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Tips for Traveling to Anaheim

By Air

Orange County's main airport is Orange County/John Wayne (SNA) and is located at the intersection of I-405 and MacArthur Blvd. The closest airport is John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana (SNA), while the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the largest in the area.

John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 | (949) 252-5200
Drive time: 20 minutes (13 miles/20.92km) to Anaheim

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | (310) 646-5252
Drive time: 50 minutes (35 miles/56.33km) to Anaheim

Long Beach Airport (LGB)
4100 Donald Douglas Dr., Long Beach, CA 90808 | (562) 570-2619
Drive time: 30 minutes (18 miles/28.97km) to Anaheim

By Road

The closest airport is the John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana (SNA), while the Los Angeles Interantional Airport (LAX) is the largest one in the area.

For those who rent a car or take a taxi, travel time from SNA is about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. From LAX, the trip takes about 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. A taxi from SNA costs about $40; from LAX, about $70.

Rental Cars
Renting a car is one of the easiest ways to navigate Orange County at your own pace. Take advantage of a thriving network of highways to get you wherever you need to go in OC.

Super Shuttle
For most people who don't rent a car, shared shuttle van service, like SuperShuttle, is an economical option. The shuttle will make multiple stops, but you will be delivered right to the door of your hotel. From LAX, the cost is about $16 per person one way/$32 per person roundtrip, plus tip. From SNA, the cost is about $10 per person one way/$20 per person roundtrip, plus tip.
800-258-3826 | www.supershuttle.com

Anaheim Resort Transit (ART)
Get around Anaheim, the center of Orange County, with ease aboard one of the convenient ART trolleys, with daily to the Disneyland Resort and more. The bright trolleys run 17 routes every 10-15 minutes from the Hotel to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Disneyland Resort, as well as The Shops at Anaheim Gardenwalk, among other popular area destinations.

By Rail

Amtrak makes daily stops in Orange County at the designated stations. Metrolink is a weekday commuter train that runs to and from Los Angeles and Orange County starting as far south as Oceanside. The Metrolink train service is divided into a dozen zones; the fare you pay depends on how many zones you cover.

Amtrak: 800-872-7245 | www.amtrak.com
Metrolink: 800-371-5465 | www.metrolinktrains.com

Time
Orange County and all of California is in the Pacific Time Zone. The state observes daylight saving time March through October.

Climate/Attire
The verage daytime temperature is 75 degrees and most days are sunny. Coastal areas are cooler and the inland areas can be 10 to 15 degrees warmer depending on the time of year. The coolest time of the year is December to February and the warmest time is July to October. At night temperatures can be considerably cooler, it is best to check the forecast, or bring a jacket for the evening in you will be outdoors. Dressing in layers is highly recommended to help stay comfortable from warm afternoons to cooler evenings. Casual clothing is best for most occassions, restaurants, etc. Jackets and ties are optional even in the most elegant of restaurants.

Sales Tax
Orange County sales tax is 8.75%.

Gratuities
15-20% of the bill is the normal tip for good service

Alcoholic Beverages/ Liquor Laws
You must be 21 years or older with photo identification to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in California. A passport will be a universally accepted form of identification. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious offense. Alcohol is not permitted on most Orange County Beach areas including City, County or State Beaches.

Smoking
You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase or use tobacco products. Throughout California, smoking is prohibited in most public buildings, all restaurants and many beach areas.

Driving Regulations

  • Valid driver's license and liability insurance are required.
  • Traffic flows on the right (with driver closest to the center median).
  • Child seats are required for children weighing less than 60 pounds and are available with car rentals.
  • Most car rental establishments require drivers to be at least 25 years old.

Local Events in Anaheim California

Popular Disney Events

Annual Events at the Anaheim Convention Center

  • WonderCon Anaheim - April
  • NAMM: International Music Products Association - January
  • Craft & Hobby Association Winter Convention and Trade Show - January
  • Medical Design and Manufacturing West Conference and Exhibition - February
  • Religious Education Congress - March
  • Pri-Med West Conference & Exhibition - May
  • California Dental Association Spring Scientific Session - May
  • SCRC Catholic Renewal Convention - September
  • PMA Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition - October
  • Association of Christian Schools International - November