Sleeping in Airports

Los Angeles Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Los Angeles Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

the facilities remain pretty sub-standard – except in the newly refurbished Tom Bradley International Terminal. Still nowhere to sleep within the airport, and local hotel day rooms are getting pricier and pricier. No provision is made for transit or layover passengers – it remains a grin and bear it airport. – a traveller

LAX Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Los Angeles Airport (Code: LAX) .

What to Expect

The massive U-shaped LAX Airport is a major hub for North American and international travel. It has 9 terminals: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), which has a north and south end. The entire airport is connected by a landside shuttle bus, and Terminals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and TBIT are connected by airside walkways. There is considerable variation in terms of the quality, comfort and operating hours of each of the terminals.

Overall, there are a good number of restaurants and shops; however, none are open 24-hours, so you’ll want to come prepared with snacks or change for vending machines if you’re here late into the evening. WiFi is also available, and mobile charging is available near the gates.  For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Los Angeles Airport Guide
(Photo submitted by a Guest Traveller / September 2019)

Sleeping in Los Angeles Airport

While seating is plentiful – so are the armrests. This means travellers should expect to sleep on sections of carpeted floor. Many sleepers also lament the constant construction at LAX, and the frequent announcements. Noise cancelling headphones or earplugs are a must if you’re hoping to catch some shuteye.

That said, there are a few benches and couches scattered throughout the terminals. In Terminal 1, there is a long bench just past security at the top of the stairs. In the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 6, there are armrest-free benches – though it can be particularly bright and loud here. There are chairs in triangle configurations in Terminals 4 and 7 that are decent for a rest. Gates 148 and 206 of TBIT also have a few couches. Snag something when you see it, as options are few and far between. The terminals are very cold. Have a blanket and dress for the terminal temperatures. Explore our guide to sleeping in Los Angeles Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.  If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels nearby that provide free airport shuttles.  See Airport Hotels in the guide below.

Good to Know

LAX has a limited supply of cots and blankets available for stranded or delayed passengers when major flight cancellations occur.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our 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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

airport hoursAirport Hours

While LAX is open 24 hours, the terminals have their own operating hours which we were unable to confirm at the time of this December 2023 update.  LAX is currently closed to the general public.  You must be a passenger or personnel to enter.

airport hotelsLAX Airport Hotels

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Within 5 minutes from the airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there are many hotel options for those of you who are looking to sleep at LAX Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, unfortunately, you will have to pass through security/immigration, as LAX has neither a transit nor an on-site hotel.  Most nearby hotels provide free airport shuttles.

  • Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport –  This is the closest hotel to the airport that is accessible by foot or free airport shuttle.   » Check Rates
  • Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard – Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available.   » Check Rates
  • Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel –  Free 24-hour airport shuttle. Day use rooms from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, based upon availability.   » Check Rates

Shuttle Pick-up: look for the red “Hotel and Courtesy Shuttle” sign outside of baggage claim.

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near LAX Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 4
  • American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Airside, Concourse Level, across from Gate 40.  Showers are available.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership program.
Terminal 5
  • American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Airside, near Duty Free.  Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership program.
Terminal 6
Terminal 7
  • United Club – Location: Airside, at Gate 71A.  Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • United Club Membership.
Tom Bradley International Terminal
  • Centurion Lounge – Location: Airside, Level 2.  Accessible airside from Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members • Lounge membership programs.
  • KAL Lounge – Location: Airside, 5th Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
  • Qantas Club – Location: Airside, 5th Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

Delta Sky Club – Locations: Terminals 2, Airside, Level 2 • Terminal 3, Airside, Level 4 • . Showers are available at the Main Club. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

More lounge options for first/business class flyers are located in TBIT: Star Alliance Business Class Lounge • Star Alliance First Class Lounge • Oneworld International Business Lounge • The Emirates Lounge • Air New Zealand Priority One Lounge.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Theme Building, Level 1.

Related Pages: Los Angeles Airport Lounges

cotsCots

At times when there are major flight delays and cancellations, the airport has a limited supply of cots. If you are stranded during a weather delay, contact an airport employee to find out when the cots are located.

water bottle refillsDrinking Water

A traveller tells us there is “one water vending machine in terminal 7.” Does LAX have water fountains or water bottle refill stations?  Click here to update this guide.

foodFood & Drinks

With no 24-hour food concessions available, stock up on food and water before the food concessions close for the night. In Terminal 7, there are vending machines for last-minute snacks and hydration.

Pro-Tip: Ron tells us “It may be worth noting that in Terminal 7’s lower level there are vending machines with snacks and drinks. The vending machines take $1.00, $5.00, coins, and Credit/Debit Cards. They are the only place to get these items after 1:00 AM. The water I got there was a life saver.”

mobile chargingMobile Charging

There are mobile charging stations in all terminals. Power outlets located in a variety of spots: below boarding gate seats, at work stations, and stand-alone charging stations.

Luggage StorageLuggage Storage & Icons

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. Rates: from $12 – $18 per item for storage plus the $5.00 pick up and $5.00 drop off fee. You can also bring your luggage to the facility to avoid paying the pick up and drop off fees. Hours: open 24-hours. Contact LAX Luggage Storage. (This is not an endorsement of their service, so let us know if you have any problems).

rest zonesRest & Relaxation Zones

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

showersShowers

Freshen up (and loosen those stiff muscles) with a shower before your flight at these pay-to-use lounges (a corresponding airline ticket may be required at some locations). Locations: KAL Lounge in the Tom Bradley International Terminal • American Airlines Admiral Club (multiple locations) • Delta Sky Club at Terminal 2 • United Club at Terminal 7 • and the USO Lounge for active military and their families. See “Airport Lounges” above.

wifiWiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at LAX for an unlimited number of 45-minute sessions. Connect to the “_LAX Free WiFi” network, and watch a 15 – 30 second advertisement in order to begin a new session. Premium high-speed, commercial-free internet access is available with a Boingo membership.

layover sightseeingLayover Sightseeing

Do you want to make the most of your stopover or long layover by getting out of the airport to do some sightseeing?  Check out our LAX Airport Layover Sightseeing guide or explore Things to do in Los Angeles on Tripadvisor.

airport infoMore Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover
Art in the Airport – Rotating and permanent art exhibits are on display throughout the airport. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch a live performance!

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: on the departure levels in all terminals at LAX.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are nursing rooms for breastfeeding. Locations: T1, Gate 13 • T2, between Gates 21B & 23 • T3, near Gate 33 • T4, by Sunglass Hut • T5, by the food court • T6, Gate 64B • T7/8, by Ashland Hill • TBIT, near Gate 150.

Cots – see “Cots” above.

Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) booths are located Airside, on the Departures Level of Terminals 2, 4, 6, 7 and TBIT • Arrivals and Ticketing Level of TBIT. Hours of operation vary per location.

Drinking Water – see “Drinking Water” above.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in most terminals of LAX. In addition, a wide variety of retail stores, gift shops, and newsstands are available throughout the terminals.

Food & Drinks -see “Food & Drinks” above.

Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.

Information Desk – Volunteers are stationed at Information booths on the Arrivals Level of each terminal. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM (Mon – Fri) • 9:00AM – 9:00PM (Sat – Sun).

Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Luggage carts are available from Smarte Carte. Fee: $8.00 (Cash and card payments are accepted). Locations: Upper and Lower level of each terminal.

Medical Services

  • Defibrillators – Devices are strategically located throughout the airport.
  • Medical Services – A first aid office is located on the Upper/Departure Level of the TBIT. Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM.

Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.

Observation Deck – Relax and watch planes taking off and landing from the vantage point of the airport’s observation deck. Location: in the middle of the Central Terminal. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (open the second weekend of each month).

Pets

  • LAX PUPS – The LAX PUPS (Pets Unstressing Passengers) Program is one of the nation’s largest airport-run, therapy-dog programs aimed at providing a less stressful airport environment. All PUP volunteers and dogs are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc., a national organization that registers, insures, and supports members involved in volunteer animal-assisted activities. The dogs and handlers – both in red vests with the PUP logo — help to create a positive and friendly airport experience.
  • Pet Relief Area – Most terminals provide Airside pet relief areas. Locations: T1, Lower Level, near Gate 13 • T2, near Gate 21 and 33 • T4, near Gate 208 and along the bridge to TBIT • T5, near Gate 52B • T6, near Gate 62 • T7, near gate 71A • TBIT, near Gate 208 and near the entrance to the bridge to T4. Landside locations are outside between T1 & T2 and outside T5.

Post Office – Not available.

Rest Zones – see “Rest & Relaxation Zones” above.

Shoeshine – If you are departing from T5 head to Marvin’s Shoe Shine for a free shine.

Showers – see “Showers” above.

SIM Cards – International and Domestic SIM cards can be purchased in one of the many ICE Currency Exchange Booths. Locations: Airside, Departure Level, Terminal 2, 4, 6, 7, TBIT • Arrivals and Ticketing Levels of TBIT.

Smoking – Smoking is only permitted outside the terminal in designated areas. Locations: T1, below Gate 9 • T2, below Gate 24 • T5, below Gate 54B • T6, below Gate 64B/66 • TBIT, across from Gate 131 and 151 • TBIT, Mezzanine Level.

Spa – Treat yourself to a massage or maybe a manicure before your flight at Be Relax. Locations: T1, Departures Area (Hours: 6:00AM – 10:00PM) • TBIT, (Hours: 9:00AM – 10:0PM).

WiFi – see “Airport WiFi / Internet” above.

Work Stations – Working stations used to be available in most terminals.

Related Pages: Things to do on a layover at Los Angeles Airport

Airlines
Los Angeles airport is served by the following airlines: Advanced Air • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aeroméxico • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air New Zealand • Air Premia • Air Tahiti Nui • Air Transat • Alaska Airlines • All Nippon Airways • Allegiant Air • American Airlines • Asiana Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Breeze • British Airways • Cathay Pacific • Cayman Airways • China Airlines • China Eastern Airlines • China Southern Airlines • Condor • Copa Airlines • Delta Air Lines • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Etihad Airways • EVA Air • Fiji Airways • Finnair • Flair Airlines • French Bee • Hainan Airlines • Hawaiian Airlines • Horizon • Iberia • ITA Airways • Japan Airlines • JetBlue • KLM • Korean Airlines • LATAM • LOT • Lufthansa • Lynx • Norse • Philippines Airlines • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Saudia Airlines • SAS • Sichuan Airlines • Singapore Airlines • Southern Airways • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Starlux • Sun Country • Swiss • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin Atlantic/Australia • Vivaaerobus • Volaris • WestJet • Xiamen Air • ZIPAIR.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Buses

The LAX FlyAway is a popular scheduled non-stop bus service between all LAX terminals and Van Nuys, Union Station and Westwood. Buses are marked according to route and no reservation is required. As of this update, one-way fare starts at $9.75 per person (up to two children under 5 years old may travel for free per paying adult).

A number of companies operate services between LAX and other parts of Los Angeles. Passengers should contact the companies for information beforehand. These scheduled buses are available on the lower/arrival level islands in front of each terminal.

Car Rentals

The following rental car companies operate at LAX: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Fox • Hertz • National • Sixt • Thrifty • Zipcar. Location: look for the purple “Rental Car Shuttles” sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands outside baggage claim.

Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles

Many area hotels and private airport parking lots provide courtesy airport shuttle service:  Aloft El Segundo – Los Angeles Airport •  Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard   •   Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo   •   Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport Hotel   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton LAX North   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Los Angeles LAX / El Segundo  •  Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport   •  H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton  •   Hilton Los Angeles Airport  •  Hilton Garden Inn LAX/El Segundo  •  Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles-LAX Airport   •  Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport  •   Los Angeles Airport Marriott   •  Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel  • Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX / Century Blvd   •   Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles   •   Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX  •  Sonesta Select Los Angeles LAX El Segundo  •  Travelodge Hotel at LAX   •   The Westin Los Angeles Airport

These buses operate from an area in front of each terminal on the Upper/Departures Level, marked by a red overhead sign that says “Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttle”.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

LAX Airport offers a free shuttle service that operates throughout the airport grounds. These shuttles can be picked up in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level, in a designated area marked by an overhead blue sign that reads “LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections”.

LAX-it Shuttle

Taxis and rideshares (Lyft, Opoli, Uber, etc) now depart from LAX-it, adjacent to Terminal 1. A free shuttle departs each terminal from the Lower/Arrivals Level every 3 to 5 minutes. Shuttles are equipped with WiFi, so you can connect with your ride while en-route. Walking times are 3-8 minutes from Terminals 1, 2, 7 and 8 and 11-19 minutes from Terminals 3, 4, 5, 6 and TBIT.

Public Transportation

There are free shuttle buses that connect the airport with the Metro C Line at Aviation Station (Hours: 4:00AM – 1:00:AM) and LAX City Bus Center (Hours: 4:00AM – 2:00:AM) . At the Metro C Line, you can connect to the Metro C (Green Line). At the Lot South/LAX City Bus Center, you can connect to L.A. Metro, Culver City Bus Lines, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Beach Cities Transit. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Airport website.

Ride Apps

Lyft, Opoli, and Uber are authorized to pick up passengers from LAX. The pick-up location is the LAX-it lot, next to Terminal 1. A ride to Downtown Los Angeles will cost you approximately $72.

Shuttles

Shared ride vans pick up passengers in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level in an area marked by an overhead orange sign that says “Shared Ride Vans”. Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle operate shared ride service to LAX, and provide door-to-door service in all southern California counties.

Taxis

Taxis can be picked up in three locations: Terminal 1, LAX-it Area • Between Terminal 3 and TBIT, Parking 3 • Terminal 7, outside Baggage Claim. Passengers can reach the LAX-it Area in Terminal 1 by walking or taking a free shuttle from the Green LAX-it signs located in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands. Authorized taxis display the official seal of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and are the only taxis allowed to service LAX.

Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Los Angeles Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-21

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.