Disneyland is located in Anaheim, California which gives you a few different airports to pick from when considering airports near Disneyland. In our guide we'll cover the nearest airport to Disneyland, best airport for Disneyland, and all other transportation options for visiting Anaheim.
Airports Closest to Disneyland
The four main options for airports for Disneyland include:
- John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
- Long Beach Airport (LGB)
- Ontario International Airport (ONT)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Each of these Disneyland airport options have their pros and cons based on which is the closest airport to Anaheim, convenience, cost, and other transportation options.
What is the best airport to fly into for Disneyland?
One of the most common questions asked is: which airport is closest to Disneyland? The closest airport to Disneyland is the John Wayne Airport which is located around 20 minutes from Disneyland. The John Wayne Airport SNA is the closest airport and is also one of the smallest of the airport closest to Disneyland. Not only is the close proximity of John Wayne Airport SNA convenient but the John Wayne airport is also pretty small making it a breeze to collect your luggage and be out the door.
The John Wayne airport is located 14 miles from Disneyland and is split up into two individual terminals. The main airlines that provide service to John Wayne Airport are:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Frontier Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
Flying into this Anaheim airport can be a little more expensive than flights into more affordable counterparts like the LAX airport in Los Angeles. This is where you weigh cost vs. convenience but also remember that time is money!
Is LAX or LGB Closer to Disneyland?
The Long Beach Airport (LGB) is located about 19 miles from Anaheim making it a close second in proximity for Disneyland flights. In comparison, the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 35 miles away from Anaheim making it one of farthest airports from Orange County.
The Long Beach Airport is a tiny airport which only serves Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and US Airways. So while it's proximity to Orange County rivals that of SNA, the small size of this airport and limited airlines doesn't always make it a good choice for guests traveling to Disneyland.
The Los Angeles International Airport is the fifth biggest airport in the world which means that nearly every airline imaginable flies in and out of this airport making it a strong contender for the best airport for Disneyland. You will likely find the cheapest airfare and convenient flight times for flying in and out of this airport.
The Ontario International Airport (ONT) is located about 35 miles from Anaheim and is the third largest airport in the Orange County area. While it is closer than the Los Angeles International Airport, it is also a smaller airport that offers limited airlines.
This brings us full circle to the question of: what airport is closest to Disneyland? Hands down, the answer to that question remains the John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County. While the fares into this airport may be more expensive, depending on the airline, than LAX the convenience of time might tip the scales in favor of SNA in the best airports near Anaheim.
Transportation Options to Disneyland
There are a variety of different options to get to and from the airports to the Disneyland area. These options include shuttle services, car rentals, and ride shares.
Ride Share Services
The two main ride share services Uber and Lyft both offer transportation to the Anaheim resort area. The convenience of ride share is a perk for many guests as you can easily call for a ride share the instant you leave baggage claim and not be subjected to multiple stops for other passengers in the way you have to deal with when using shuttle service.
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When it comes to using Uber, you have a few different types of cars you can request to accommodate larger families and groups. Keep in mind that your cost will go up for your trip to Disneyland if your request a larger car.
UberX– this is the most affordable options and allows up to four passengers. Uber drivers in this price range use their own car.
uberXL – this option is for groups of up to six passengers and also for groups that may have more luggage. These drivers also use their own car but they are large enough to accommodate six people.
uberBlack – this is a luxury sedan option for up to four people. This option consists of drivers and cars that tailor to luxury needs and are often part of a limo/hired service.
How much is Uber from LAX to Disneyland?
The cost of an Uber will vary depending on the time of day you are using it and traffic conditions. All ride share services raise their prices during ‘peak' times of day when travel is more busy and ride share is in larger demand.
Despite this, you can estimate the cost of an Uber from LAX to Disneyland by opening the Uber app and going through the steps to request a ride at the time of day you'd be traveling in the Southern California area.
You can expect an Uber from LAX to Disneyland to cost an average of $44-54 for the basic UberX option for four passengers.
Shuttles to Disneyland
There are a variety of different airport shuttles you can use to get transportation to the Disneyland area. They can be a cost effective way of traveling if you have a smaller group but if you are traveling in a large group you'll likely save money by using our Uber code instead since shuttles typically charge per person.
For folks that don't feel comfortable with ride share, shuttles can be a welcome option for traveling to/from the airports.
Many shuttle companies have gone out of business such as Super Shuttle and the Disneyland Resort Express due to the popularity of ride share services.
Karmel Shuttle is one of the remaining shuttle services where the drivers will pick you up right at the airport, load and unload your luggage, and drop you off right at the front of your hotel. This is a shared ride service so be prepared to make multiple stops and to be sharing the shuttle with other passengers. You can also opt to pay extra to have the vehicle yourself although doing this will be more expensive than using Uber.
You can purchase Karmel Shuttle discount tickets through our favorite travel agency, Get Away Today, for half the price you will find on their website. Adult tickets are offered at a discount and kids under 12 ride free which can help offset the cost of your trip. Once you purchase through Get Away Today you'll be given a voucher number to call Karmel Shuttle and then set up your ride.
Karmel Shuttle does not provide booster or car seats for kids and they will not be allowed to sit on your lap.
Lansky is a luxury ride service that offers transportation from the Disneyland area and the nearby airports.
Lansky is defined as a luxury service so you can expect to ride in luxury vehicles without sharing space with others. You also have the option, if time allows, for the driver to make a complimentary grocery store stop on the way to your hotel.
This is a pricier options than ride share or the other shuttle services but it can be a fun way to travel. They also provide boosters and car seats for kids which is a great perk for families.
Is there a shuttle from SNA to Disneyland?
Shuttle options have greatly decreased the past year as Super Shuttle and the Disneyland Resort Express went out of business.
So yes, there is a shuttle from SNA to Disneyland but your options are fairly limited. Your two main options are Lansky and Karmel Shuttle as we described above.
A one way trip from SNA to Disneyland using Lansky will run you about $80 for up to six passengers while Karmel Shuttle will charge per person making it a more expensive option for larger groups. You will likely save money by using our Uber code to book a ride share service rather than pay per person-especially when considering two trips from the airport.
Renting a Car
You could also rent a car at the airport as there are plenty of car rental companies at each of the airports near Disneyland. I do not recommend renting a car for your Disneyland vacation because you will likely pay high parking per night fees at your local Anaheim hotel and there is no need to drive to Disneyland if you're staying nearby.
Save yourself the money and skip the car rental if you can. Especially for visitors that have not driven in California traffic, it's not the most relaxing way to start your vacation.
Taking a Taxi
Taxis are surprisingly still a common option even in the world of ride share services but they are often more expensive than other travel options. But if you do have a larger party, you can get a better deal with a taxi than ride share services . There are two common sizes of taxis which include a four passenger sedan style and a seven passenger van which will be much more affordable than the higher tiered Uber options or shuttles that charge per person.
A taxi will cost an average of about $40 from John Wayne (SNA) and about $100 from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) with traffic and about $80 without traffic. You can reach out to local companies to see what their standard fare is to/from the Disneyland Resort.
Car Seat Laws in California
In California, car seats are required for children who are not yet eight years old or four feet and nine inches tall.
The only transportation service that provides car seats and boosters that we listed above are Lansky. For all other options, you will be expected to bring your own car seats for your kids.
COVID-19 Travel Considerations
Traveling in the area of COVID-19 brings some new considerations to consider on both the airlines and the transportation services to/from the airports. Here is our a brief run down on the new safety polices you can expect in the California airports and the transportation services.
California Safety Measures
As for June 2020, face coverings are required for ages two and older in all public places in the State of California which includes:
- waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle
- driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present
This means you will be expected to wear a face covering in the airport and during your transportation to/from the Disneyland Resort area. Your driver for either Uber/Lyft, shuttles, and Lansky will also be required to wear a face covering.
Transportation Safety Measures
Lanksy's specific safety measures have been posted on their social media which include :
- to maintain social distancing while in the vehicle, they have installed anti-fog full surround plastic cover between the front and rear row.
- cleaning inside of the car with disinfectant before and after picking up and dropping off any customers.
- anyone boarding the vehicle must wear a mask and keep the mask on while in the vehicle. This includes the driver and all passengers including children. If you forget to bring a mask, you may purchase a mask from the driver for a nominal fee.
- temperature measurements must be made with driver before boarding. Driver will also check his temperature in front of the passengers. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher may not enter the vehicle.
- hand sanitizer is available inside the vehicle.
- windows may be opened for air circulation while driving.
Uber's specific safety measures have been posted on their website which include:
- providing cleaning supplies for drivers
- asking riders to maintain distance
- opening the windows to improve ventilation
- asking customers to sit in the backseat
As of now, Uber doesn't have a policy requiring face coverings but will adhere to the State of California's requirement for face coverings in ride share vehicles.
Karmel Shuttle's specific safety measures have been posted on their website which include:
- all vehicles are wiped down with 99.9% antibacterial wipes after each service.
- drivers and passengers are required to wear a face mask, until CDC/State requirements are lifted and it is safe.
- a plastic partition has been placed between passengers and the driver.
- any driver with symptoms of illness are required to stay home and not report for active services.
If you're selecting a specific taxi or rental car service, you can also reach out to the company to find out more about their safety policies.
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