Making your way through the LAX Airport to connect to your International flight Down Under
When you travel “down under” you most likely will travel through the Los Angeles International Airport or LAX. If you haven’t done this before, it can be intimidating.
Here are just some basic steps you need to do to get to the International Terminal (this is where QANTAS, Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways and Virgin Australia depart and arrive.
- You arrive at LAX on the second floor, you make your way to the first floor and will depart from the ground floor (baggage area). After collecting any bags (if you didn’t check them through to your destination), you will exit the terminal.
- Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I usually take Alaska or Delta, so my arrival is either terminal or 6 for Alaska, and 5 for Delta. But check the map for your carrier.
- Once outside, you can either walk to Tom Bradley International Terminal or take the shuttle which runs counter clockwise
NOTE: LAX is shaped like a U with Terminals 1,2,3, on the right side, Terminal B, or Tom Bradley Terminal (bottom of the U) and then terminals 5,6,7,8 on the left.
If you look at a map, it makes getting to the B terminal easier. Check your air itinerary it should say at which terminal your carrier should depart and arrive.
- Look for the Blue Sign for the Airport Shuttle-airline connection.
The other shuttles will not work.
- I find 3 hours between flights going and returning has been enough time to change terminals. Two hours may not be enough, especially in winter with the extra delays.
- When you get on the Coach, travel to Tom Bradley Terminal or B. When you get off the coach, you are on the ground floor or departure area of Tom Bradley Terminal. Go inside, you need to go to the elevators either to your Right or Left located in the front corner of the terminal. You need to go up to the 2nd floor to the Arrivals hall.
- Proceed to your carrier, and check into your flight.
Luggage: the carriers do weigh both your carryon and your checked bag. Make sure they are not over weight, you who will either (1) Be repacking on the airport floor or (2) Pay a lot for extra weight
- Once you get checked in, proceed through security, then continue to your gate. Now you can shop, eat or whatever depending on the time of your departure!
Happy Flying to your destination!