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Can You Walk Off LAX? What You Need to Know

  • Air Travel
  • Renee Martin
  • 4 minutes

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Even though it isn’t the busiest airport in the world or even in the country, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) serves as the starting or ending point for more travelers than any other airport in the world.

Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view from Los Angeles, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

That means there are more people than at any other airport in the world trying to push their way through the airport’s notoriously gridlocked horseshoe.

It’s even worse than usual right now because the airport is undergoing a major construction project. The reconstruction involves temporarily (that’s what they’re saying) moving taxis and ride-hailing services out of the airport to an external lot. You must now take a shuttle to get there, and some travelers have complained about long wait times. Not to mention significant inconveniences if you arrive with crying children and a large number of bags. It’s equally tough if you are aged or disabled. That’s why it’s always a good idea to book LAX parking ahead.

LAX parking

This also means that travelers flying out of LAX Airport have several questions about the airport, including what can and cannot be done.

Don’t worry, help is here! The following information should help sort things out (at least a little bit).

What exactly is LAX’s notorious horseshoe?

The ‘horseshoe’ is just the road stretch connecting LAX’s nine terminals. It is the location where passengers are dropped off and picked up. This is probably the most irritating one-mile stretch of road in all of Southern California. At times the horseshoe can take more than an hour to complete a loop around the airport during peak hours.

The current construction project is intended to untangle the traffic. This work will necessitate the temporary removal of car lanes from within the airport’s horseshoe.

Do rideshares till drop off and pick up passengers at LAX?

For the time being, ride-hailing cars and taxis are still permitted to drop off passengers, so your departure experience will be the same. If you’ve arrived at LAX and want to leave by cab or app, you’ll need to get to LAX-it. Take one of the green LAX-it buses to the pickup lot. They are clearly marked and pick up passengers at the inside curb on the arrival level of each terminal.

What are they constructing at LAX?

Unlike most large airports, LAX lacks an in-airport transportation system. This is expected to change by 2023 when the LAX airport opens an “Automated People Mover” rail system (APM). The APM will connect the terminals to Metro Rail, an offsite drop-off/pickup location, a transit hub, and a consolidated rental car facility.

Can you walk off LAX?

Yes, you can walk off LAX Airport if you are a legal resident of the USA.

Is it possible to walk out of LAX?

It is possible to walk out of LAX, but it would be easier to hop on to a shuttle.

Can you walk to In N Out from LAX?

The sidewalk on Sepulveda Blvd is probably the quickest way to get to In-N-Out Burger from certain LAX terminals (e.g., T1). This is about a 15-minute walk. Take the sidewalk outside T1 from the lower (arrival) level, cross Vickburg Ave, and walk east towards Sepulveda Blvd.

Can I walk anywhere from LAX?

There aren’t a whole lot of places that are close to LAX. But you can walk to the Green Mile Metro stop and get to where you need to go from there.

Cheap LAX parking

Can you walk through the LAX terminals?

You can walk between all terminals in LAX. Airside underground and above-ground walkways connect Terminals 4-8, with Terminal 4 also connecting to International Terminal B via a connector bridge.


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