John Wayne Airport Guide (SNA)

Airport info
Code: SNA
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, California 92707, United States

John Wayne Airport is situated in Santa Ana, 56km (35 miles) south of Los Angeles in California.

No. of terminals: 3 Dialling code: +1
(949) 252 5200.
John Wayne Airport map

Previously known as Orange County Airport due to its location within Orange County, California, John Wayne Airport operates routes to destinations in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Our John Wayne Airport guide includes information on transportation, accommodation and airport services.

Airport news

A new international arrivals area opened in Terminal C in June 2012.


There are two information booths located on the ground floor, near the baggage carousels. Passengers can also use one of the white courtesy telephones for information, by dialling: (949) 252 5200. Red Coat Ambassadors are also on hand to provide assistance.

Driving directions

John Wayne Airport can be reached from the ‘MacArthur Boulevard’ exit from Interstate 405 (southbound), which leads from central Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Monica. From East Los Angeles, take Interstate 5 southbound and turn onto SR55 (southbound), which has a dedicated exit to the airport.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus: Buses leave from the Ground Transportation Centre outside the lower level of the terminal. Southern California Gray Line (tel: (714) 978 8855 or 1 800 828 6699 in the USA; connects to Anaheim and Disneyland. In addition to this, Orange County Transportation Authority (tel: (714) 636 7433; runs bus 76 from Huntington Beach and Newport Beach via Talbert Avenue/MacArthur Boulevard. Bus 212 operates from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano via the 405 freeway.

Shuttle: Numerous shuttle companies operate from John Wayne Airport’s Ground Transportation Centre, including Super Shuttle (tel: 1 800 258 3826 in the USA; The iShuttle (tel: (949) 724 6287; links the airport with Tustin Railway Station.

Taxi: John Wayne Airport Yellow Cab Service (tel: 1 800 535 2211 in the USA) has taxis seating up to five people and vans seating up to seven. Fares are metered, although flat rates to destinations may be provided upon request. Taxis depart from a rank at the Ground Transportation Centre.

Terminal facilities


ATMs can be found in the baggage reclaim area, and on the general lower (public area) and upper levels (departures area) of the terminal building, near gates 7 and 8 in Terminal A and gates 9 and 10 in Terminal B. There are no currency exchange facilities at the airport.


Telephones can be found at various points within the airport. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the terminal building. There no postboxes in the terminal complex.


There are numerous fast-food outlets, cafés, bars and restaurants at John Wayne Airport. The new Marketplace area (near gates 13 and 14) offers a good range of options, from frozen yoghurt to Chinese cuisine. Other places to eat at the airport include a 1940s-style burger joint and a wine bar.


Shops and newsagents are located on the upper level (Departures). Among the shops is a retailer selling electronic items, confectioners, surf clothing shop and various designer outlets.


There is no left-luggage facility at John Wayne Airport. Trolleys are available for a small fee. For lost property, call: (949) 252 5000.


An art gallery featuring work from a range of artists can be found on the departures level.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

There is no dedicated business centre at John Wayne Airport, but basic conference and business facilities are available at the United Airlines Red Carpet Club (tel: (949) 252 5736) and the American Airlines Admirals Club (tel: (949) 852 5470) membership-only lounges near gates 8 and 9. A wider range of meeting and business facilities are available at various nearby hotels, including the Irvine Marriott Hotel (tel: (949) 757 1200;

Disabled facilities

Flight information monitors display visual pages; the airport operator (tel: (949) 252 5200) can also assist with services for disabled travellers. TDD telephones and white courtesy phones are situated throughout the terminal.

In terms of mobility, wheelchair assistance is available on request; passengers are advised to contact their airline in advance. Lifts are located near the baggage reclaim escalator and close to gates 1A and 14A. Dedicated disabled parking spaces are available in all car parks, while a loading bay is situated on the Arrivals and Departures levels. Orange County Transportation Authority buses are suitable for disabled travellers.


Car parking

Car parks A1, A2, B2 and C (tel: (949) 252 5200) are located next to the terminal; these offer both short- and long-term rates. Cheaper long-term car parking is available at the Main Street car park (located between Red Hill Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard), from which courtesy shuttles transport passengers to/from the Main Street car park. Curbside valet parking (tel: 949) 752 5558) is available on the upper level roadway.

Car rental

Car hire companies at John Wayne Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty, with desks on the lower level (Arrivals). Numerous local operators are located off-site.


There are no hotels at John Wayne Airport. Several options are available within easy reach, however, and many of these provide complimentary shuttle services. Our John Wayne Airport guide offers the following options:

Hyatt Regency Irvine

(949) 975 1234.

Boasting rooms equipped with HD TVs and iPod docking stations, the Hyatt Regency Irvine is a short distance from John Wayne Airport and is served by a complimentary shuttle bus service. The hotel has a range of options for meetings and also houses a grill restaurant and bar.

17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, California 92614, United States

Irvine Marriott Hotel

(949) 533 0100.

Less than 1.6km (1 mile) from the airport, Irvine Marriott Hotel is linked to the terminal building via a shuttle bus service. Hotel facilities include high-speed internet access, a fitness centre, swimming pool and extensive meeting space. Dining options include a sushi bar and a restaurant serving Californian cuisine.

18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, California 92612, United States

Hilton Irvine Hotel

(949) 833 9999.

Despite being within walking distance of John Wayne Airport, the Hilton Irvine Hotel is served by a free shuttle bus that provides transfers to the terminal building. Among its many facilities, the hotel has a tennis court, swimming pool and a range of business services and meeting space.

18800 MacArthur Boulevard, Irvine, California 92612, United States

Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport

(949) 261 2020.

Just off the 405 freeway, a short distance from John Wayne Airport, Residence Inn Irvine John Wayne Airport offers mid-range accommodation with a range of leisure facilities. A shuttle bus operates from the hotel to the airport.

2855 Main Street, Irvine, California 92614, United States

Radisson Hotel Newport Beach

(949) 833 0570.

Offering a restaurant, lounge bar and a range of leisure and fitness facilities, the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach is one of the closest hotels to John Wayne Airport. Guests here can make use of complimentary parking, shuttle and internet access.

4545 Macarthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, California 92660, United States
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