John Wayne Airport (SNA)
As the largest airport in Orange County, John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana provides you with plenty of transportation options into the city center, local attractions, hotels, and other locations in Orange County.
Buses from Santa Ana are run privately and also offered by the city. The Disneyland Resort Express for those coming to Disneyland, costs $20 USD per adult and $15 USD per child for a one-way express trip to Disneyland’s surrounding hotels. Orange County Transport Authority (OCTA) buses run from the airport to city center. Use Routes 76 and 212 from the airport. The OCTA single fare is $2 USD per person, but you can buy a day pass for just $5 USD per person. Children 3 and under ride free with a parent.
More than 500 limousine companies privately operate in Santa Ana and service the airport, so you have plenty of options to bargain-hunt. The company must have a license to perform pick-ups at the airport, so request that they show proof of their permissions.
Multiple shuttle companies operate in the area, including ABC Shuttle, Advance Shuttle, New Express Transportation, and Shuttle 2000. All of them offer door-to-door drops from the airport to your hotel. You might also have a free airport shuttle offered by your hotel, so check at booking. Fares vary for shuttles depending on the type of service and distance to be traveled.
Taxis in Santa Ana are expensive, but offer faster travel times than public transportation. The Yellow Cab company operates solely for the airport commuters and you can find them on the Arrival Level between Terminal A and Terminal B. Fares as of July 2017 are $3.50 USD for the flag drop and first 1/5 mile. Then, you pay $0.55 USD per 1/5 mile and $2.75 USD per mile. There is also a $32.00 USD per hour wait fee and $0.53 USD per minute wait fee.
Uber, Lyft, and Wingz are some of the services that operate within Santa Ana. Their fares depend on the number of people, type of vehicle you select, and the time of day you are traveling. Expect a higher fee if traveling during peak rush hour traffic times.
Rather than spend more on taxis, consider driving yourself. Look for deals on car rentals in Santa Ana with momondo. Other rental companies in the area include Advantage Rent A Car, National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz Rent A Car, and other providers.