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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Los Angeles Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

The best spots at TBI are located on the second floor at either end of the food court. Here you will find a small number of padded seating areas (these are about 3-4 feet long, so your legs will dangle), a bunch of plastic chairs, and some carpeted spots. - JoeS

Recent Review

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Photo by Claire

by cheapodoc
Stayed over in Terminal 4 after arriving on a late flight. I had a surprisingly comfortable time -- I lucked out in terms of being let out in a nice, comfortable Terminal (American Airlines).

Wonderful news: There is Free WiFi now at LAX!! (You do have to periodically view a 15-second ad to get free access.) This made it much easier to pass the time.

There are numerous charging stations throughout the terminal, and other travelers are also staying the night here and there, so you don't feel alone. There is a lot of cleaning happening throughout the terminal, and there is occasional noise from all the cleaning, construction, staff talking loudly to each other, announcements (about every 15-20min), etc. -- but the staff leave you alone, as does the security guy. If you choose your area carefully, you can rest quietly most of the time. (I rested near Gate 40, across the way from the Admirals Club, which was perfect after the cleaning staff passed through.)

If you intend to sleep, there is plenty of carpeted floor space. The traditional, old airport chairs in this terminal all have armrests. The chairs are comfortable for sitting, so you may be able to nap for a while upright. Bring an eye mask, warm clothing, and maybe some earplugs. Also pack yourself some food (everything is closed overnight) and bring a water bottle (you can fill it up at the water fountain near the bathrooms). A little after 4am, the Terminal comes to life with airline staff and passengers. Starbucks seems to open shortly thereafter (ca. 4:30am).

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Los Angeles Airport Guide

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

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Bradley Terminal @ night. Photo: Carlsmith/Wikipedia

LAX features nine terminals connected by a U-shaped two-level roadway. The Tom Bradley International Terminal is the largest of the terminals. A new terminal opened in September 2013. We'll add more information about it as soon as we can.

If you are using LAX to connect to another terminal, go armed with a map and plan your route ahead of time. Inter-terminal transportation is still handled by shuttle buses. If spending the night, you shouldn't have problems, but you will probably have to sleep on the floor, so be prepared with something to lay on and a blanket.

Airport Lounges

Day passes are available for entry into these lounges:

More airline lounges:

  • Air France Business Class Lounge - Location: Terminal 2, Airside. Hours: varies
  • Alaska Airlines Board Room - Location: Terminal 6, Airside, Mezzanine level, near Gate 64. Hours: 5am - 10pm.
  • Skyteam KAL Business Class Lounge - Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 4th Floor, Hours: varies

USO Lounge - The Bob Hope Hollywood USO offers a lounge to members of the military and their families. Amenities: video games, TV lounge, snacks, showers, computers and a library. Location: Arrivals Level, across the roadway between Terminals 1 and 2. Hours: open 24 hours

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Airport WiFi / Internet

  • Free WiFi is available at Los Angeles. Connect to LAX WiFi and click "Get Free Access". A premium service is also available. Rates are US$ 4.95 (1 hour) - $7.95 (24 hours)
  • Internet kiosks can be found in all terminals and are available on a pay-per-use basis.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the Los Angeles Airport does not appeal to you (and we wouldn't blame you), there are hotels near the airport that offer a free airport shuttle....

  • Radisson Hotel - walking distance to the airport. (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours)
  • Travelodge - beside a 24-hour Dennys (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours. Use courtesy phone for pick-up.)
  • Embassy Suites (Shuttle Hours: 24 hour - runs every 15-20 minutes)
  • Sheraton Gateway - (Shuttle Hours: 24 hour - runs every 15 minutes)
  • Courtyard by Marriott - located less than a block from the airport. (Shuttle Hours: 24-hours)

To find a cheap room, you will find a list of hotels near LAX Airport on Tripadvisor and you can sort hotels by price.

Shuttle Pick-up: look for the red "Hotel and Courtesy Shuttle" sign outside the terminal.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art Exhibits - There are rotating art and photography exhibits in various locations: Terminal 1, Departures Level • Terminal 2, Ticketing & Departures Levels • Terminal 3, Arrivals Level • Terminals 3, Arrivals Level • Tom Bradley International Terminal, Customs Hallway
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Locations: on the departures and arrival levels in all terminals at LAX 
  • Car Rentals - Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • Fox • Payless • National • Thrifty. Location: look for the purple "Rental Car Shuttles" sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands outside baggage claim. The shuttles will take you to the rental offices.
  • Currency Exchange - ICE Curency Exchange has 13 kiosks throughout the airport. Locations: TBIT (Arrivals and Departure Levels, South Concourse, North Concourse) • Terminal 2 (Arrivals and Departure Level) • Terminal 3 (Departure Level) • Terminal 4 (Departure Level) • Terminal 5 (Arrivals and Departure Level) • Terminal 6 (Arrivals and Departure Level) • Terminal 7 (Departure Level).
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food or beverage concessions.
  • Information Desk - Information not available
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - There is no luggage storage available at "due to safety reasons". However, there is a company off-site that will pick up your luggage from LAX curbside and store it for you. When you need your luggage back, you call them and they deliver it back to the airport. With pick-up/drop off costs at $5 per item, this can get costly. Hours: open 24-hours. Contact LAX Luggage Storage. (This is not an endorsement, so please let me know if you have any problems.)
  • Observation Deck - For a great view of the airport and surrounding landscape, head over to the Observation Deck. Location: in the middle of the Central Terminal. Hours: 8am - 5pm (Sat & Sun).
  • Showers - not available
  • Smoking - Not permitted inside the airport. There are probably designated areas outside the terminal, but I do not know where they are.

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Airport Hours

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Last Updated: 20 January 2014

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