Guide to the Los Angeles International Airport

The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the biggest airport serving Southern California. It ranks sixth in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and is located about 16 miles west of downtown LA.

LAX Airlines & Destinations

More than 70 airlines fly into and out of Los Angeles International Airport, with flights to 87 domestic destinations and 69 international destinations in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.

The airport is a hub for a number of airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. It is also a focus city for Air New Zealand, Allegiant Air, Qantas, Southwest Airlines, Virgin America and Volaris.

The airport's busiest domestic routes are San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Denver, Seattle/Tacoma, Atlanta and Phoenix. The busiest international routes are London, Tokyo, Sydney, Seoul and Taipei.

Navigating Through Los Angeles International Airport

LAX has nine terminals that are laid out in a U shape and connected via shuttle buses. Additionally, Terminals 5, 6, 7 and 8 are connected via walkways once you've cleared security.

Terminal 1, which has 15 gates, is home to Southwest. Terminal 2, which has 11 gates, is used by Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Air China, Avianca, Hawaiian Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris and WestJet. Terminal 3, which has 12 gates, is home to Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Virgin Australia and Virgin America. Terminal 4, which has 14 gates, and is used by American Airlines. Terminal 5 has 15 gates and is used exclusively by Delta. Terminal 6, which has 14 gates, is home to some Delta flights, as well as Alaska Airlines, Copa Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines and some United flights. Terminal 7, which has 11 gates, and Terminal 8, which has nine gates, are used by United. The Tom Bradley International Terminal, which has 18 gates, all of the other international carriers.

Real-time flight status information is available on the airport's website.

Restaurants, Retail Stores & Services at LAX

The Los Angeles International Airport has more than 75 restaurants spread between all nine terminals. There are also more than 50 retail stores, including newsstands, duty-free stores, gift shops, clothing stores and electronics stores.

LAX provides free wi-fi internet service for all passengers and visitors. Other amenities include currency exchanges, ATMs, pay telephones and business centers.

Getting To & From Los Angeles International Airport

Passengers arriving at or departing from LAX have a number of transportation options.

Taxi cabs can be found outside of each terminal in the yellow zones on the lower levels. A number of limousine services also serve LAX, but advance reservations are typically required. Two shared-ride shuttle companies, Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle, can be found in the orange zones on the lower; these shuttles serve most of Southern California. Roadrunner Shuttle, which picks up passengers in the green zone, offers long-distance shared rides to Simi Valley, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. The LAX FlyAway bus, which you can catch in the green zone, offers scheduled service to Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood, Santa Monica and Hollywood.

If you prefer public transportation, there is a free "G" shuttle bus that connects the airport with the Metro Green Line Aviation Station. The "C" shuttle bus transports passengers to the Metro Bus Center, where you can catch Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Torrance and Culver City public buses.

LAX does not have onsite rental car counters, but about 40 car rental companies are located close to the airport. Rental car shuttles can be found in the purple zone on the lower level.

If you'd prefer to drive, there are eight onsite parking structures located near the terminals, as well as an economy lot located at 96th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard. There are also a number of private offsite lots in the blocks surrounding the airport.