We talked before about how to get to the Disneyland Resort from your hotels or on the Disneyland Resort Shuttle, but now we want to talk about getting to Anaheim in the first place! Whether you drive, fly, walk, skip, or jump to Disneyland, there are a lot of ways to get there and possibly a lot more airports than you thought you knew about that are fairly close to Disneyland.
- SNA: Our favourite to fly into is John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA) in Santa Ana. It is small, has many nonstop flights per day to cities such as Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, Houston and Las Vegas, just to name a few! Quite a few airlines that service it including Southwest, Delta, American, United, and Alaska. The taxi service from SNA to Disneyland is very convenient. They often have vans or larger vehicles with ample room for luggage and family members. The average cost of a one-way taxi ride to Disneyland is $45 plus tip. There are rental car facilities and shuttle services to hotels and to Disneyland located at the airport as well.
- LGB: Long Beach Airport (LGB) is another close, cozy option. It is a bit smaller than the Orange County airport, but is almost as close. It is one of the hubs of JetBlue Airlines, so there are some eastern US cities that fly there nonstop including New York JFK and Boston, MA. Delta, Southwest, and American Airlines also fly here. Hint for saving money: Delta flights are often cheaper to here than they are to SNA. Taxi service is about $45 plus tip to get to Disneyland from here also. There are rental car options and shuttles.
- LAX: The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is one of the biggest airports in the state. Thus, if you want to get to Disneyland from Timbuktu or Inner Mongolia, this is probably your best bet. We have flown into here a few times, but it definitely is not our first choice. It is cheaper than flying to LGB or SNA in general, but then if you want to take a taxi it will run you about $110 plus tip each way. The airport is a total maze and is under perpetual construction for some reason, so it is not easy to navigate. We also tried to get a taxi from here and not only are there mostly only tiny Toyota Prius cars, but also we had to wait a long time for a taxi. Since it is a big airport, there are a lot more flight options in the day and night, and a larger selection of rental car services.
- ONT and BUR: Just like SNA and LGB are small airports, so are LA Ontario and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. However, they are just about as far away as LAX is, so the taxi ride will cost you quite a bit. If you can find a really cheap flight into one of these airports to offset the increased taxi cost or gas you will use with a rental car, then go for it. Otherwise, it may be best to just fly into SNA or LGB if you like a more intimate, close option.
Hope this helps you plan your travel needs to Disneyland! Enjoy!