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Once you reach Southern California, you need to continue on to Anaheim or another outlying area to reach your destination. Here are your options:
TAKING A BUS
Disneyland Resort Express shuttles visitors between both Los Angeles International (LAX)/John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Disneyland. The service is operated by CoachUSA (800-828-6699, https://dre.coachusa.com). Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. From LAX, follow the signs to the Lower/Arrival Level island in the front of each terminal and stand under the green bus sign in the center island. A one-way fare to/from LAX is $30/adult ($48 roundtrip) and $22/kids 3–11 ($36 roundtrip). Tip: Check on-line for discount coupons. From the John Wayne Airport, follow the signs to baggage claim, pick up your luggage, and cross the street to the Disneyland Express/Airport Bus ticket booth at the Ground Transportation Center—a roundtrip fare is $35/adult and $26/kids. Disneyland Express buses are identified as such, and may even be emblazoned with Disneyland art. Bus time schedules are available via phone or their web site. Keep in mind that buses can make several stops along the way to drop off other passengers, taking up to an hour and a half to reach your destination. Tip: You need to know exactly where the bus will pick you up for your return trip; you don't want to know how we found this out! Note that you can take a Metro Bus from LAX to Disneyland also, but the price is the same and it’s harder to transport lots of luggage—for more information, visit http://www.mta.net.
USING A SHARED-RIDE VAN SERVICE OR SHUTTLE
Another ground transportation option available from all four airports, L.A.’s Amtrak Union Station, and L.A.’s Greyhound Terminal are shared-ride vans, also known as shuttles. SuperShuttle (714-517-6600 or 800-BLUE-VAN, http://www.supershuttle.com) and Prime Time Shuttle (310-356-7922 or 800-RED-VANS, http://www.primetimeshuttle.com) will take you nearly anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area. Call or go online to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. From LAX, follow the signs to the Lower/Arrival Level island and request a pickup from the appropriate company's agent standing under the Shared-Ride Vans sign. From other locations, you may also need to use a courtesy phone to request pickup. At press time, a one-way fare from LAX to Disneyland is $17/person (SuperShuttle) or $16/person (Prime Time Shuttle). Kids ride free under age 3 (on SuperShuttle) and under age 2 (on Prime Time Shuttle). These shuttles tend to carry fewer people than the Airport Bus, meaning they’ll probably make fewer stops before reaching your destination. Parents take note: If you’re traveling with a child under 6 years of age or under 60 lbs. (27 kg.), you must bring an approved child safety seat to use on the shuttle. Accessible vans for travelers with special needs are also available upon request. What about hotel shuttles? Hotels near Disneyland and most other attractions are just too far away from airports to offer shuttles. If you’re staying in a hotel within 5–10 miles of an airport, inquire with that hotel directly.
USING A CAR SERVICE, TOWNCAR, OR LIMO
Both SuperShuttle and Prime Time Shuttle offer car services, though they’re pricey—about $115–158 for a one-way trip from LAX to Disneyland for up to three or four adults. We found cheaper rates through Limos.com (855-871-8561, http://www.limos.com), which offers a $99/one-way fare between LAX and Disneyland for up to four adults in a sedan (such as a Lincoln MKT).
TAKING A TAXI OR UBER
Figure about $95–$120 plus tip for one-way cab fare from LAX to Disneyland. Large parties may be able to ride in a taxi mini-van economically, however. From LAX, follow the signs to the Lower/Arrival Level and look for a yellow taxi sign. UberX rates are lower at $39–$52—you'll need to hail them on your Uber app (http://www.uber.com) first, then follow signs marked "ride service" to the upper departures level, where drivers will pick up passengers at the curb. If you need a taxi from within the Disneyland Resort, call the Anaheim Yellow Cab Company (http://www.yellowcab.com, 714-999-9999) or use Uber.
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