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Delta LAX Shuttle Bus Moves Gates at Terminal 2 – Where to Now Find It

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Delta’s LAX inter-terminal shuttle bus recently changed its departure and arrival location at Terminal 2. Here’s where to find it.

Quick Background

As part of its LAX expansion, Delta moved from terminals 5 and 6 to terminals and 2 and 3.

LAX was outdated before the Wright Brothers first took flight. 😉 So of course Terminals 2, 3, and Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) aren’t connected airside through traditional methods (walkways, trams, trains).

While Delta undergoes its renovations of Terminals 2 and 3, and connects 2, 3, and TBIT, buses shuttle passengers between all three.

T2’s departure point was originally gate 22. It’s now moved across the hall to GATE 21.

A sign at LAX airport Terminal 2, gate 22 instructs directs shuttle bus passengers to gate 21. © Chris Carley / PointsLounge

Farther Yet Faster

Despite gate 21 being farther from T3 than gate 22 was, the ride from T2 is actually now faster.

How?

The original shuttle bus route was sandwiched in the alley between T2 and T3. That side is full of planes either pushing or arriving — which meant the buses had to wait for planes to clear the way. Buses encounter less traffic now when departing from gate 21.

Delta Terminal 2 Shuttle Bus Departure and Arrival Location

After clearing security — hopefully, you have CLEAR and TSA PreCheck...

Instructions to the TSA PreCheck and CLEAR areas at LAX airport Terminal 2 security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester, CA. © Chris Carley / PointsLounge
Use the escalator or steps on the right side to get to TSA Pre√ and CLEAR.

…take a hard right. You’ll see gate 21 — which is an active gate boarding and deplaning flights.

A sign at gate 21 directs passengers to Delta shuttle bus queues in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester, CA. © Chris Carley / PointsLounge

Keep venturing right and you’ll see the two shuttle bus queues: one for Terminal 3 (gates 30-39) and the other for TBIT. (Yes, the sign above says gates 130-150 and the one below 120-160…)

Delta shuttle bus queues for in Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester, CA. © Chris Carley / PointsLounge

Escalators or the elevator will take you down to the tarmac.

Passengers board a Delta shuttle bus at Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport in Westchester, CA. © Chris Carley / PointsLounge

From there, board the bus and grab a seat.

The ride from T2 to T3 is about 3 minutes, door to door. It’s about 10 minutes from T2 to TBIT — and then a nice, long walk to the Delta gates. (Or if you have a driving desire to visit the KAL Lounge, you can take the shuttle to TBIT)

Regardless of your destination terminal, add another 10 minutes for the bus to arrive and board.

We at RenesPoints prefer the T2 Sky Club to the T3 “main” lounge and its satellite counterpart. So even if your flight departs from T3, you can clear security at T2, enjoy the T2 Sky Club, and then shuttle over to T3.

Score a Porsche?

Diamond Medallions: keep your eyes peeled for Delta Porsche reps. They occasionally ferry passengers between terminals and offer rides to Delta Diamonds!

 

Delta Diamond Medallion Porsche at Los Angeles International Airport - LAX - in California.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!

Planespotting and #AvGeek Tips

During the T2 to T3 ride, the right side of the bus features runway and taxiway views — which can be pretty cool, especially during the mid-to-late afternoon international departures, which feature A380s, A350s, and a stray 747 here and there!

The left side presents an up-close view of Delta jets big and small. – Chris

 

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks for the heads up, Chris. I’m headed to LAX early next week and indeed will be using the shuttles.

  2. Don in ATL

    @Chris, very timely. I have a 1:10 connection at LAX from Domestic T2 to Tom Bradley Intl. I’m Diamond. How do I know if I scored a Porche? Do they wait for you at the aircraft door with a sign with your name on it????? Thanks.

  3. @Don in ATL: Keep an eye out in the jetbridge for a rep holding a sign with your name on it. Reps occasionally are at the shuttle bus boarding areas and ask if there are any DMs.

  4. @Don in ATL: My pleasure. Closer to departure date, you may want to direct message @Delta on Twitter and ask them if it’s possible to please have a Porsche waiting. Also, terminals change *all the time* — my HND flight left from TBIT one day but T2 the previous day. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been scheduled to go into or out of T2 and been moved to T3.

  5. Don in ATL

    @Chris, you said a long walk in TBIT to the Delta Gates. Which gate at the TBIT does the shuttle drop you off at? Thanks.

  6. @Don in ATL: If you look at this PDF, the bus drop off — depending on construction, because a midfield terminal is being built, causing all sorts of additional changes — is at the far right end (I think it says “Bus Gates.”)

    The walk isn’t “OMG!” long but it still takes a bit and there are some twists and turns. FWIW, my LAX-HND flight left from gate 134.

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