The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is only 34 miles from Disneyland, so if your trip to Southern California is all about visiting the park, you'll need to consider all the options for getting from LAX to Disneyland. Some factors to consider are how much time you'll be spending at the resort, whether you're traveling alone or with a large group, and how much you're looking to spend on transportation.
If you're looking for the cheapest method, you can take public transit all the way from the airport to Disneyland for less than $2, but it will take you a while to get there. Shared shuttles aren't much more expensive but save you a lot of time and headache, since you can sit back and just enjoy the ride. You can also take a private car, including everything from taxis to a hired limousine. Within this group, ridesharing apps are the most affordable option.
|Public Transit||2 hours||from $1.75||Traveling on a budget|
|Shuttle||45-60 minutes||from $10||Balancing convenience with price|
|Car||35-60 minutes||from $50||Arriving on a time crunch|
What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From LAX to Disneyland?
Taking public transit from LAX to Disneyland requires a significant amount of time and a couple of transfers, so if you're traveling with heavy luggage then you're likely better off with a more direct method of transport. But the entire journey only costs $1.75, making it by far the most affordable way to get to the park.
First, you'll take the free shuttle from the airport terminal to the LAX/Aviation subway station outside of the airport which connects to the green line. Take the metro all the way to the end of the line at Norwalk Station. When you exit at Norwalk, you can catch the Line 460 bus using your metro ticket as a free transfer pass, which goes directly to the Disneyland Resort. The entire trip should take between two and three hours depending on how much time you have to wait for transfers, so be sure to factor in enough time for your arrival.
What Is the Fastest Way to Get From LAX to Disneyland?
Taking a private car—whether it's a rental, taxi, ride-share vehicle, or a luxury car—is the fastest way to get from the airport to Disneyland, which only takes 30 minutes if you don't hit traffic. However, there's usually traffic, so plan to spend at least an hour on the road, or up to two hours during afternoon rush hour. If you have more than one person in the car you can use the carpool lane (HOV) to speed things up.
A typical taxi fare from LAX to Disneyland will cost you up to $100, plus tip. However, if there's a lot of traffic it can be significantly more expensive. You could also use a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft to pick you up at LAX in the specifically designated area. These are typically half the price of a traditional taxi.
Renting a car in Los Angeles is a good idea only if you're staying at Disneyland one night and then moving on to other areas of Los Angeles. However, if you plan on spending multiple days at the park, you would just be paying daily rental and parking fees for a car you're not using.
If you want to arrive at Disneyland in style, you could also hire a limo or car service to meet you at the airport and escort you and your family to Disneyland. This is one of the least stressful ways to travel and will start your trip off on a luxurious note.
Is There a Shuttle Service to Disneyland?
Shared vans like Supershuttle.com, Primetimeshuttle.com, or Shuttle2LAX.com are a relatively economical way to travel between Disneyland and LAX or other area airports. Fares start as low as $15 per person in a nine-passenger van from LAX, and they will pick you up or drop you off right at your Disneyland hotel.
You may have to wait while the van cruises the airport for more passengers and stops at multiple hotels, but with a shared-ride van to or from Disneyland, chances are you won't have more than four total hotel stops and probably less since most resort guests are not traveling alone.
When you're booking your shuttle online, enter in your exact destination when making the reservation (for example, the name of your hotel and not just "Disneyland," since the fares will vary). Make sure to compare rates on all the shuttle services before booking your reservation. To return to the airport from Disneyland, you will also have to make your reservation in advance. Because the shuttle will make multiple stops along the way to pick up and drop off other people, the total journey could take anywhere between one and two hours, depending on how heavy traffic is that day.
When Is the Best Time to Travel to Disneyland?
Even though Los Angles is infamous for its perpetual traffic, it's at its worst during the weekday commute, so avoid being on the roads during that time, if possible.
Disneyland is great to visit at all times of the year, but especially popular seasons can cause delays. The summer months are always busy, but November and December may be the park's busiest time of year when everything is decorated for the holidays and most kids are off from school. Off-season months are September, October, and the months between New Year's and summer.
If you arrive at the park first thing in the morning, you'll be fighting for parking spaces with other early birds. If you arrive right after the opening rush but before 10 a.m., you can usually catch a lull in visitors which makes it easier to enter the parking lot, find a space, and catch the tram to the park entrance. You'll also notice a big difference in crowds if you visit midweek as opposed to the weekend, so you can spend less time waiting in lines and more time enjoying the rides.
What Is There to Do at Disneyland?
Disneyland is fun for everyone, whether you're visiting with your young kids, your older kids, your partner, or just a group of friends. There are two separate but adjacent theme parks—Disneyland and California Adventure—and you'll need a special park hopper pass to visit them both. Of course, the rides are the main attraction at either park but you can also fill in time with countless other activities, such as meeting and greeting all of your favorite characters around the park. There are shows and parades happening across both parks at all hours of the day, culminating with the spectacular fireworks show that takes place every evening. Downtown Disney is a small avenue between the two parks that offers Disney-themed shopping and restaurants for all tastes.