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Disneyland California: Closest Airports and Ground Transportation Choices

By Rebecca L James

When traveling to the Disneyland Resort in California by airplane, there are several airports which are close to the theme parks. Four of these airports are within an hour’s drive (depending on traffic) from Anaheim. All of these four airports are also within 40 miles or so from the resort. Here is a list of the airports with their approximate distance as well as expected driving times (depending on traffic) to the theme parks. (I have listed them from nearest to farthest).

  • John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
    13 miles, approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB)
    18 miles, approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
    35 miles, approximately 50 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Ontario International Airport (ONT)
    36 miles, approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic.

The advantages to flying into the three smaller airports (LAX is the largest) are: they are closer to Disneyland, it may be faster to rent a car there and the airfare may be comparable in price. It is certainly worth checking and comparing prices for airfare before booking your flight.

Once you have booked your flight you will need to decide how you will get from the airport to the Disneyland Resort. If you’re planning on visiting other attractions besides Disneyland, you may want to consider renting a car. All four airports have the following car rental companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Fox (except for LGB), Hertz and National. Advantage, Dollar, Enterprise, Payless and Thrifty can be found at some of the four airports.

If you don’t want to rent a car, there are several other choices for transportation from the airports to Disneyland. These choices are, as follows:

Taxi Service
this may be your best option depending on what airport you are flying into and what the size of your party is. If you are flying into SNA or LGB, and have at least 3 people, then the cost for a taxi will probably be your cheapest bet – around $45 one way plus tip. This is a flat rate charge but may be higher if you get stuck in traffic. The other advantages to taking a taxi are: there is always a taxi waiting outside of the airport-so no waiting for a bus or van, up to 6 people can ride for the same cost, and you won’t have to make additional stops at other hotels, etc. before getting to your hotel. You will need to make an advance reservation when going from your hotel back to the airport.

Disneyland Express Bus Service
this is a large air-conditioned bus that services LAX and SNA airports. This bus service is operated by Gray/Line Coach America (not to be confused with another company called “Disneyland Express” which provides van service). The advantages are that you do not need to make a reservation ahead of time, and that it is a fairly inexpensive service. The price is approximately $32/roundtrip for adults from LAX and $25/roundtrip for children. These prices do not include tips. If you pay in advance, then the price is approximately $28/adult roundtrip. The disadvantages to this service are that they only leave once every hour and that you may make several stops before arriving at your hotel.

Shuttle Van Shared Service
this service, which is available at all four airports, picks you up at several locations at the airport. The most recognizable of this type of service is “Super Shuttle”. A Shuttle Van Shared Service picks up other people besides your group. Average cost is around $33 each way for the first adult, plus a lower charge for each additional member of your party. This price does not include a tip. Generally, children under 3 can travel for free. The disadvantages to this type of service are that you do need to make reservations in advance, and it may take longer to get to your hotel depending on how many other stops they make first.

Private Transportation
this is a town car or van service where the driver meets you at the baggage carousel holding up a sign with your name on it. You are the only party that the driver is picking up, so the advantage is that you will be taken straight to your hotel. Usually you can request a short grocery stop at no additional cost. (You would want to request this extra stop at the time that you make your reservation). Depending on the vehicle, this service can usually accommodate 4 to 9 people. Although this service might be costly for only 1 to 2 people, it may be comparable in price to the Shuttle Van Shared Service or Disneyland Express Bus Service when you have a larger party. This is especially true from the airports that are further away from Disneyland, like LAX and ONT.


By Rebecca L JamesRebecca L James is the author of two books: “Disneyland Resort Insider Tips Revealed:How to Maximize Your Day at the California Theme Parks” – available at and “Pet Sitting Basics 101;How to Start a Successful Pet Sitting Business” – available at She is the married mother of two children, who also loves animals. Rebecca enjoys traveling with family and friends. During her frequent trips to the Disneyland Resort in California, she enjoys gathering tips about how to save money and ideas about new and unusual things to do.

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