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Orange County, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 506
Total Sleeping Rooms 58,363
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 2,200
Committable Meeting Rooms* 104
Convention Center Space 1,800,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,013,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $188
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $96
*Maximum for a single hotel

Orange County, CA Airport Information

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Located just 20 minutes outside of Anaheim, the John Wayne Airport serves nearly 9 million passengers per year. Known as the gateway to Orange County, it offers nonstop service to over 15 destinations in the United States, including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, Newark, Vancouver, and Minneapolis.

The airport has several local and full-service eateries, a wine bar, and a number of gift shops and newsstands. Rental cars and parking are available onsite.

Airline carriers serving John Wayne Airport

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Northwest Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United
  • US Airways

Orange County, CA Train Information

Orange County Amtrak Station

Amtrak offers several stations throughout Orange County, with locations in Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine. All four stations serve the Pacific Surfliner route, which runs along the Southern California coast from San Diego to San Luis Obispo; this route offers 12 daily round trips between San Diego and Los Angeles and between Santa Barbara and San Diego. The Fullerton Station also serves the Southwest Chief route, which runs daily from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Orange County, CA Public Transportation

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Bus System

The Orange County Transportation Authority's county-wide bus and paratransit service, named among the best public transportation systems by the American Public Transportation Association, operates daily on nearly 80 routes. OCTA offers local, express, and OC Express buses; all OC Express bus seats offer an element of personal luxury with a lap tray, power connection, and reading light. OCTA provides direct access to the Anaheim Convention Center along Routes 50, 205, and 430 and access to the Orange County/John Wayne Airport along Routes 472 and 473.

One-way bus fare is $1.50 for local routes, $4.50 for express routes, and $3 for OC Express routes. One-, seven-, 15-, and 30-day passes are also available. Children ages 6 and under ride free.

OCTA Metrolink

Metrolink, Southern California's rail system, operates 11 stations throughout Orange County, including two Anaheim stations. Metrolink runs 44 round trips every weekday along three lines and even offers free transit connections to many Los Angeles destinations and tourist sites.

The Orange County Line provides weekday and weekend service from Los Angeles Union Station to Oceanside, while the Inland Empire-Orange County Line provides weekday and weekend service from San Bernardino to Oceanside. The 91 Line provides weekday service from Riverside to Los Angeles Union Station via Fullerton and Buena Park.

Metrolink fares vary by distance traveled; one-way, round-trip, 10-trip, monthly, and weekend passes are available. Children ages 5 and under ride free.

ARTIC transportation hub

Once visitors arrive in Anaheim, there are myriad options for getting around the city. Located next to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center) offers a central way to take advantage of the city's transit services, including rail, bus, and taxi. The station is serviced by Amtrak, Metrolink, and Orange County Transportation Authority buses. Anaheim Resort Transportation also provides service from ARTIC across 22 routes to key destinations such as Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Convention Center, Knott's Berry Farm, downtown Santa Ana, and 70-plus local hotels.

Anaheim Resort Transit

The extremely convenient Anaheim Resort Transit serves the Anaheim Resort District, which encompasses the Disneyland parks and the Anaheim Convention Center, as well as hotels and retail, dining, and entertainment venues. The bus transit system operates on 16 interchangeable routes, allowing for easy access to all Anaheim Resort District destinations.

One-way fares are $3 for adults and one-day passes are $4 for adults. Three- and five-day passes are also available, at $10 and $16 for adults, respectively.

Rental Cars

Orange County area airports have several onsite and offsite rental-car companies. Popular onsite options include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Rental counters can be found at the arrivals level between Terminals A and B at John Wayne Airport. At Los Angeles International, travelers can use courtesy shuttles offered by 10 of the airport's 40 rental-car agencies for direct access.

At L.A./Ontario International Airport, passengers can reach on-airport rental-car agencies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty by shuttle to the Consolidated Rental Car Facility. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National service Long Beach Airport's Rental Car Center, accessible by shuttle.

Taxis

Travelers can use taxi service from each of the Orange County area airports to downtown Anaheim. When traveling to the Anaheim Resort District and convention center area, expect fares of about $40 from John Wayne Airport and $90 from Los Angeles International Airport. Fare is about $90 from L.A./Ontario International Airport and $45 from Long Beach Airport.

Taxi rates in Anaheim are $2.95 for the first quarter-mile and 65 cents for each additional quarter-mile. Taxis can be hailed on the streets or found at hotel taxi stands.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Los Angeles, CA 35 mi 39 min N/A N/A
San Diego, CA 87 mi 1 hr 32 min 56 min USD $301+
Las Vegas, NV 271 mi 3 hr 53 min 1 hr USD $105+
San Francisco, CA 417 mi 6 hr 15 min 1 hr 10 min USD $198+
Seattle, WA 1,163 mi 18 hr 11 min 2 hr 42 min USD $119+
 
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