Getting there & around
For getting around by public transportation, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA; 714-636-7433; www.octa.net; info line 5am-10pm Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm Sat & Sun) operates a fleet of buses serving towns and destinations throughout the county. The fare is $1.25 per ride or $3 for a day pass. Both types of tickets are sold onboard and you’ll need exact change. Free OCTA bus system maps and schedules are available at train stations, most chambers of commerce and online. You can get schedule information by phone, but there is no after-hours automated phone service, so call before it closes.
If you’re heading to Disneyland or the Orange County beaches, you can avoid the always-busy Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by flying into the easy-to- navigate John Wayne Airport (SNA; 949-252-5200; www.ocair.com) in Santa Ana. The airport is 8 miles inland from Newport Beach, via Hwy 55, near the junction of I-405 (San Diego Fwy). Airlines serving Orange County include Alaska, Aloha, America West, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest and United.
Long Beach Airport(LGB; 562-570-2600; www.longbeach.gov/airport), to the north just across the county line, is a handy alternative.
The easiest way to get around Orange County is by car, but avoid driving on the freeways during the morning and afternoon rush hours (7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm).