LAX Airside Connections Between Terminals
Originally published October, 2014 and updated: 6/3/2016 to add photos of the connection tunnel between Terminal 4 and Tom Bradley International Terminal.
From September 11, 2011 until 2014, the tunnels connecting terminals 4 through 6 were closed. Fortunately in preparation for the connection of the Tom Bradley International Terminal to Terminal 4, these tunnels were reopened to the public. With United, Delta, Alaska, American all operating out of these terminals, it should be possible to connect between all of these terminals airside without the need for a shuttle. (Terminal map.)
Unfortunately at this time Terminals 1-3 are not connected airside. The tunnel that connects Terminal 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal opened in 2015.
Connecting from LAX Terminal 4 to Terminal 6
To connect from American Airlines in Terminal 4 to any other airline in Terminals 5 or 6, simply head to gate 44 and go down the first escalator.
At the bottom of the first escalator you will find the American Airlines & US Airways Express shuttle bus stop. Take the second escalator to the left.
Once you have reached the bottom of this escalator do not go down the tunnel in front of you. This tunnel, which is pictured below goes to baggage claim. It does not go to the other Terminals.
Instea of going straight through the tunnel pictured above, when you reach the bottom of the escalator, make a u-turn to find the tunnel leading towards Terminals 5 & 6.
The tunnel that connects Terminals 4 & 5 is long and white. It is actually quite eery.
Eventually you will reach an escalator. If you want to go up to the Delta gates at Terminal 5, you can get to them from here. To continue to Terminal 6, head off to the left as shown below.
After a short while you will reach a T-intersection. Follow the signs for Terminal 6 and take a right turn at the T.
Thankfully the tunnel between terminals 5 & 6 has been decorated by Delta. Just follow the signs and you will eventually arrive at an escalator leading up to Terminal 6.
Connecting from LAX Terminal 6 to Terminal 4
Head down the following escalator to the basement. It is located next to the Ruby’s Diner in Terminal 6 as shown.
Once at the bottom of the escalator, keep going straight and follow the signs towards Terminal 5.
You will eventually reach the blue tunnel which connects the two terminals.
At the end of the blue tunnel, keep following the signs for Delta’s gates 50-59.
When you reach the escalator for Terminal 5, continue forward, following the sign for Terminal 4 as shown below.
You will now be in the stark white tunnel. Continue straight through this tunnel to reach Terminal 4.
At the end of the white tunnel you will find an escalator. Head up to get to Terminal 4. The first escalator leads to a small connecting platform. Continue on to the second escalator to reach Terminal 4.
You are now at Gate 44 in Terminal 4.
Connecting from Terminal 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal
In 2016 the tunnel connecting American’s Terminal 4 to the Tom Bradley International Terminal officially opened. The tunnel is located just past security in terminal 4. If you are coming from another terminal, follow the instructions above for getting to Terminal 4 and then make your way towards security and turn left just before exiting.
Make your way to the escalators and then go up to reach the connection bridge/tunnel.
There are a few long corridors to walk through without any moving walkways. The views to the left of the taxiway are great for planespotting!
It is quite a long walk, but eventually you will reach moving walkways to help you out a bit. The moving walkways mean you are about halfway there.
Finally you will you see the Tom Bradley International Terminal check-in area to your right. Just up ahead you will emerge airside at the newly remodeled terminal. You do not need to go back through security.
LAX is not one of my favorite airports to fly through, however the tunnels between terminals and now the connection to Tom Bradley International Terminal help a lot. If you are flying on Alaska, American, Delta, United or an International Carrier, things are much easier than before. As of now I am not aware of plans to connect Terminals 1-3, so unfortunately there is still some frustrations when connecting to carriers such as Southwest and Virgin America.