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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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at LAX Airport.

What to Expect

  • LAX is a large, spread-out airport with 9 terminals in a general U-shape. Some terminals are nicer than others, though even the International Terminal leaves a lot to be desired.  
  • All terminals operate with different hours, but general rule is most shut down by 1am and open again around 4 am.
  • No 24-hour eateries, so come prepared with snacks or change for vending machines.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • There is a decent amount of seats, though most have armrests. You’ll have plenty of space to spread out on the carpeted floor.  
  • In Terminal 6, there are benches without armrests in the Arrival Hall, just around the corner from the Baggage Claim - it’s bright and loud, so bring a sleep mask/eyeshades and earplugs (February 2016 review).
  • LAX is under constant construction, so be prepared for construction noise (and frequent announcements) no matter where you sleep. Have your ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones handy.
  • When there are cancelled/delayed flights, the airport provides cots to travellers stranded overnight. See Cots in the airport guide below.
  • Explore Terminals 4 and 7 for chairs in triangle configurations for privacy (January 2016 review).
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Los Angeles Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Los Angeles Airport Information

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.

Airport 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!

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Terminal 6, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Virgin America Loft - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, 4th Floor (one floor above the gates). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Virgin America ticket. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, Concourse, across from Gate 40. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 4, Airside, across from Gates 44C and 44D. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Alaska Lounge - Location: Terminal 6, Airside, Mezzanine level, near Gate 64. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Alaska ticket • Prepaid lounge passes  •  Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ] passes are available
  • United Club - Location: Terminal 7, Airside, across from Gate 71A. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club - Location: Terminal 7, Airside, Mezzanine level, between Gates 73 and 75. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • KAL Lounge - Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 5th Floor. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • Qantas Club - Location: Tom Bradley International Terminal, Airside, 5th Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounge / lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The Bob Hope Hollywood USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active 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. [ more lounge info ]

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Airport WiFi / 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 for a fee of $7.95 for 24 hours, or $9.95 for unlimited access.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Los Angeles Airport does not appeal to you (and we wouldn't blame you), there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport - (2 minutes from the airport) This is the closest hotel to the airport. Free 24-hour airport shuttle departs every 10 minutes from the RED hotel shuttle pick-up zone outside of baggage claim. Day rooms available for use from 6:00AM to 6:00PM.
  • Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard - (2 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour scheduled airport shuttle is available.
  • Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel - (2 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour shuttle service runs to the airport every 10 to 15 minutes. Day use rooms for rent from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, based upon availability.
  • Travelodge Hotel at LAX - (6 minutes from the airport) A budget hotel located beside a 24-hour Denny’s. Airport shuttle is available from 4:30AM to 1:00AM. The hotel only grants one free roundtrip airport transfer per room. The hotel offers day use rooms between the hours of 9:00AM - 8:00PM.

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

To see more options there is a list of hotels near LAX Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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

  • 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 departures and arrival levels in all terminals at LAX.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Nursing Rooms are located in the following locations: (T1, Gate 10) (T2, Gates 21B & 23A) (T3, by Gladstone’s) (T4, by Sunglass Hut) (T5, by the food court) (T6, Gate 64B) (T7 & T8, between the Women’s restroom and Gate 74A) (TBIT, opposite Vanilla Bake Shop).
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Cots - At times when there are major flight delays and cancellations, the airport has a limited supply of cots and blankets. One traveller tells us that in Terminal 4, you should look for them in the area of Gate 42. If you have seen cots in other terminals, please send an email to guides@sleepinginairports.com to let us know the locations.
  • Currency Exchange - International Currency Exchange (ICE) booth are located on the Departures Level of Terminals 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and TBIT and on the Arrivals Level of Terminals 2, 5, 6 and TBIT. Cash advances (up to $300 USD) are available at the ICE booths at Terminals 2, 3, 5, 7 and TBIT. Hours of operation vary per location.
  • Duty Free Shops - Duty-free shopping is available in all terminals of LAX. In addition, a wide variety of retail stores, gift shops, and newsstands are available throughout the airport.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there were no 24-hour food or beverage concessions. Vending machines are available throughout the airport. However, if there is a flight delay,  concessions near the gates (Terminal 1, 2, 3, 6 and TBIT) will remain open until the flight boards.

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."

  • Information Desk -Volunteers are stationed at Information booths on the Arrivals Level of each terminal. Customer Service representatives are available in all terminals. Hours: 6:00AM - 12:00AM.
  • 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.
  • 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. Rates: from $7 - $13 per item for storage plus the $5.00 pick up and $5.00 drop off fee. Hours: open 24-hours. Contact LAX Luggage Storage. (This is not an endorsement of their service, so please let me know if you have any problems).
  • Medical Services - A first aid office is located on the Upper/Departure Level of the TBIT. Hours: 10:00AM - 10:00PM.
  • Mobile 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.
  • 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).
  • Pet Relief Area - Outdoor “pet parks” are located in the central terminal area, between T1 and T2, and central terminal area southeast end, near T7 and T8. An indoor pet park is located in the TBIT (Tom Bradley International Terminal).
  • Post Office - Not available.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - LAX does not offer shower facilities for the general travelling public. There are a few lounges that have showers and the USO offers showers to military members. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
  • Smoking - Permitted outside on both the Lower/Arrivals Level and Upper/Departures Level at designated areas.
  • Spa - XpresSpa. Locations: TBIT South Concourse and Terminal 5, Departures. Hours: unknown.
  • Work Stations - Set up your own office space at one of the work stations available for passengers. Locations: throughout the terminals.

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Airport Hours

Each terminal has is its own operating hours:

  • Terminal 1: 4:00AM – 11:00PM
  • Terminal 2: 4:30AM – 2:00AM
  • Terminal 3: 4:15AM – 1:00AM
  • Terminal 4: 4:00AM – 1:00AM
  • Terminal 5: 4:00AM – 1:30AM
  • Terminal 6: 4:30AM – 1:30AM
  • Terminal 7: 4:00AM – 12:00AM
  • TBIT South: 6:00AM – 1:00AM
  • TBIT North: 8:00AM – 1:00AM

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Layover Sightseeing

Do you have a long layover? With the proper documentation and a long enough layover, you may have time to leave the airport and do some sightseeing. Here are a few Los Angeles Airport Layover Sightseeing ideas. As this is a new page, if you have a suggestion for other layover sightseeing options, send a tip to editor@sleepinginairports.com and we will add it to the list.

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Terminal Map

You can view a terminal map and this walking map of all the terminals.

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Airlines

As of March 2018, Los Angeles airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Aeromexico • Air Berlin • Air Canada • Air China • Air Europa • Air France • Air Holland • Air India • Air New Zealand • ANA • Air Serbia • Air Seychelles • Air Tahiti Nui • Alaska Airlines • Alitalia • Allegiant Air • American Airlines • Asiana Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Azerbaijan Airlines • Azul Airlines • Boutique Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Casino Express • Cathay Pacific • China Airlines • China Eastern • China Southern • Compass Airlines • Condor • Copa • Delta • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Empire Airlines • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • EVA Air • Fiji Airways • Finnair • Frontier Airlines • Garuda Indonesia • GOL • Great Lakes Airlines • Gulf Air • Hainan Airlines • Hawaiian Airlines • Hong Kong Airlines • Iberia • Icelandair • InterJet • Japan Airlines • Jet Airways • JetBlue • Kalitta Air • KLM • Korean Airlines • LAN Airlines • Iberia • LOT • Lufthansa • Malaysia Airlines • MasAir • Mokulele Airlines • NetJets • Norwegian • PIA • Philippines Airlines • Qantas • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Saudi Arabian Airlines • SAS • Sichuan Airlines • Singapore Airlines • SkyWest Airlines • South African Airways • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • SriLankan Airlines • Sun Country • Swiss • TAM Brazilian Airlines • TAP Portugal • Thai Airways • Thomas Cook Airlines • Transaero • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • Vietnam Airlines • Virgin America • Virgin Atlantic • Virgin Australia • Vivaaerobus • Volaris • WestJet • WOW Air • Xiamen Air • XL Airways.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

For bus travel from the airport to the Amtrak Station, you’ll need to set aside 1 hour and 15 minutes if you travel by public transportation. A taxi ride will be significantly shorter at 35 minutes. You can grab a taxi at the curbside Lower/Arrival Level by the yellow signs. Shared ride vans are also an option. Two providers are authorized to operate, Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle.

Bus

The LAX FlyAway is a popular scheduled non-stop bus service between all LAX terminals and Van Nuys, Union Station, Westwood, Santa Monica and Hollywood. Buses are marked according to route and no reservation is required. As of this January 2018 update, one-way fare starts at $8 per person (up to two children under 5 years old may travel for free per paying adult).

Car Rentals

The following rental car companies operate on site at the airport: Advantage • Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • Fox • Payless • National • Thrifty and more. Location: look for the purple "Rental Car Shuttles" sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands outside baggage claim.

Public Transportation

There is a free shuttle bus from the Metro Green Line Aviation Station and passengers should wait at the LAX Shuttle and Airline Connections sign outside each terminal, and board the 'G' shuttle. Alternatively, take the 'C' Shuttle from the same point to get to the Metro Bus Center for buses to greater Los Angeles. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Airport website.

Scheduled Buses

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.

Taxis

Designated taxi areas are located in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands, and are marked by a yellow “Taxi” sign overhead. Authorized taxis display the official seal of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and are the only taxis allowed to service LAX.

Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttles

Many area hotels and private airport parking lots provide courtesy airport shuttle service. These buses operate from an area in front of each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands, marked by a red overhead sign that says “Hotel & Parking Lot Shuttle”.

Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard   •   Courtyard Los Angeles LAX/El Segundo   •   Crowne Plaza Los Angeles International Airport Hotel   •   Custom Hotel   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton LAX North   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles International Airport South   •   Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles-LAX Airport   •   Hyatt Place LAX El Segundo   •   Los Angeles Airport Marriott   •   Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX / Century Blvd   •   Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles   •   Super 8 Los Angeles Airport   •   Travelodge Hotel at LAX   •   Travelodge LAX South

LAX Shuttle/Airline Connections

LAX 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”.

Shared Ride Vans

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 are the authorized shared ride service providers for LAX, and provide door-to-door service in all southern California counties.

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Last Updated: 07 May 2018

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .