Getting to Disneyland and California Adventure

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Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, California and the official address is 1313 S. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA.Some say the double 13's in the Disneyland address stand for M. M., Mickey Mouse's initials (M is the 13th letter in the alphabet). But having the Disneyland address by itself isn't a big help unless you know how to use it. No matter how you're traveling, we'll tell how to get to Disneyland

Driving

Disneyland Resort is located just off I-5 in Anaheim. Exit at either the Harbor Blvd. or Disneyland exit. I-5 is the freeway closest to the Disneyland entrance, but you can also get there on CA Hwy 22, exiting at Harbor Boulevard going north, from CA Hwy 91, exiting onto Harbor Blvd south or from CA Hwy 55 or 57, exiting at Katella Avenue going west.

Once you get to Disneyland, parking is very efficient. Just follow signs and friendly people directing you and you can't go wrong. If anyone in your party has mobility concern, just tell the parking attendant as you go in. They have special parking places and vans to take you to the entrance.

Flying

There are five commercial airports in the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles International (LAX) is the most common arrival point for Disneyland visitors. It offers the most airline and flight choices but its also very busy and 35 miles from Disneyland

John Wayne/Orange County airport (SNA) is only 15 miles from the Disneyland Resort. It's a convenient option if you can find a flight to it that meets your needs and it's quieter and easy to get around in. Other airport options include Long Beach, which is served by budget carrier Jet Blue, Burbank and Ontario. Also consider San Diego if you're planning to spend part of your vacation there.

If you're on a budget, consider flying on a red eye flight which are often the cheapest flights to Disneyland from the East Coast. Also keep an eye on fares from budget carriers as there are sometimes flash sales.

Disneyland Airport Shuttles

If Disneyland is your only destination and you can get to it on foot or by public transport from your hotel, you don't need a rental car to get there and you may save money by using other options. If you can't or don't want to drive, a shuttle is likely to be your best method of transport.

Taking a shuttle to Disneyland is more convenient than using public transit and cheaper than taking a taxi or limo. At LAX or the Orange County airport, you'll find transportation coordinators who can help you get a shuttle. While convenient, you may have to share your shuttle with up to three other parties, circle the airport 2 or 3 times while the driver tries to find more passengers and make multiple stops before reaching your hotel. All of that could add an hour or more to your travel time.

Disneyland Resort Express from the Airport

The Disneyland Resort Express offers bus service from LAX or John Wayne Airport to Disneyland. It's a convenient, direct trip but it only runs about once an hour which can end up costing too much time depending on when your flight arrives.

For someone traveling alone, the express barely saves money when compared to using Uber or Lyft. For two or more people, the bill for those ridesharing services will be much cheaper, and you can travel when you want to.

Alternatives to Disneyland Shuttles

If you're traveling in a larger group, shuttles charge by the person and you may find that it's cheaper to rent a car, use a ride share service, or use a taxi

The long trip from LAX to Disneyland in a taxi is likely to be your most expensive way to go, but taxi service from the John Wayne Airport to Disneyland is also available. Find the current cost at the airport website. Rates are given per mile and the airport is about 15 miles from Disneyland. 

Taking a Bus

All of Anaheim's transit lines meet up at the ARTIC transportation center, located about 5 miles from Disneland. If you arrive at ARTIC by long-distance bus or train, you can easily catch local transportation to Disneyland in the same place.

The Greyhound and Crucero USA Anaheim bus depot nearest Disneyland is at 100 West Winston Road, about a mile away. From the bus station, you can catch Anaheim Resort Transit Route 10, which goes to the Disneyland Resort—or get a taxi if you're in a hurry.

Flixbus offers bus service between Los Angeles and San Francisco. On the LA end, they stop in five locations, including some on the Westside. In Northern California, you can go to San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont and San Francisco (Townsend Street near the CalTrain station). 

Direct bus service to Disneyland is also available from downtown Los Angeles and San Diego, although these buses make multiple stops along the way. You'll find the details for them by going to the pages in this guide that describe how to get to Disneyland from Los Angeles and San Diego.

Taking a Train

If you want to take a train to Disneyland, you may find it's not as easy as some people make it sound. Some are short on information and we've even seen writers so confused that they mistake the local resort shuttle bus for a train.

The truth is—you can get close to Disneyland by train, but don't expect to step out of your coach and onto Main Street USA. The Disneyland entrance is a good 45-minute walk from the Anaheim train station, or a somewhat-shorter bus ride.

If you're arriving at LAX and hoping to take the train to Disneyland, you're likely to be frustrated by the process, which requires getting to downtown LA's Union Station before boarding the train and then taking a bus at the other end to reach Disneyland. This trip is much better done by shuttle or bus.

The ARTIC station is served by the Pacific Surfliner route, which runs from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. If you're coming from further away, you'll have to change trains in one of those locations. Amtrak offers travel discounts to students, veterans, AAA and AARP members who present their ID or membership card when purchasing a ticket. 

Depending on your schedule, it might be faster to get to Disneyland on the regional Metrolink train. It's also a good option if you're traveling from within the LA metro area and not near an Amtrak station. Metrolink uses the same train stations as Amtrak. The downside is that this commuter train runs infrequently on weekends.

Getting to Disneyland from ARTIC

You could call a taxi to get you there, but we're guessing that if you took the train to Disneyland, you're the type who might prefer the bus.

To get to Disneyland from the Anaheim train station, take Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) Route 15 bus to the Disneyland Resort, which runs about once an hour from mid-morning through midnight. OCTA (Orange County Transit) also operates buses from the Anaheim train station, but that option requires a change of buses en route, making it a good choice only when ART is not running.

Some resources suggest using the Fullerton stop instead of Anaheim if you're taking the train to Disneyland. From the Fullerton train station, Orange County Transit buses go to Disneyland, starting earlier and running more frequently than Anaheim Resort Transit from Anaheim station.