport Hotels — Sorted by Distance From LAX
|Hotel||Address and Phone Number||Star Rating||
Distance From LAX (Miles)
|Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport||6225 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles LAX / Century Boulevard||6161 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection By Hilton||6151 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Homewood Suites By Hilton Los Angeles International Airport||6151 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles||6101 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Sonesta Los Angeles International Airport||5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Embassy Suites Los Angeles – International Airport South||1440 E. Imperial Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard||5933 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Embassy Suites Los Angeles – International Airport/North||9801 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport||9750 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Los Angeles Airport Marriott||5855 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel||9620 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Hampton Inn & Suites LAX El Segundo||888 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Hilton Los Angeles Airport||5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 9004 |
|Travelodge by Wyndham LAX South||1804 E. Sycamore Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Hotel June||8639 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles LAX Airport||8620 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Aloft El Segundo – Los Angeles Airport||475 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Extended Stay America – Los Angeles – LAX Airport – El Segundo||1910 E. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo||525 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Hyatt Place Los Angeles / LAX / El Segundo||750 N. Nash St., El Segundo, CA 9024 |
|Sonesta Select Los Angeles-LAX-El Segundo||2000 E. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Hilton Garden Inn LAX – El Segundo||2100 E. Mariposa Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|La Quinta by Wyndham LAX||5249 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|DoubleTree by Hilton LAX – El Segundo||1985 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
|Holiday Inn Los Angeles – LAX Airport||9901 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Cambria Hotel LAX||199 Continental Blvd., El Segundo, 90245 |
|Motel 6 Los Angeles LAX||5101 W. Century Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90304 |
|Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo||2135 E. El Segundo Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245 |
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|Hotel||Address and Phone Number||Star Rating||Distance From LAX (Miles)||Point Redemption Cost|
|Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles LAX Airport||8620 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Residence Inn Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard||5933 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045 |
|Hyatt Place Los Angeles /LAX/El Segundo||750 N. Nash St., El Segundo, CA 9024 |
At the Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles LAX Airport, guests have access to great amenities like free breakfast, free airport shuttle service, and a pool. From 26,000 IHG One Rewards points per night, this can be a fantastic option for those needing to stay near the airport. This hotel is also eligible for an IHG anniversary night certificate.
Less than a mile from the airport, the Residence Inn Los Angeles LAX/ Century Boulevard combines convenience and comfort. This all-suite hotel offers the largest guest suites near LAX. A stay includes a full kitchen, free breakfast, shuttle service, and an outdoor heated pool, too. It’s an excellent value at 32,000 Marriott Bonvoy points and up.
The Hyatt Place Los Angeles/LAX/El Segundo offers a comfortable stay with free breakfast for World of Hyatt members, an on-site restaurant and bar, a free shuttle to and from LAX, and pet-friendly rooms. Guests will also find the hotel close to local food and shopping. Award nights at this Category 3 property start at 9,000 points per night.
The airport has acknowledged the challenges passengers face when visiting the airport, such as congestion around the terminal loop, the lack of direct connections with the Metro Rail, and the fact that some airport services are spread out inconveniently. The modernization project is intended to address these issues and improve the passenger experience.
Many of the terminals have already received remodeling, with improvements made to connection walkways, security checkpoints, improved concessions, and baggage handling systems. Next year will see the unveiling of a new automated people mover at LAX that will run for 2.25 miles around the airport, including to the rental car facility and West CTA Station.
LAX is a 24-hour airport, meaning the terminals are open all the time. However, security checkpoints and check-in desks are open from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. and closed between 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., depending on the terminal and airline.
When picking someone up from LAX, you can use the cell phone waiting lot to wait until they’re ready to be picked up. You can be in the lot for a maximum of 2 hours and can’t leave your car unattended. There’s no charge.
Alternatively, you can park in one of the terminal parking lots. The first 15 minutes are free. It’s $9 for the first hour, $7 for every 30 minutes after the first hour, and $60 for each 24-hour period.
LAX recommends that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before a domestic departure and 3 hours before an international departure.
With the current modernization project still underway, it’s wise to allow extra traveling time in case of disruption from construction or traffic.
LAX has around 145 gates split across 8 terminals. The gates are numbered according to the terminal — for example, gate 75A is in Terminal 7. Gate 50 is in Terminal 5.
The international terminal (Tom Bradley International Terminal, also known as Terminal B) has gates numbered from 130 to 225.
Although the majority of international flights arrive at Terminal B (aka Tom Bradley International Terminal), some flights also arrive at Terminals 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. International flights can depart from any terminal.
You can walk between all terminals via a number of airside walkways without passing through security again — if you don’t have to collect your baggage and clear customs between flights. There’s also an airside shuttle bus between Terminal 1 and the West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal.
When you need to exit a terminal to reach another, you can take the free shuttle bus, walk on the sidewalks on the double-level road, or cut through the parking lots.
Tom Bradley International Terminal is also known as Terminal B. This terminal is on the west side of the airport.
Airlines including Air New Zealand, British Airways, Emirates, and Lufthansa have check-in desks in Terminal B.
Terminals 5 and 6 at LAX are connected by an airside walkway, so you don’t need to pass through security again if connecting between these 2 terminals.
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