Disneyland and California Adventure Park are both located in Anaheim, California, roughly 26 miles from Los Angeles, depending on where in the city you're coming from. Getting there can be a breeze if you leave at 5 a.m., but if you try to travel during rush hour times, you could wind up getting stuck on the freeway for hours. If you're willing to wake up early for the commute, the fastest way to get there is to drive. During peak travel times, however, taking the public bus or train may be your best option.
|Bus||2 hours||from $1||Minding a budget|
|Train||2 hours, 30 minutes||from $24||When the bus is not an option|
|Car||30 minutes or more||26 miles||Arriving on a time crunch|
What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Los Angeles to Disneyland?
The cheapest way to travel to Anaheim and its Disney resorts from Los Angeles is by public bus. Where you catch the bus will depend on where in the city you're traveling from, but if you're coming from downtown, you can get on the Metro bus' 460 line at Flower and 7th Streets, and take it all the way to Disneyland's employee entrance, a two-hour ride that costs only about $2.
If you're coming from the Los Angeles International Airport, then you can also arrange for a shuttle to take you to Disneyland. Companies like Karmel Shuttle Vans offer group transportation to and tours of Disneyland and California Adventure Park; however, prices start in the range of $40.
What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Los Angeles to Disneyland?
If you plan to travel outside of peak times, then the fastest way to get to Disneyland from Los Angeles is by car. From the downtown area, the theme park is 26 miles on I-5 South, which takes about 30 minutes without traffic. From Santa Monica, however, it's about 40 miles, and from Hollywood, it's 32 miles.
Once you get to Disneyland, parking is very efficient. If anyone in your party has a mobility concern, just tell the parking attendant as you go in. Disneyland offers special parking places and vans to take you to the entrance.
How Long Is the Train Ride?
While you can get close to Disneyland by rail, don't expect to step out of a train car and onto Main Street USA. The Disneyland entrance is a good 45-minute walk or bus ride from the Anaheim train station. The ARTIC station is served by the Pacific Surfliner route, which runs from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. You can catch that train any time of day from Union Station. The trip takes 30 minutes and tickets start at $20. If you disembark at Fullerton Amtrak Station, you can take the Orange County Transportation bus (lines 43 or 543) to Harbor-East Shuttle Area, a 30-minute ride that costs about $4.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Disneyland?
When to travel to Disneyland depends on the kind of experience you're hoping to have. If it's lively parades, holiday-themed events, and all the crowds that come with such things that you crave, then—by all means—go during one of Disney's many festivities (Christmas, Halloween, Independence Day). But if you're hoping for shorter lines and a quieter atmosphere, then go during the slower season. January through May and September to mid-November are the least busy times at Disneyland.
What Is There to Do in Disneyland?
Disneyland encompasses 85 acres of amusement rides, shops, restaurants, and sidewalk food stalls serving up themed treats like Mickey Mouse-shaped pretzels, waffles, ice cream sundaes, beignets, and more in Anaheim, California. It's home to the famous walkthrough Sleeping Beauty Castle and a bustling Downtown Disney District. Whereas the designated Disneyland section is especially young kid-friendly (think: photo opportunities with Disney characters and more PG-rated rides), the adjacent California Adventure caters more to an adult set (meaning: beer and margaritas abound).