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Flying to Disneyland 2024: Guide To Best & Closest Airports

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Are you planning an exciting and unforgettable family trip to Disneyland this year? If that’s the case, rest assured that you and your family will have a magical time! 

But long before your kids are even able to meet and greet the beloved mouse, you’ll need to decide which airport is right for you. You’re probably now wondering what the best airport for a Disneyland vacation is. Between the closest airport, the most relaxed (and least busy) to the cheaper options, we cover it all.

Best Airports to Use for a Disneyland Vacation

It just so happens that there are several major airports that service Anaheim, the greater Los Angeles area, and San Diego, which thankfully gives your family many more options. 

These include the John Wayne Airport (SNA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Ontario International Airport (ONT), San Diego Airport (SAN), and Long Beach Airport (LGB). 

Each has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to weigh your options before making a decision. I have done the research and organized it for you so that you aren’t left doing hours of unnecessary homework.

These are the airports to consider flying into when you’re visiting Disneyland.

These include the John Wayne Airport (SNA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hollywood Burbanks Airport (BUR), Ontario International Airport (ONT), San Diego Airport (SAN), and Long Beach Airport (LGB). 

Old style propeller plane at Disneyland's California Adventure Park near sign for Grizzly Peak.

Map of Airports for Disneyland Vacation Arrival

Use the map below to find lodging options near the airports on this list.

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, California 92707

22 Minute Drive to Disneyland

Do you prefer convenience and less driving time? John Wayne Airport is easily the closest airport to Disneyland, located just 15 miles away from the Happiest Place on Earth.  Because of this, some visitors will tell you it’s the best Disneyland airport to fly into. I personally agree, for the most part. Not only is it the closest airport to Disneyland Park, it is a pretty quick airport to get in and out of.

Additionally, flying in and out of this airport means your flights will have other Disneyland visitors that you can chat with on the plane. 

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It’s a smaller airport with only 22 gates along with fewer passengers that travel with them daily. But this also means that there are fewer flight options to choose from and it can be more expensive than flying into LAX or San Diego.

When debating if this is the most cost-effective option do not forget to take into account the round-trip transport to and from the airport. This often evens out the cost. However, on the bright side, it’s usually less crowded and has shorter wait times for security and baggage claims than LAX. 

It’s also extremely easy to arrange a shuttle pickup from several of the area’s hotels to pick your family up at the airport and can also take you directly to Disneyland. Meaning, that you don’t necessarily have to rent a vehicle during your visit, saving your family hundreds of dollars. 

What To Know About Flying In and Out of SNA For Your Disneyland Vacation

Here is a quick guide of things to know about flying in and out of Santa Ana (aka John Wayne/Orange County) for your Disneyland Vacation, the closest airport to Disneyland Resort. All of this info is current as of the latest update of this article.

What Airlines Fly Into SNA for Disneyland Vacations?

The following airlines fly in and out of Orange County (SNA). You can double-check this list on the airport website.

Transportation Information for John Wayne Airport (SNA) To and From Disneyland Area Hotels

We touched on transportation briefly above, but if you are needing more information about how to get from John Wayne/Orange County Airport to your hotel for your Disneyland Trip, here is a more in-depth look.

Drive Time From SNA to Disneyland Area

When planning how long it will take you to get to the Disneyland Resort area, we will use the Disneyland Hotel as our hotel of reference. Depending on traffic, it will take you approximately 25-35 minutes to get from the Orange County Airport to your Disneyland Area hotel. This is from entering the vehicle to arriving at the hotel.

If you need to grab checked luggage, install car seats into your ride, or even pick up a rental car, this could add an extra 30-60 minutes to the time it takes you from stepping off the plane to arriving at your hotel. In my experience, SNA takes FOREVER to drop checked bags at baggage claim.

How Early Should You Arrive at SNA For Your Departing Flight

One good thing about SNA is that the security lines tend to be reasonably short, except during major travel seasons (Spring Break, Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Winter Break). If you do not have TSA Pre-Check, I definitely suggest arriving at least an hour early to the airport. You will want to arrive 90 minutes to 2 hours early during major travel seasons.

With TSA Pre-Check I have been able to arrive at the airport 45 minutes before my flight and be fine, though this last time, TSA Pre-Check was a super long line. To be safe, plan on being picked up from (or leaving) your hotel at least 90 minutes before your flight.

Rental Cars at SNA

If you are renting a car at Santa Ana, you won’t have to go too far to pick it up. The rental cars are located in the parking garage, on the same level that the baggage claim is located. To get there, you will exit the terminals and head to the crosswalk between terminals A and B (near the John Wayne Statue).

The following rental vehicle companies service the Santa Ana Airport:

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • National Car Rental
  • Thrifty Car Rental
Best Transportation Options From SNA to Disneyland Resort Area

Again, we briefly touched on some of the transportation options from the Orange County Airport to your Disneyland Vacation hotel, but here we will go a little more in-depth about the options available to you.

Public Transportation
  • The Anaheim Resort Transit System now offers EVE – a shuttle that will take you from the John Wayne Airport to the Disneyland Area Hotels. The cost is $15/rider over the age of 2. Children under the age of 2 are free if they sit on a parent’s lap. The shuttle picks up at the Ground Transportation Center on the Arrival level between terminals A and B
  • Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Route 76 services John Wayne Airport. Their bus stop is located on the Arrival (lower) Level, curbside, in front of Terminal B.
  • Trains and Busses – The nearest train stations are located in Irvine, Santa Ana, and Tustin, all approximately 10 miles from John Wayne Airport. The closest Greyhound stop is located in the Santa Ana train station.
App Based Ride-Share
  • Uber, Lyft & Wingz – All three of these app-based rideshare options service the SNA airport. They drop off at departures, just like a friend or family member would drop you off. For pickup, however, each terminal has a different pickup location. I fly Southwest, so my pickup is in the Terminal C Parking Garage on the same level as departures. The rideshare app will instruct you where to go for your ride and the airport has plenty of signage to direct travelers.
Private Shuttles and Car Services
  • Private car services such as Karmel, Lansky, Anaheim Town Car Services, and more are able to pick up at the curb for arrivals. Verify with your individual car service if that is where they will pick you up, but usually, anything the size of a 12-passenger van or smaller is allowed to pick up here.
Large Group or Hotel Shuttles and Taxis
  • Hotel and Larger Groups Shuttles – Shuttles that are provided by your hotel, a shuttle service (such as ABC Shuttle) will pick up in the Transportation Center located on the arrival level between terminals A and B
  • Taxis – Taxis can be found in the Ground Transportation Center and in Terminal C on the Arrival (lower) Level.

What Shuttle Services (Non-Hotel Provided) Service SNA and Disneyland Resort Area Hotels?

The following John Wayne Airport shuttle services currently drop off and pick up from the Santa Ana Airport (SNA):

  • ABC Shuttle
  • Advance Shuttle
  • Airway One Shuttle
  • American Shuttle
  • Apollo Shuttle
  • Shuttle 2000

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

1 World Way, Los Angeles, California 90045

Roughly 60-90 Minutes to Disneyland (33 Miles) – Traffic may increase this time even more.

LAX is considerably the biggest airport in the area, located about 30 miles from Disneyland. It has more flight options than any other airport, but some passengers complain that it can be congested and difficult to navigate at times. Security lines can also be long, so be sure to factor that into your travel plans.

As I mentioned earlier, because LAX has more flight options it also tends to cost passengers less by flying with them so that gives you something to look forward to. But remember to factor in the cost to travel down to Disneyland and the Orange County area. Not only will this add to the cost, but Los Angeles traffic will add a lot of time to your trip. 

 The Los Angeles International Airport also provides shuttle services that will take you to several car rental agencies that are located just outside the airport on Bellanca Way. 

And should you want to take an Uber or ride along with Lyft from the airport, you’ll need to first head over to the LAX-it lot that’s next to terminal 1 and then let them know you’re ready to be picked up.

The distance, and added steps to get to ride-shares, shuttles and rental vehicles should be factored in when deciding if this is the airport for you. Oftentimes, you may also find that the cost of transportation to Anaheim from LAX more than makes up for any savings on flights. 

What To Know About Flying In and Out of LAX For Your Disneyland Vacation

Here is a quick guide of things to know about flying in and out of Los Angeles (LAX) for your Disneyland Vacation. This airport is the largest airport on the list, and also the most likely to have direct flights for guests from around the country. All of this info is current as of the latest update of this article.

Another thing you will need to know about this airport is that it is extremely large. There is free airport transportation available between terminals, but this is still one of those airport options that most travelers prefer to avoid if possible, myself included. While it may be a better deal, the stress, added time, and distance make this an airport I try to avoid at all costs.

What Airlines Fly Into LAX for Disneyland Vacations?

The following airlines fly in and out of Los Angeles (LAX). You can double-check this list on the airport website. A reminder that this is a large international airport, so I am only including domestic airlines. Note that while most major airlines service LAX, Frontier Airlines DOES NOT fly into LAX.

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • Breeze Airways
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southern Airways
  • Southwest Airlines 
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • WestJet

Transportation Information for Los Angeles Airport (LAX) To and From Disneyland Area Hotels

We touched on transportation briefly above, but if you are needing more information about how to get from the Los Angeles International Airport to your hotel for your Disneyland Trip, here is a more in-depth look.

Drive Time From LAX to Disneyland Area

When planning how long it will take you to get to the Disneyland Resort area, we will use the Disneyland Hotel as our hotel of reference. Depending on traffic, it will take you approximately 60-90 minutes to get from the Los Angeles Airport to your Disneyland Area hotel. This is from entering the vehicle to arriving at the hotel.

If you need to grab checked luggage, install car seats into your ride, or even pick up a rental car, this could add an extra 45-75 minutes to the time it takes you from stepping off the plane to arriving at your hotel. This is because most rental services, etc are off-site and you must take a shuttle to them.

How Early Should You Arrive at LAX For Your Departing Flight

LAX is an extremely large, international airport, with a lot of travelers going in and out. If you do not have TSA Pre-Check, I definitely suggest arriving at least two hours early at the airport. You will want to arrive 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours early during major travel seasons.

With TSA Pre-Check arriving 90 minutes before your flight should suffice, but if it is a major travel season, you may still want to arrive 2 hours in advance.

Rental Cars at LAX

If you are renting a car at LAX, you will have to take a shuttle to the lot. The rental cars are located  off airport, away from airline terminals. These companies meet arriving customers under the purple “Rental Car Shuttles” sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level islands outside baggage claim.

The following rental vehicle companies service the Los Angeles Airport:

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Fox
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • National Car Rental
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • Zip Car Rentals
Best Transportation Options From LAX to Disneyland Resort Area

Again, we briefly touched on some of the transportation options from the Los Angeles Airport to your Disneyland Vacation hotel, but here we will go a little more in-depth about the options available to you.

Public Transportation

Note: The information for this section comes directly from the LAX website.

Several public transit providers serve LAX, including L.A. MetroCulver City Bus LinesSanta Monica Big Blue BusTorrance Transit, and Beach Cities Transit

Free shuttle bus service is provided between Los Angeles International Airport terminals and the following public transit stations:

  • Lot South / LAX City Bus Center. Passengers going to the LAX City Bus Center should wait at the PINK LAX Shuttle sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal and board the Lot South / LAX City Bus Center shuttle. Bus service does not operate from 2 A.M.-4 A.M. daily.
  • Metro C Line at Aviation Station (Green Line). Passengers going to the Aviation Station to connect to the C Line should wait at the PINK LAX Shuttle sign on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal and board the “Metro C Line (Green Line)” Shuttle. Please click here for more information about the Metro C Line.
  • The FlyAway nonstop bus service provides transportation between LAX and Union Station and Van Nuys. 
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App Based Ride-Share
  • Uber, Lyft & Opoli – All three of these app-based rideshare options service the LAX airport. They drop off at departures, just like a friend or family member would drop you off. For pickup, however, ride apps and taxis can be picked up at the LAX-it lot next to Terminal 1. Guests can walk or take the free LAX-it shuttles to get to LAX-it.
Private Shuttles and Car Services
  • Private car services such as Karmel, Lansky, Town Car Services, and more are able to pick up at the curb for arrivals. Verify with your individual car service if that is where they will pick up, but usually, anything the size of a 12-passenger van or smaller is allowed to pick up here.
Hotel Shuttles
  • Hotel and Larger Groups Shuttles – Many major airport-area hotels provide courtesy transportation from LAX terminals. Stops for shuttles to hotels are located on the Upper/Departures Level identified by RED curbside pylons.

What Shuttle Services (Non-Hotel Provided) Service LAX and Disneyland Resort Area Hotels?

This is in no way a complete list. However, some of the most popular shuttle companies that service the LAX airport include:

  • 24-7 Ride
  • Karmel Shuttle
  • LAX Airport Shuttle
  • SuperShuttle
  • XPress Shuttle

Hollywood Burbanks Airport

2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, California 91505

45 to 60 Minute Drive (40 Miles from Disneyland)

Are you hoping to visit Disneyland while sticking to a tighter budget? No problem! The Hollywood Burbanks Airport is located in the San Fernando Valley and is about a 45-minute drive to Disneyland.

Alaska Airlines plan with Disneyland decal for Cars Land

This airport is a great option if you’re looking for low-cost flight options. It’s smaller than LAX but has more gates than John Wayne Airport, which means that there are plenty of domestic and international flights to choose from.

You can also take advantage of their convenient shuttle service that will take you from the airport to your hotel and then to Disneyland. You’re also able to be picked up from the airport while using Uber or Lyft by heading over to the ground transportation island that is just across from terminal B. 

What To Know About Flying In and Out of BUR For Your Disneyland Vacation

Here is a quick guide of things to know about flying in and out of Hollywood Burbank (formerly known as the Bob Hope Airport) for your Disneyland Vacation. Also, if I was adding Universal Studios Hollywood to my vacation, I would put it at the beginning or end of the trip, and utilize this airport for that leg of the journey.

What Airlines Fly Into Burbank for Disneyland Vacations?

The following airlines fly in and out of Hollywood Burbank (BUR). You can double-check this list on the airport website.

  • Alaska
  • American
  • Avelo
  • Delta
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest
  • Spirit
  • United

Transportation Information for Burbank Airport (BUR) To and From Disneyland Area Hotels

We touched on transportation briefly above, but if you are needing more information about how to get from Hollywood Burbank Airport to your hotel for your Disneyland Trip, here is a more in-depth look.

Drive Time From BUR to Disneyland Area

When planning how long it will take you to get to the Disneyland Resort area, we will use the Disneyland Hotel as our hotel of reference. Depending on traffic, it will take you approximately 45-60 minutes to get from the Burbank Airport to your Disneyland Area hotel. This is from entering the vehicle to arriving at the hotel.

If you need to grab checked luggage, install car seats into your ride, or even pick up a rental car, this could add an extra 30-45 minutes to the time it takes you from stepping off the plane to arriving at your hotel. 

How Early Should You Arrive at BUR For Your Departing Flight
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One good thing about Burbank is that the security lines tend to be much shorter than LAX. If you do not have TSA Pre-Check, I definitely suggest arriving at least 90 minutes early at the airport. You will want to arrive 2 hours early during major travel seasons.

With TSA Pre-Check you should be fine to arrive an hour before your flight departs, so plan on being picked up from your Disneyland Area hotel about 2 hours before your flight.

Rental Cars at Hollywood Burbank Airport

If you are renting a car in Burbank, the rental car pick-up and drop-off location can be found in the Consolidated Rental Car Facilities of the Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC). The rental car return entrance is located on Avenue B which may be accessed via the Hollywood Way and Empire Avenue Airport entrances

The following rental vehicle companies service the Hollywood Burbank Airport:

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Fox
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • National Car Rental
  • Payless
  • Thrifty Car Rental
Best Transportation Options From BUR to Disneyland Resort Area

Again, we briefly touched on some of the transportation options from Burbank to your Disneyland Vacation hotel, but here we will go a little more in-depth about the options available to you.

Public Transportation
  • Metrolink – Metrolink stops at the Burbank Airport-North Station located on San Fernando Road and Hollywood Way. The Airport Authority provides a complimentary shuttle service between the Burbank Airport-North Station and the Airport terminal.
  • AmTrak – The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner, which runs from Santa Barbara to San Diego, provides regular weekday and weekend service to the Airport at the Burbank Airport-South Train Station. 
  • Metro Bus and Burbank Bus – The Airport’s Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) is a stop on two Metro Bus lines and the City of Burbank BurbankBus line, which connects with Downtown Burbank and the Metro North Hollywood Station.

    Metro Bus and BurbankBus both stop at the Transit Center located on the ground level of the RITC. Additional Metro Bus stops are located on Hollywood Way and Empire Ave. BurbankBus connects the Airport with the Metro North Hollywood Station Monday through Friday.
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App Based Ride-Share
  • Uber, Lyft and other Rideshare Services – The pick-up point for ridesharing companies at the Hollywood Burbank Airport is located at the ground transportation island across from the Terminal B entrance.
Private Shuttles and Car Services
  • Private car services such as Karmel, Lansky, Anaheim Town Car Services, and more are able to pick up at the curb for arrivals. Verify with your individual car service if that is where they will pick up, but usually, anything the size of a 12-passenger van or smaller is allowed to pick up here.
Large Group or Hotel Shuttles and Taxis

Shuttle service and taxi cabs are located on the ground transportation islands immediately in front of the Airport terminal, and several local hotels run their own shuttle buses to and from the Airport.

  • Hotel and Larger Groups Shuttles – Shuttles that are provided by your hotel, a shuttle service (such as ABC Shuttle) will pick up on the ground transportation islands immediately in front of the Airport terminal.
  • Taxis – Taxis will also pick up at the ground transportation islands.

What Shuttle Services (Non-Hotel Provided) Service BUR and Disneyland Resort Area Hotels?

The following shuttle services currently drop off and pick up from Burbank Airport:

  • Prime Time Shuttle
  • RoadRunner Shuttle
  • SuperShuttle

Long Beach Airport (LGB)

4100 Donald Douglas Drive, Long Beach, California 90808

25 Minute Drive to Disneyland (23 miles)

The Long Beach Airport is located only about 23 miles from Disneyland and is a great option for families. It’s a smaller airport than LAX, so it’s usually less crowded. 

This is by far the smallest airport on our list, with only 11 gates. This airport also offers lots of indoor and outdoor space, including seating in the sand! Yes, that is right, you have your own little tiny sandy beach area inside the secured area. 

This airport only services a few airlines, but most are major players like Delta and Southwest. 
This airport is currently undergoing an improvement project, but don’t let that deter you from flying here. The benefits of this small airport outweigh any inconvenience the construction brings. (Honestly, this is one of the main airports I use, and the construction has not even been a bother.)

It also has the benefit of being right next to the Long Beach Convention Center and Aquarium of the Pacific, making it a convenient location for travelers who want to explore more than just Disneyland.

Long Beach Airport provides both shuttle and car rental services within its facilities, steps away from baggage claim. Curbside pickup is available at the Long Beach Airport while using companies like Uber and Lyft. 

What To Know About Flying In and Out of LGB For Your Disneyland Vacation

Here is a quick guide of things to know about flying in and out of Long Beach (LGB) for your Disneyland Vacation, the second closest airport to Disneyland Resort. All of this info is current as of the latest update of this article.

What Airlines Fly Into LGB for Disneyland Vacations?

The following airlines fly in and out of Long Beach Airport (LGB). You can double-check this list on the airport website.

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Hawaiian
  • Southwest Airlines

Transportation Information for Long Beach Airport (LGB) To and From Disneyland Area Hotels

If you are wondering how to get from Long Beach Airport to your hotel for your Disneyland Trip, here is a look at the different options and information.

Drive Time From LGB to Disneyland Area

When planning how long it will take you to get to the Disneyland Resort area, we will use the Disneyland Hotel as our hotel of reference. Depending on traffic, it will take you approximately 25-35 minutes to get from the Long Beach Airport to your Disneyland Area hotel. This is from entering the vehicle to arriving at the hotel.

If you need to grab checked luggage, install car seats into your ride, or even pick up a rental car, this could add an extra 20 minutes to the time it takes you from stepping off the plane to arriving at your hotel. In my experience, Long Beach is usually fairly quick to drop luggage on the carousel.

How Early Should You Arrive at LGB For Your Departing Flight

One good thing about Long Beach is that the security lines are the shortest of any of the airports on this list (at least in my experience). You can easily arrive one hour before your flight, even without TSA Pre-Check, and make it. 

With TSA Pre-Check I have been able to arrive at the airport 45 minutes before my flight and be fine, but do remember that most airlines do not guarantee your checked bag will make it on the flight if you are not at least 45 minutes early.

Rental Cars at LGB

If you are renting a car at Long Beach, you won’t have to go too far to pick it up. The rental cars are located on-site, in the parking lot just across from passenger pickup and drop-off. To get there, you will exit the terminals and head to the crosswalk and you will see the rental car area. This may change as the airport undergoes improvements, so I will try to keep this updated.

The following rental vehicle companies service the Long Beach Airport:

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • National
Best Transportation Options From LGB to Disneyland Resort Area

Here are some of the transportation options available to you from the Long Beach Airport to the Disneyland Resort Area.

Public Transportation
  • Rail Options – The closest Metro Rail station to Long Beach Airport is the Wardlow Station on the A Line (formerly known as Blue Line). Cab fare from the Wardlow Station to the Airport is $13.35 (subject to change without notice). The A Line provides rail service between Downtown Los Angeles (7th Street/Metro Center station) and connects with Long Beach Transit Buses at the Transit Mall in downtown Long Beach. 
  • Long Beach Transportation Authority (LBT) – https://ridelbt.com/
App Based Ride-Share
  • Uber, Lyft, Opoli & Wingz – All four of these rideshare options service the Long Beach airport. They drop off at departures, just like a friend or family member would drop you off. For rideshare pickup, you will cross the departure drop-off to the middle island, where you will wait for your ride share. 
Private Shuttles and Car Services
  • Private car services such as Karmel, Lansky, Anaheim Town Car Services, and more are able to pick up at the outer curb for arrivals (where rideshare picks up). Verify with your individual car service if that is where they will pick up, but usually, anything the size of a 12-passenger van or smaller is allowed to pick up here. The Long Beach Airport has a list of approved shuttles and car services which is very handy for those that want to see all their options.
Large Group or Hotel Shuttles and Taxis
  • Hotel and Larger Groups Shuttles – Shuttles that are provided by your hotel, a shuttle service (such as ABC Shuttle) will pick up at the outer curb unless otherwise stated by your shuttle service.
  • Taxis – Taxis are available at the taxi stand outside the terminal next to Parking Structure A

What Shuttle Services (Non-Hotel Provided) Service LGB and Disneyland Resort Area Hotels?

The following Long Beach shuttle services currently drop off and pick up from the Santa Ana Airport (SNA):

  • California Shuttles
  • EZ Vans
  • Karmel Shuttles
  • Premiere Shuttle

Again, this is not a full list of shuttles and car services.

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Ontario, California 91761

Roughly a 50 to 70 Minute Drive to Disneyland (32 Miles)

The Ontario International Airport is located in the Inland Empire and is about a one hour drive to Disneyland. It’s another great option for families because it offers low-cost flight options and is usually less crowded than LAX. 

One thing to keep in mind is that there are no direct shuttles to Disneyland from the Ontario International Airport but they do provide shuttles to several of the area’s nearest hotels. 

From your hotel, you can catch a shuttle that will take you to and from Disneyland. 

What To Know About Flying In and Out of ONT For Your Disneyland Vacation

Here is a quick guide of things to know about flying in and out of Ontario, California (ONT) for your Disneyland Vacation. Just a note that I have not personally flown in or out of ONT, so all of this is from research, not personal experience. All of this info is current as of the latest update of this article.

What Airlines Fly Into ONT for Disneyland Vacations?

The following airlines fly in and out of the Ontario California Airport (ONT). You can double-check this list on the airport website.

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United
  • Volaris

Transportation Information for Ontario Airport (ONT) To and From Disneyland Area Hotels

If you are wondering how to get from the Ontario Airport to your hotel for your Disneyland Trip, here is a look at the different options and information.

Drive Time From ONT to Disneyland Area

When planning how long it will take you to get to the Disneyland Resort area, we will use the Disneyland Hotel as our hotel of reference. Depending on traffic, it will take you approximately 60-75 minutes to get from the Ontario Airport to your Disneyland Area hotel. This is from entering the vehicle to arriving at the hotel.

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If you need to grab checked luggage, install car seats into your ride, or even pick up a rental car, this could add an extra 30-45 minutes to the time it takes you from stepping off the plane to arriving at your hotel.

How Early Should You Arrive at Ontario Airport for Your Departing Flight

The security lines are very manageable at this airport, though not as short or quick as the Long Beach or Santa Ana airports. I suggest arriving at the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, and probably two hours before if you do not have TSA precheck.

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Rental Cars at ONT

ONT provides a free shuttle service for rental car customers between the passenger terminals and the Rental Car Center, where the on-airport rental car counters are located. Off-airport rental car firms provide transportation for customers between the center and thei offices. The center is located at 3450 East Airport Drive, Ontario, CA 91761, near Have Avenue.

The following rental vehicle companies service the Ontario Airport:

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Fox Rent a Car
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • National
  • Payless
  • Thrifty Car Rentals
Best Transportation Options From ONT to Disneyland Resort Area

Here are some of the transportation options available to you from the Ontario, California Airport to the Disneyland Resort Area.

App Based Ride-Share
  • Uber, Lyft, Opoli & Wingz – Once you’ve gathered your belongings and are ready to head out, use a mobile app from your chosen service to request a ride. Locate the “Ride-Share Pick Up” signs outside of each terminal to meet your driver.
Private Shuttles and Car Services
  • Private car services – If you’ve arranged for luxury limousine or private transport, call them to check in and proceed to their designated pick-up location.
Taxis
  • Taxis – Taxis are available at the taxi ranks in front of every terminal, on the outer island. 

San Diego International Airport

3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Roughly a 1 1/2 – 2 hour drive (95 Miles)

For those of you that are planning a trip to San Diego but would also like to visit Disneyland at some point during your stay, the San Diego International Airport is your best option. It’s about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Disneyland, or more depending on traffic. This means that you can easily still make a day trip out of it. Just be sure to factor in traffic when planning your travel times and don’t make the mistake of sleeping in!

The airport is considered to be one of the busiest airports in California, so you’ll want to check in at least 2 hours before your scheduled flight. 

The airport provides rental car companies as well as shuttle services that will take you to your hotel. 

There are also two designated Uber and Lyft pick-up areas that are located on the ground level just across from both terminals.  

What To Know About Flying In and Out of San Diego For Your Disneyland Vacation

Here is a quick guide of things to know about flying in and out of San Diego Airport (SAN) for your Disneyland Vacation. One thing I want to stress is this is not the best option if you plan to have Anaheim as your home base during your trip. This is more for those that will either start or end with a stay in San Diego or Carlsbad… or even for those who are staying there the entire trip and just driving up to Disneyland for a day trip.

What Airlines Fly Into San Diego (SAN) for Disneyland Vacations?

The following airlines fly in and out of the San Diego International Airport (SAN). You can double-check this list on the airport website. Again, this only includes the major United States domestic airlines.

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United
  • WestJet

Transportation Information to and From San Diego Airport To Your Resort

If you are wondering how to get from the San Diego Airport to your hotel here is a look at the different options and information. Note, this is not a list of services specifically to the Disneyland area, as again, I would not suggest this as your airport if you will be based in Anaheim for your entire trip.

Drive Time From SAN to Disneyland Area

Depending on traffic, it will take you approximately 90 minutes to two hours (or more) to get from the San Diego Airport to your Disneyland Area hotel. This is from entering the vehicle to arriving at the hotel.

If you need to grab checked luggage, install car seats into your ride, or even pick up a rental car, this could add an extra 30-45 minutes to the time it takes you from stepping off the plane to arriving at your hotel.

How Early Should You Arrive at San Diego Airport for Your Departing Flight

Much like LAX, San Diego is a large, international airport. It also has a lot of work currently being done on the airport. I suggest arriving 90 minutes early with TSA Pre-Check and no checked bags. For those without TSA Pre-Check or who need to check bags, I suggest arriving 2 – 2 1/2 hours in advance.

Rental Cars at San Diego (SAN)

All car rental pick-ups and drop-offs for rental car companies serving San Diego International Airport occur at the Consolidated Rental Car Center. Free dedicated shuttle busses run continually to ferry customers between the airport terminals and the Rental Car Center. The Rental Car Center is located at 3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego.

The following rental vehicle companies service the San Diego Airport:

  • Alamo Rent A Car
  • Avis Car Rental
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Rent A Car
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Fox Rent a Car
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • National
  • Payless
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty Car Rentals
  • ZipCar
Best Transportation Options From San Diego

Here are some of the transportation options available to you from the San Diego Airport (SAN) to your hotel.

App Based Ride-Share
  • Uber, Lyft, Opoli & Wingz – Drop offs happen at the curb outside each terminal, but when using Ride Share services to go from the airport to your hotel, each terminal has its own pickup location:  
    • Terminal 1: Travelers will exit baggage claim, use the new pedestrian crosswalk, with a traffic light to provide access to Ground Transportation resources (VFH, Courtesy, Taxis, Rideshare and RCC). See signage for assistance.
    • Terminal 2: Upon exiting baggage claim, use main crosswalk to Transportation Plaza. Ridesharing pick-up is located in the second lane on the right. See signage for assistance.
Shuttles, Vans and Buses
  • Shuttle vans and buses operated by off-airport companies are another transportation option. Shuttle service is available at the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2.From Terminal 1, cross the sky bridge and take the escalators or the elevators to street level. From Terminal 2, use the pedestrian crosswalk conveniently located outside the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area to access the Transportation Plaza. A Customer Service Representative will place you with the first available shuttle, unless you specify a particular shuttle company.
Shuttle Services For SAN
  • EZ Ride Shuttle
  • Sea Breeze Shuttle
  • VANGO
Taxis
  • Taxis – Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Customer Service Representative will place you with the first available taxi, unless you specify a particular taxicab company.

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So, what airport to fly to for Disneyland are you strongly considering? As you’ve probably discovered, it really depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you want the most flight options, go with LAX. If you’re looking for a more relaxed travel experience, John Wayne Airport, Hollywood Burbanks Airport or Long Beach Airport may be better choices. Whichever airport you choose, you’re sure to have a magical trip!

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  1. It’s nice to know there are so many options to choose from! I want to explore more than just Disneyland so I’m thinking of using the Long Beach Airport. Your post was really helpful, thank you!

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