TRAVEL TIPS

Holiday Airport Travel Tips for LAX

December 2016

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for travel. From Thanksgiving through New Year's, hundreds of thousands of travelers make their way through LAX. Plan ahead using these 12 time-saving tips:

1
NO RED
NOSE NEEDED.
Not sure the terminal for your airline? Use our handy terminal finder to know where to go. LAXisHappening.com now also has terminal specific information, highlighting available dining & shopping options at every terminal, as well as terminal maps and construction impacts.
2
HARK! THE CELL PHONE
WAITING LOT AWAITS.
Motorists picking up holiday out-of-town guests at the airport can wait up to two hours for free until their passengers arrive and call to be picked up.
  • The lot is located off W. 96th Street, right next to LAX Parking Lot C.
  • Travelers can also take the "C" Shuttle to get to the Cell Phone Waiting Lot.
3
MAKE A LIST -
CHECK IT TWICE!
Take a minute to review the TSA checklist regarding what you can and can't pack in your checked and carry-on luggage when traveling this holiday season. Leave any gifts and parcels unwrapped so that security can inspect them.
4
NO SLEIGH? USE
LAX FLYAWAY!
LAX FlyAway® buses offer regularly scheduled round trips for a reasonable cost, seven days a week, between LAX and these locations:
  • Van Nuys (San Fernando Valley)
  • Pastsaouras Bus Plaza (east side of Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles and near the El Monte Busway)
  • Westwood (West Los Angeles/UCLA)
  • Hollywood (northeast corner of Selma Ave. and Argyle Ave. - one block south of Hollywood Blvd.)
  • Orange Line (south side of Victory Blvd., east of Woodley Ave., along the Metro Orange Line bus route)
  • Long Beach (northwest corner of 1st St. and Long Beach Blvd. at Shelter A of the Long Beach Transit Gallery)
5
'TIS THE SEASON
FOR SHORTCUTS.
You can circle LAX around the World Way loop. Depending on your terminal, there are two shortcuts that cross the airport to get you on your merry way.

The East Way Shortcut (a sharp left across from Terminal 1) takes you to Terminals 5, 6 & 7 on the Lower/Arrivals Level and to Terminals 6 & 7 on the Upper/Departures Level.

The West Way Shortcut on the Upper/Departures Level helps you avoid Lower/Arrivals Level World Way Loop traffic. After a sharp left just past Terminal 2, make a fast right at the sign "to Arrivals." You'll end up across from the Tom Bradley International Terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level. Go left to reach Terminals 4, 5, 6 & 7 on the Lower Level.
6
CLAUS FOR
CELEBRATION.
Treat yourself to some of LAX's newest eateries, featuring both local and fan favorites such as:
  • Built Custom Burgers or the SeaLegs Wine Bar in T2
  • Ford's Filling Station or Rock & Brews in T5
  • Wahoo's Fish Tacos or Starbucks Evenings in T6
See the full list of dining options here or by terminal.
7
LEAVE EARLY –
BE JOLLY.
Because LAX is undergoing modernization and renovations, there may be more traffic than normal on some days.

Visit our real time traffic map before you go. Airport officials recommend passengers departing LAX during peak travel periods (6 a.m. – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) arrive in their airline's ticketing lobbies two hours before boarding time for domestic flights and three hours before boarding time for international flights.
8
AVOID "PEAK TIME"
HUSTLE & BUSTLE.
During peak morning times, departing passengers dropped off on the Lower/Arrivals Level can take an elevator or escalator to the busy Upper/Departures Level.

If you're picking up an arriving passenger during peak evening times, suggest picking them up on the Upper/Departures Level.
9
LAST MINUTE
SHOPPING?
Whether passing time between or before a flight, LAX has you covered for last-minute gifts:
  • …from beauty and make-up, including MAC Cosmetics in T6, Bliss in TBIT or Duty Free Shops in T2-T7
  • …to fashion, such as LA-chic Fred Segal, or Victoria Secret or Coach in TBIT
  • …or L.A.-exclusive gear, such as Harley Davidson in T7 or Magic Johnson Sports in T5 A same day boarding pass can get you into any terminal to shop till you depart!
See the entire list of retail here or by terminal. All passengers are welcome to shop at Duty Free Shops (though normal sales tax applies for passengers traveling domestically.)
10
BEST PRESENT
EVER.
Just look for the blue "LAX Shuttle & Airline Connections" signs outside each terminal on the Lower/Arrivals Level.
  • The Airline Connection Bus or "A" shuttle loops the airport and can pick up / drop off at any terminal.
  • The "C" shuttle transports passengers to and from Parking Lot C. Parking Lot C is also the location of the Metro Bus Center, where travelers can access city buses serving the Los Angeles area, and the Cell Phone Waiting Lot, where you can wait up to two hours for free for arriving passengers.
  • The Metro Rail Green Line "G" shuttle is for passengers going to the Metro Rail Green Line Station at Aviation and Imperial Ave. Note that the G Lot is for Green Line Metro passengers only, though departing passengers with a small bag can be dropped off at the G Lot to hop on the "G" shuttle to the airport.
11
TIPS FOR PARKING
YOUR SLED.
Parking structures 3 and 4 are under construction. While still open, we're adding new elevators and improving stairways. Consider using this helpful map to navigate your way in and out of the parking structures or consider parking in another structure.
12
ALL
HOLLY-DAY TIPS.
Watch for our holiday icons on Twitter (@flyLAXAirport) and Facebook (LAInternationalAirport) for travel tips throughout the season!