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The closest major airport is John Wayne Airport located in Santa Ana, CA, at a distance of 3 miles from the city centre of Irvine, CA.


The distance between Santa Ana and Irvine can be made in around 15 minutes, by car, the cost of the fuel for this trip being of about $4 for a round trip.


Travelers are advised to get to the airport 2 hours ahead of their departure time in order to find parking, get through security and on their gate on time.


Ground airport transportation

Rental Cars


The rental car companies present convenient services for travelers. The car rental counters are located between Terminals A and B, on the arrival level, across the statue of John Wayne.




Shuttle services can be found in the Ground Transportation Center. Visitors are advised to ask directions from the coordinators who can assist them.




Passengers will always find taxi services available in the Ground Transportation Center. The regular fares are: $2.95 for the first quarter of mile; $0.65 for the additional quarter of mile and the waiting fee is $30/hour.




The Orange County Transportation Authority provides the routes 212 and 76 that are serving the John Wayne Airport area. The bus stop can be found outside Terminal B, on the arrival level.




There are more than 500 companies that are providing limo services at John Wayne Airport. Visitors should keep in mind that reservations in advance are necessary in order to be able to use this kind of service.


Getting around in Irvine

By Bike/Walking


Irvine has several bike paths spread through the city. Along the streets, there are over 280 miles of bike lanes, as well as an extensive network of sidewalks.


Public Transit


The public transportation service consists in a commuter rail station, located toward San Bernardino and Riverside counties or the beaches of Orange County, boarding passengers in trains every 30 minutes.


By Car


The majority of Californians seems to rely on their own private vehicle and do not use the public transportation service very often. That means that the traffic can get very stressful sometimes.


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