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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Address1 World Way, California 90045, Los Angeles, United States
Telephone(310) 646 5252
Number of terminals9
Time zoneGMT -8 (Please note: daylight savings time may apply between certain dates - please check local sources)
LocationLos Angeles International Airport is located 24km (15 miles) southwest of Los Angeles.
Airport codeLAX
Country dialling code1
Airport newsConstruction of the new USD 1.5 billion Bradley West extension to the existing Tom Bradley International Terminal, which will add 18 extra boarding gates (half of which will accommodate A380-size aircraft), is scheduled for completion in 2014.
Transfer between terminalsA free shuttle bus serves all the terminals and perimeter car park C.
Driving directionsLos Angeles International Airport is located just off the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), near the intersection of Interstates 405 and 105 (Highway 1 is also called Lincoln Boulevard just north of the airport and Sepulveda Boulevard just south of the airport). From Los Angeles, take Interstate 405 South, turn off onto Interstate 105 West, and follow signs to the airport. Traffic is heavy at peak times and the airport recommends using public transport.
Car rentalAbout 40 car hire companies serve Los Angeles International Airport, with offices located off-site. The majority of these can be contacted via courtesy telephone in the arrivals areas of all terminals. Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Fox, Payless, National and Thrifty run free shuttle bus pick-up and drop-off services from the terminals.
Public transport and taxisBus: public bus services are co-ordinated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (tel: (323) 466 3876; www.metro.net). Buses run from car park lot C, which is connected to the terminals by a free shuttle bus.
Shuttle: various airport shuttle bus and mini-van services run to destinations all over southern California, including the Metropolitan Express (tel: 800 266 6883; www.metropolitanshuttle.com) to central Los Angeles and Union Station, and the FlyAway Bus (tel: 1 866 435 9529), which provides services between the airport and Union Station, Westwood Station and Van Nuys Station. The journey time to central Los Angeles is 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic.
Taxi: taxis stop outside the terminals on the lower (Arrivals) level. Authorised taxis serve Los Angeles International Airport and display fixed-fare tariffs to local destinations.
Metro: a free shuttle bus (bus G) connects Los Angeles International Airport to the Aviation Station on the green line of the Metro light rail network (tel: (323) 466 3876; www.metro.net).
Car parkingThere are about 8,000 parking spaces available in eight centrally located car parks, providing both short and long-term parking. The two perimeter car parks (lots B and C) offer cheaper daily rates; the LAX shuttle runs between car park C and the terminals. Metered parking is available in the central terminal area and on the Arrivals level uncovered car parks. The Economy Parking Lot has with more than 7,000 spaces, and is linked to the terminals via a free shuttle-bus service. There is also a ‘Cell Phone Waiting Lot’ for those collecting arriving passengers.
Information and help desksTravelers Aid booths are located on the lower level (Arrivals) of each terminal near baggage reclaim. These also provide information and assistance for disabled passengers. Los Angeles International Airport has a 24-hour recorded information line (tel: (310) 646 5252).
Airport FacilitiesMoney and communications: ATMs and bureaux de change are available in all terminals. So are internet access facilities, including wireless internet access. Public phones are available in all terminals, and mobile phone rental is available at the Arrivals level in the TBI Terminal. Free electrical recharging stations for mobile phones and laptops are available in all terminals.
Eating and drinking: there are numerous fast-food outlets, bars, coffee shops, restaurants and ice cream parlours across the airport.
Shopping: shops are plentiful at the airport; duty-free shopping is available in terminals 2-7 and in the TBI Terminal; newsagents, gift shops and bookshops are also widely available.
Luggage: trolleys are available. There are no longer electronic baggage lockers at the airport. Instead, LAX Internatinal Baggage Service (tel: (310) 863 4109) has a service in place for baggage to be picked up at the airport, stored outside of the airport and then returned to the traveller at an appointed time. Lost property is handed to the LAX Airport Police (tel: (310) 417 0440).
Other facilities: there is a first aid station in the TBI Terminal. AED units (defibrillators) are located throughout the airport.
Conference and business facilitiesNotary services are available in the TBI Terminal, at the ICE Currency Exchange booth on the departures level. Fax and photocopying is available at the ICE Currency Exchange booth on the arrivals level of the same terminal. There is a boardroom in Terminal 3, provided by Alaska Airlines (tel: (310) 342 4476), and two conference rooms in Terminal 1, provided by US Airways (tel: (310) 348 7914). General conference facilities are available at nearby hotels. The Radisson Hotel LAX (tel: (310) 670 9000; www.radisson.com), and the Hilton Los Angeles Airport (tel: (310) 410 4000; www1.hilton.com) provide meeting and event rooms.
Disabled facilitiesFacilities for the disabled include ramps and lifts, adapted toilets, wheelchair-accessible restaurants, and TDD telephones in all terminals. All airport car parks have plenty of disabled spaces, and lift-equipped shuttle buses run between car parks B and C and the terminals. Wheelchairs can be requested from individual airlines; disabled passengers are advised to inform their airline of their requirements in advance. There is a TDD information line (tel: (310) 417 0439).
Airport hotelsThere are numerous hotels either at or near Los Angeles International Airport. Hotel reservation boards are located on the arrivals level in each terminal; these are equipped with courtesy telephones for reservations. A hotel reservations office is located in the baggage reclaim areas of all terminals. Many hotels offer free shuttle services to and from the airport. Our Los Angeles International Airport guide includes the following accommodation options: 

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
The 1,000-plus room Hilton Los Angeles Airport is adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport and provides a shuttle service to the terminals. The hotel has a range of dining facilities, as well as indoor and outdoor meeting space, an on-site business centre and fitness facilities.
5711 West Century Boulevard
California 90045, United States
Tel: (310) 410 4000
Web: www.hilton.com

Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport
Holiday Inn Los Angeles International Airport is located less than 2km (1.2 miles) from Los Angeles International Airport and provides a complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus service to and from the terminals. Other facilities include meeting space, free wi-fi internet access, a business centre, and an outdoor heated swimming pool.
9901 La Cienega Boulevard
California 90045, United States
Tel: (310) 649 5151
Web: www.ichotelsgroup.com

Crowne Plaza Hotel Los Angeles Airport
Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at Los Angeles International Airport and provides a complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus service to and from the terminal buildings. Hotel facilities include a jazz club, a restaurant and a fitness centre.
5985 West Century Boulevard
California 90045, United States
Tel: (310) 642 7500
Web: www.ichotelsgroup.com

Best Western Airport Plaza Inn
Best Western Airport Plaza Inn is located 4km (3 miles) from Los Angeles International Airport and provides a courtesy shuttle bus service to and from the terminals. The hotel offers free parking, high-speed internet access and spa facilities.
1730 Centinela Avenue
California 90302, United States
Tel: (310) 568 0071
Web: book.bestwestern.com

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Airport
Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Airport is within walking distance of the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport. The 508-room hotel comes with a fully equipped gym, a large pool, an on-site restaurant and extensive conference space.
6225 West Century Boulevard
California 90045 United States
Tel: (310) 670 9000
Web: www.radisson.com
Full airport nameLos Angeles International Airport
CityLos Angeles
CountryUnited States of America
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