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When is the best time to fly to Santa Ana?

Santa Ana in Orange County (The OC) is one of those iconic Southern California locations that has picture-perfect weather year-round. The beaches are always open, the waters welcoming, and the activities blossoming like spring flowers. The Pacific Ocean provides a natural breeze for Santa Ana, which means even when the temperatures rise, the breeze will keep you nice and cool. Ideally, the best time to head over to Santa Ana is when school is in session for the locals, but also when the ocean waters are favorable. Try to visit at the end of August and into November. On average, Santa Ana stays at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, so it really does not get uncomfortably hot at any time of the year.

  • What is the absolute cheapest flight to Santa Ana?

    The best deal found on momondo in the last two weeks was a flight to Santa Ana from San Diego for $66. This is 94% cheaper than most flight deals to Santa Ana. To find the cheapest price to Santa Ana from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.

  • What is the cheapest month to fly to Santa Ana?

    The cheapest month to fly to Santa Ana from United States is in August. Flight prices, which tend to average around $256, are often lower during this time because this is during the off-season. The month of July is another great option to travel to Santa Ana, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $304.

  • How far in advance should I book a flight to Santa Ana?

    In general, most travelers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Santa Ana is about 25 days prior to their departure date when tickets on average are $413. In the past 72 hours, momondo users found flights from United States to Santa Ana for as low as $36.

  • What is the cheapest day to depart on your flight to Santa Ana?

    On average, the least expensive day to fly to Santa Ana from United States is on a Saturday. momondo users have found tickets for Saturday departures for as low as $396. However, this price may fluctuate depending on the airline, the season, and holidays. On the other hand, Monday is the most expensive day to depart from United States because it is more convenient for both business and leisure travelers. As a result, prices tend to be around $492.

  • What is the cheapest time of day to depart on your flight to Santa Ana?

    Our data shows that the cheapest United States to Santa Ana flights are usually those with departure times in the evening. Our users have found flights to Santa Ana in the evening for as low as $275. Try not to purchase tickets in the afternoon because they tend to be around $507. Of course, these prices can vary depending on the time of year and what airport you fly to.

  • Is there a good place to hike near Santa Ana?

    During the warmer months, hikers around the Santa Ana area find that parks like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park are the best for taking long walks with their families and/or pets. Those looking for this type of experience are likely best suited to fly to Santa Ana in January, February, or March.

  • Is there an alternative airport near Santa Ana?

    Those flying to Santa Ana could potentially find better pricing at Long Beach Municipal Airport (17 mi from Santa Ana city center), Ontario Airport (26 mi from Santa Ana city center), Hawthorne Airport (29 mi from Santa Ana city center), Los Angeles Airport (34 mi from Santa Ana city center) or Burbank Bob Hope Airport (42 mi from Santa Ana city center) depending on the month and departure airport.

  • Is there a cheaper alternative to flying into Santa Ana?

    With an average price of $475 per person, Burbank Bob Hope Airport is the cheapest airport to fly into when planning your trip to Santa Ana. This price can fluctuate based on where you are flying from. momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool can help users find the best prices.


Can I fly to Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty from United States right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions for travel to Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty within the United States

Most visitors from United States need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United States must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from United States are not required to quarantine after entering Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty.

Can I fly back to United States from Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty?

Returning to United States from Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to United States.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Santa Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty are not required to quarantine after entering United States.

If you are planning to travel to Santa Ana at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.

Santa Ana flight deals found on momondo

Check out some of the best fares from airports in United States to Santa Ana found recently by users on momondo
Spirit Airlines
Oct 16
SMF8:55 amSacramento Intl
1h 32m
SNA10:27 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Oct 18
SNA6:36 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
1h 29m
SMF8:05 amSacramento Intl
Spirit Airlines
Oct 7
OAK4:37 pmOakland
1h 27m
SNA6:04 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Oct 9
SNA2:20 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
1h 27m
OAK3:47 pmOakland
Spirit Airlines
Oct 26
SMF8:55 amSacramento Intl
1h 32m
SNA10:27 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Oct 27
SNA6:36 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
1h 29m
SMF8:05 amSacramento Intl
Spirit Airlines
Oct 19
OAK4:37 pmOakland
1h 27m
SNA6:04 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Oct 26
SNA2:20 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
1h 27m
OAK3:47 pmOakland
Spirit Airlines
Oct 13
SMF8:55 amSacramento Intl
1h 32m
SNA10:27 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Oct 16
SNA6:36 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
1h 29m
SMF8:05 amSacramento Intl
Spirit Airlines
Nov 4
OAK4:37 pmOakland
1h 27m
SNA6:04 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Nov 6
SNA2:20 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
1h 27m
OAK3:47 pmOakland

Find the cheapest one-way flights to Santa Ana

If you're looking for one-way flights from United States to Santa Ana, view some of our deals below provided by Frontier and Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines
Oct 9
SMF8:55 amSacramento Intl
1h 32m
SNA10:27 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Spirit Airlines
Oct 14
OAK4:37 pmOakland
1h 27m
SNA6:04 pmSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty
Spirit Airlines
Oct 16
SMF8:55 amSacramento Intl
1h 32m
SNA10:27 amSanta Ana J. Wayne/Orange Cnty

Which airlines fly to Santa Ana?

Here you can see a selection of the most popular and cheapest airlines for flights to Santa Ana

Domestic non-stop flights are operated by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and WestJet. For cheap flights to Santa Ana, consider booking with Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and WestJet, but be prepared for a layover or two, depending on which route you fly.


Airports near Santa Ana

Below you will find all the airports in Santa Ana along with the distance from the city center

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.

Bus

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.

Limousine

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.

Shuttles

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.

Taxi

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.

Ride share

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.

Car Rentals

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.


Popular routes to Santa Ana

Most frequently searched flights to Santa Ana along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Las Vegas to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time1h 01m
Cheapest price$24
Sacramento to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time1h 28m
Cheapest price$38
Oakland, California to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time1h 19m
Cheapest price$39
Reno to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time1h 19m
Cheapest price$44
Austin to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time3h 11m
Cheapest price$44
Dallas to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time3h 11m
Cheapest price$56
Philadelphia to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time7h 20m
Cheapest price$60
Atlanta to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time4h 28m
Cheapest price$60
Denver to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time2h 23m
Cheapest price$61
Seattle to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time2h 33m
Cheapest price$66
Chicago to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time4h 15m
Cheapest price$67
Detroit to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time8h 07m
Cheapest price$67
New York to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time5h 57m
Cheapest price$67
Orlando to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time6h 58m
Cheapest price$67
Portland to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time2h 15m
Cheapest price$70
Minneapolis to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time3h 45m
Cheapest price$78
Indianapolis to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time5h 58m
Cheapest price$79
San Francisco to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time1h 27m
Cheapest price$86
Charlotte to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time6h 58m
Cheapest price$88
Pittsburgh to Santa Ana Flights
Fastest flight time8h 10m
Cheapest price$90

Orange County Transportation Authority

The best way to get around is by utilizing the OCTA. Fares are expensive if you pay by cash; therefore, purchase a Local Day Pass at $5 USD per person or an Express One-Day Pass at $14 USD per person for express routes.

Metrolink

The Metrolink is part of the OCTA and if you use the day passes, you get free transfers. Also, you can purchase an EZ transit pass, which gives you free all-day travel in Los Angeles and Orange County areas. A $10 USD Weekend Day Pass is good for unlimited travel on the Metrolink system through either Saturday or Sunday. Similar to the OCTA passes, a 7-Day Pass is priced for 7 one-way trips.

Walk

Once you use public transportation to get to the city in Orange County that you want to visit, you will find that most of it can be covered on foot. You will find that most cities in Orange County have designated walking paths and many of them take you through scenic areas you would otherwise not know existed.

Bike Rentals

Santa Ana is a very bike-friendly community. In fact, you will find the local police force out on two wheels patrolling the cities. With over 1,000 miles of bike paths, you can easily rent a bike for the day in the city you are visiting, and get around with ease. Plus, you can avoid the traffic, travel along the coast, and stop whenever you like. You can rent bikes from companies like Wheel Fun Rentals (Irvine), ARB Cyclery, The Path Bike Shop, and more. The fare depends on how long you want to ride, where you are, and the number of bikes you rent.


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Things to do and places of interest in Orange County

If you’re not only visiting Santa Ana, Orange County consists of several cities, and each one has its own varied list of attractions. From Anaheim and the famous Disneyland, to Irvine and the amazing Asian-American heritage sites, almost every nook and cranny of Orange County has something interesting to offer tourists.

  • Anaheim is home to Disneyland, the Los Angeles Angels, and the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks. Catch a game or go have some fun with Mickey and his pals at Disneyland for the day.
  • Huntington Beach is where you find the surfers, and it is known as Surf City for the amazing beaches, perfect sand, and refreshing water.
  • Newport Beach is where you can go to see some of the richest suburbs of the country and it is where the popular show “The OC” was filmed.
  • Seal Beach is a small, cute little beach town filled with local shops, restaurants, and Irish pubs all along Main Street.
  • Santa Ana is home to the largest Mexican-American population. Here you find some uniquely created tacos, especially those offered up by the street vendors along the shore.
  • Buena Park is another place to visit if you want some thrills for your memory bank. Get on the rides at Knott’s Berry Farm or go back in time at Medieval Times.
  • Costa Mesa is the perfect place to be in the summer, and it is home to the Orange County Fairgrounds where you have numerous events, including the yearly fair.
  • Beaches are plentiful in the OC. You can sit on the sandy beaches and soak up the Southern California sun, or go whale watching from Newport Beach. Multiple cruises take off from the harbors, which let you explore the coastline from different angles. You can also rent items and participate in water sports, such as jet skiing.
  • Visit the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, which is an ocean preservation society that has science and maritime history exhibits, touch tanks, aquariums, and more. On weekdays, admission fees are $5 USD per guest. On weekends, adults pay $10 USD while seniors (55 and older) and youth (ages 2 – 12) pay $7.50 USD.
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano is the only mission in Orange County, and they have activities for families visiting the area. You can take a self-guided walking tour of the grounds, explore the koi ponds, and enter the historic adobe buildings. General Admission tickets cost $9 USD for adults, $6 USD for seniors (60 and older) and $6 USD for children (ages 4 – 11).

Tips and tricks for visiting Santa Ana

Southern California is known for the sand and surf, and while it is relatively tourist-friendly, there are a few things you want to keep in mind.

Pack accordingly

The climate in Santa Ana stays in the 70 degrees Fahrenheit range, but peak summer months can rise into the 90’s. Coastal areas are always cooler than inland, so bring a light jacket if you plan to stay along the coast at night. It is best if you dress in light layers, especially because temperatures fluctuate during the day.

Be ready for the fog

If you are not used to being on the coast, you might notice that some mornings are blanketed in thick fog. Be careful driving in this weather, and remember to still put on your sunscreen. The fog does not shield you, and you might find you burn easier in the fog than on a bright, sunny day.

Staying safe in Santa Ana

As a major metropolitan area of Southern California, you do have some areas that are more prone to crime in Orange County. Never leave valuables in your car, and when you return to your hotel, always use the main entrance. Avoid non-tourist areas at night, because you may find yourself exposed to activities such as prostitution and pick-pocketing. Beaches are generally safe during the day and into the evenings, but they also have time restrictions. Therefore, you must leave the beach areas once closed.