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Introduction to our LAX Arrivals and Departures Guide…
If you’re visiting LA or heading out of the city by air, then it’s likely you’ll be using Los Angeles International Airport on your travels. It’s one of America’s largest international airports, as well as the biggest and busiest in the Greater LA area and the state of California itself. At the time of writing, LAX offers 742 daily nonstop domestic flights to more than a hundred US cities and 1,280 weekly nonstop international flights to 77 cities across 42 countries.
The Central Terminal Area of LAX has 9 passenger terminals, which feature various:
- Restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges
- Gift shops and newsstands
- Duty free shops for international flights
- A first-aid station
- Business centers
- Airline lounges, including the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge and the Oneworld Lounge at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. We also wrote about the Oneworld Lounge here when it first opened.
You may well have noticed the iconic space-age Theme Building at LAX, which has an observation deck and a ground-floor cafeteria. From the observation deck, you can get a 360-degree view of arriving and departing planes, but you can also get great views from outside of the In-N-Out Burger outlet that’s next to the runway on Sepulveda Blvd.
There’s a free shuttle at LAX to get you between terminals, to the Economy Parking Lot (which is adjacent to the LAX Bus Transit Center) and the Metro Rail Green Line Aviation Station that connects you to LA’s public rail system.
Shopping at LAX
The airport website, Los Angeles World Airports, lists all the available retail outlets at LAX here, stating which are pre or post-security. From Book Soup to Bvlgari, Sunglass Hut to Victoria’s Secret, there’s something for everyone’s budget.
Food and drink at LAX
Whether you’re after a simple snack from Dunkin Donuts, a sandwich meal from ink.sack or champagne and caviar at Petrossian, LAX has dozens of options. Plus there’s no less than nine Starbucks in the airport!
What else do I need to know about the LAX Arrivals and Departures Guide?
This handy guide on Los Angeles World Airports tells you all about the security procedures, what you can and cannot pack in your checked or cabin luggage, when to arrive for your flight and much more.
If you’re visiting Los Angeles, check out our things to do guide here.