Located at the north edge of Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the Anaheim Amtrak Station services Metrolink’s Orange County Line and Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, which connects Los Angeles and San Diego. Trains run every hour or so, but schedules vary. Metrolink trains cost $8.50 for a one-way ticket to L.A.’s Union Station (714-636-7433). Plans are under way for a new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, which will replace the Anaheim Amtrak Station. It will also be the terminus for the planned California High-Speed Rail system (which is still a pipe dream).
Airports: John Wayne International Airport is located just off the 405 Freeway in Irvine, which is about 15 minutes from Anaheim, depending on traffic. Serviced by most major U.S. carriers, Orange County’s only commercial airport is easy to navigate, with car rentals available onsite. Though daily flights to Canada may be John Wayne’s only direct international route, the airport handles about 300 flights a day, serving 23 U.S. destinations. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are also nearby, but far less convenient. During rush hour, the 35-mile trek from LAX is likely an hour—or more—drive and Long Beach Airport will be a similar commute via clogged freeways. Super Shuttle vans (from $10-40 for the first person depending on the airport and approximately $10 for an additional passenger) and hotel shuttles can deliver you and your luggage to Anaheim. A taxi will run you around $100 unless you can arrange a better flat fee in advance.
There’s a Greyhound
bus terminal at 100 W. Winston Road, near the Anaheim Indoor Marketplace, offering frequent connections (714-999-1256).
As in every tourist destination, there are plenty of taxis to help you get around the Anaheim area. (However, check out the complimentary and discount shuttle services available before you call for a cab.) Taxi stands at the Amtrak Station, John Wayne Airport and the west end of Downtown Disney are easy places to catch a cab, but you’ll need to call for a taxi in most other cases. It’s approximately $2.40 for the first 1/6 mile, plus an additional 40 cents per 1/6 mile.
The friendly red trolleys of Anaheim Resort Transit
(ART) service most hotels in the Disney Resorts District. For $4 for adults, $1 for children, they will pick you up at your hotel and deliver you to the gates of the Magic Kingdom throughout the day (714-563-5287). Orange Country Transit Authority
Buses and Metrolink trains also navigate the Orange County area (714-636-7433). Unfortunately, public bus transportation around Southern California is a dicey affair, with inconvenient routes and lengthy waits between connections. It’s definitely not your first choice for transportation.
Southern California may be a car culture, but be prepared to pay to park just about everywhere in Anaheim. Because everything is relatively close in the Disney Resorts District, it’s easier to just leave your car parked at the hotel and walk or take a shuttle to most places. Some hotels (like the Disney Resort properties) include the price of self-parking in your nightly rate (valet will run you more in the range of $14-$20 a night), while others may charge anywhere from $5 to $25 a night. Freeways are easy to navigate, as the signage is good, but avoid rush hour, 7-9AM and 4-7PM on weekdays, when traffic goes into LA in the morning, and out in the evening, and the major arteries can resemble parking lots.