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Tips for Traveling to Anaheim

Traveling to Anaheim, California is going to be a blast. Here are some quick tips on key attractions, how to get around the city, general California state travel tips and some helpful maps. We look forward to seeing you at Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites soon!

Anaheim & Orange County California

Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California. Covering 50 square miles, the City of Anaheim is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is home to more than 342,000 residents. This vibrant metropolis attracts more than 40 million visitors each year. Anaheim is centrally located in Orange County making it an excellent starting point for all your OC adventures!

It is best known for being the home of Disneyland Parks and its second claim to fame is home of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

View "Walking on Sunshine" video, to get a better understanding of what Anaheim has to offer.

By Air

The county's main airport is Orange County/ John Wayne (SNA) and is located at the intersection of I-405 and MacArthur Boulevard. There are bus and shuttle services at the airport to take visitors to their destination.

Four major airports service the Orange County area with more than 2,500 flights daily from across the globe. The closest airport is John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana (SNA), while the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the largest in the area.

John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 | (949) 252-5200
Drive time: 20 minutes (13 miles/20.92km) to Anaheim

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | (310) 646-5252
Drive time: 50 minutes (35 miles/56.33km) to Anaheim

Long Beach Airport (LGB)
4100 Donald Douglas Dr., Long Beach, CA 90808 | (562) 570-2619
Drive time: 30 minutes (18 miles/28.97km) to Anaheim

Ontario International Airport (ONT)
2500 Airport Dr., Ontario, CA 91761 | (909) 937-2700
Drive time: 45 minutes (36 miles/57.94km) to Anaheim

By Road

The closest airport is the John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana (SNA), while the Los Angeles Interantional Airport (LAX) is the largest one in the area.

For those who rent a car or take a taxi, travel time from SNA is about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. From LAX, the trip takes about 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic. A taxi from SNA costs about $40; from LAX, about $70.

Rental Cars
Let the good times roll. Renting a car is one of the easiest ways to navigate Orange County at your own pace. Take advantage of a thriving network of highways to get you wherever you need to go in OC. U-Save Car Rental on-site at Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites.

Super Shuttle
For most people who don't rent a car, shared shuttle van service, like SuperShuttle, is an economical option. The shuttle will make multiple stops, but you will be delivered right to the door of your hotel. From LAX, the cost is about $16 per person one way/$32 per person roundtrip, plus tip. From SNA, the cost is about $10 per person one way/$20 per person roundtrip, plus tip.
800-258-3826 |

Anaheim Resort Transit (ART)
Get around Anaheim, the center of Orange County, with ease aboard one of the convenient ART trolleys, with daily service from Portofino Inn & Suites to the Disneyland Resort and more. The bright trolleys run 17 routes every 10-15 minutes from the Hotel to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Disneyland Resort, as well as The Shops at Anaheim Gardenwalk, among other popular area destinations.

By Rail

Amtrak makes daily stops in Orange County at the designated stations. Metrolink is a weekday commuter train that runs to and from Los Angeles and Orange County starting as far south as Oceanside. The Metrolink train service is divided into a dozen zones; the fare you pay depends on how many zones you cover.

Amtrak: 800-872-7245 |
Metrolink: 800-371-5465 |

Orange County and all of California is in the Pacific Time Zone. The state observes daylight saving time March through October.

Our average daytime temperature is 74 degrees and most days are sunny. Coastal areas are cooler and the inland areas can be 10 to 15 degrees warmer depending on the time of year. The coolest time of the year is December to February and the warmest time is July to October.

Dressing in layers is highly recommended to help stay comfortable from warm afternoons to cooler evenings. Casual sportswear goes right along with our comfortable weather. Jackets and ties are optional even in the most elegant of restaurants.

Sales Tax
Orange County sales tax is 8.75%.

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Though tipping is voluntary, the following services illustrate appropriate tips you may want to consider when traveling: Restaurant, bar and taxi service: 15-20% of the bill

Alcoholic Beverages/ Liquor Laws
You must be 21 years or older with photo identification to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in California. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a very serious offense. Alcohol is not permitted on most Orange County Beach areas including City, County or State Beaches.

You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase or use tobacco products. Throughout California, smoking is prohibited in most public buildings, all restaurants and many beach areas.

Driving Regulations

  • Valid driver's license and liability insurance are required.
  • Traffic flows on the right (with driver closest to the center median).
  • Child seats are required for children weighing less than 60 pounds and are available with car rentals.
  • Most car rental establishments require drivers to be at least 25 years old.

You will need to install Adobe Acrobat in order to view and print these maps.

Map of Disneyland Park
Map of California Adventure Park
3 Dimensional Map of Anaheim
Southern California Driving Map
Downtown Disney District Map

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Theme Parks

Disneyland® Park
Disney’s California Adventure® Park
• Knott’s Berry Farm
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The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk • Downtown Disney® District • Angels Stadium • Honda Center • Medieval Times • Discovery Science Center
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Anaheim Restaurants

Just out the door of Portofino Inn & Suites, Anaheim offers plenty of dining options. California’s original In-n-Out Burger as well as Carl’s Jr. and Fatburger are California fast-food originals. Convenient and family-friendly chain restaurants include Mimi’s Café, Buca di Beppo and Red Robin among hundreds of other mid-scale options.
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Orange County Beaches

A picture-perfect day at a beautiful Orange County Beach is just a short drive from Portofino Inn & Suites Anaheim.
• Corona del Mar State Beach (in Newport Beach) • Balboa Peninsula (Newport Beach) • Crystal Cove State Park • Laguna Beach • Dana Point • Bolsa Chica State Beach and Ecological Reserve
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Places of Interest

• Anaheim Convention Center • Discovery Science Center • International Surfing Museum • Pacific Marine Mammal Center • Mission San Juan Capistrano • Peter Blake Gallery • Whale Watching • Bowers Museum • Santa Ana Zoo • RMS Queen Mary • Catalina Island
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Shopping in Orange County

• The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk • The Block at Orange, Orange • The Village at Orange, Orange • Westfield MainPlace Shopping Center, Santa Ana • South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa • The District at Tustin Legacy • Fashion Island, Newport Beach
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