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Car Rental at John Wayne Airport

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John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, USA - California
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500+ Trusted Providers:

Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$36.96 / per day
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Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$37.48 / per day
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Intermediate
Hyundai Elantra or similar
Hyundai Elantra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$39.07 / per day
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Standard
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$40.65 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Ford Fusion or similar
Ford Fusion
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$38.53 / per day
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Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$40.30 / per day
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Special
Jeep Wrangler or similar
Jeep Wrangler
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$51.39 / per day
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Minivan
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$56.79 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 03:06 on 2020-09-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$36.75 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.0

Airport Car Rental

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is the only commercial airport serving Orange County. It used to be called Orange County Airport until it was named for the legendary movie star who is buried in Newport Beach. 

Orange County, which is mostly suburban, lies south of Los Angeles. It is a popular tourist destination for various reasons. Its miles and miles of beaches are famous both for being a great place to relax and for surfing. Disneyland, the second-most-popular theme park in the world, is located in Anaheim in Orange County. 

Top international routes

  • Vancouver
  • San Jose del Cabo

Main airlines

The low-cost airline Southwest is the largest airline at the airport with almost 3 million passengers using it every year. It flies to Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento, and San Jose, in addition to Cabo.

United is the second-busiest airline at SNA. Its primary destination is San Francisco which is its main West Coast hub. It also flies to Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Newark.

American is also a popular airline with its main destinations being Phoenix and its hub, Dallas/Fort Worth.

Alaska and Delta also handle many passengers at the airport. Alaska flies to destinations on the West Coast and Delta’s most popular route is to Seattle.

Terminals

There are three terminals at John Wayne Airport, though they are all in the same building. American, Delta, and WestJet use Terminal A. Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, and United use Terminals B and C. Terminal C also has specific commuter gates. It is also the international terminal for all flights without preclearance.

Location

The airport sits at the heart of Orange County, and though its address is officially Santa Ana, it is actually located south of the city. It is also surrounded by the cities of Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach. The airport is about 15 miles away from Disneyland, a 20-minute drive. Though Long Beach Airport is closer as the crow flies, it is a longer drive away due to traffic.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Large cars - from $50 per day
  • Medium cars - from $35 per day
  • Premium cars - from $48 per day
  • Small cars - from $33 per day
  • SUVs - from $60 per day

Top car rental companies

  • Alamo (Tel: 8888266893)
  • National (Tel: +18888266890)
  • NUCarrentals (Tel: 8557887030)
  • Enterprise (Tel: +19492539155)
  • Dollar (Tel: 8664342226)
  • FOX (Tel: +17148745322 / +18002254369)
  • Midway (Tel: +19492679020)
  • Alamo (Tel: +18888266893)
  • Dollar (Tel: +18664342226)
  • Thrifty (Tel: +18772830898)
  • Avis (Tel: +19496605200)
  • Budget (Tel: +19492526240)
  • Europcar (Tel: +19497527832)
  • GreenMotion (Tel: +19497526664)
  • Ace Rent a car (Tel: 8002018088)
  • Economy rent a car (Tel: +18773267368)

Car rental desks

Some rental companies have rental desks at the airport while others are located near the airport. Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, and National all have desks in the airport’s arrival area between terminals A and B. Once the paperwork is completed, renters must proceed to the parking garage which is also where they’ll have to return their rental.

Midway, Economy (serviced by Allied Rent a Car), and Fox are all located away from the airport. These companies provide shuttles from the terminal to their locations. Allow extra time when returning vehicles to these companies’ locations, though. The shuttle can add up to thirty minutes.

Services and facilities

John Wayne Airport has all of the services and amenities one would expect of an Orange County airport.

The airport has rotating art exhibitions throughout the terminal and baggage claim area. The artworks are of museum-quality given that they are judged by a specific commission. Free Wifi is available throughout the airport.

The airport has two lounges, an American Airlines Admirals Club near Gate 8 and United Airlines United Club near Gate 9. A USO lounge for members of the military and their families can be found in Terminal B near the baggage claim area. While there are no hotels at the airport, three can be found just across the street and a few more can be found just off the 405.

Finally, there is no need to go hungry or thirsty at the airport. There are plenty of dining options throughout all terminals, including both fast food places like CarlsJr and table-service restaurants serving various cuisines. Coffee shops can also be found throughout the terminals.

Nearest gas station

There is a Chevron Station on MacArthur Blvd. almost directly in front of the airport. It is also convenient for most (depending on which direction they are coming from) returning cars to off-airport locations.

Another option is a different Chevron station at the intersection of Bristol Street and Irvine Avenue at the exit from the Corona Del Mar Freeway. Just down the street, there is an Arco station whose gas is typically 20 cents cheaper, though it would require a slight circle to turn around to get back to the road to the airport.

Airport info

Rating
8.2
  • Getting to the airport 6.6
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 6.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.5
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.4
  • Lounge 3.5

John Wayne Airport (SNA)

  • IATA: SNA
  • ICAO: KSNA
  • Name: John Wayne Airport (SNA)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Distance from City: 4 miles / 6.4 km S of town
  • Working hours: 24 hours a day
  • Phone: +1 (949) 252 5200
  • Email: info@ocair.com

Top 20 Locations near John Wayne Airport

  1. 30.6 km / 19.0 miles away
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  8. 122.3 km / 76.0 miles away
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  11. 150.5 km / 93.5 miles away
  12. 200.0 km / 124.3 miles away
  13. 224.0 km / 139.2 miles away
  14. Car Rental at Fresno Airport from $37.13 per day
    383.5 km / 238.3 miles away
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  18. 598.2 km / 371.7 miles away
  19. 602.9 km / 374.6 miles away
  20. 613.4 km / 381.1 miles away

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When are car rental prices cheapest at John Wayne Airport?

The cost of renting a car at John Wayne Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at John Wayne Airport
$54.48
January
$27.91
February
$28.02
March
$29.44
April
$43.19
May
$32.69
June
$64.99
July
$52.53
August
September
$67.32
October
$29.18
November
$31.78
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at John Wayne Airport is February when prices for an Economy class start from $27.91. You can see that this is 33% cheaper than the yearly average and 59% cheaper than renting a car in October (when rental prices start at $67.32 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at John Wayne Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 20 days, while in January, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average Rental Length
5
January
5
February
6
March
5
April
5
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
20
September
7
October
9
November
5
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at John Wayne Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at John Wayne Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in February.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
86%
January
69%
February
81%
March
86%
April
92%
May
143%
June
159%
July
119%
August
75%
September
94%
October
103%
November
93%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
FOX Dodge Caravan 4 4 People Carriers/Vans
FOX Toyota Camry 4 2 Large cars
FOX Kia Sportage 5 4 SUVs
FOX Toyota Yaris 4 2 Small cars
FOX Dodge Journey 5 4 SUVs
FOX Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
FOX Nissan Versa 4 3 Medium cars
FOX Jeep Wrangler Sport 4 3 SUVs
Economy rent a car Toyota Corolla 4 1 Large cars
National Ford Edge 4 6 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
June 24, 2019
Santa Ana, and by extension Los Angeles, are both very large and whilst you can get around by public transport I would strongly recommend hiring a car.

Top 16 Suppliers at John Wayne Airport in 2020

Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
8888266893
19051 AIRPORT WAY NORTH,
$37 - $202
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+18888266890
18601 Airport Way North, Santa Ana, CA 92707
$40 - $83
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Exceptional 9.1
8557887030
4120 BIRCH STREET STE 111
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+19492539155
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
$38 - $93
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
8664342226
18601 AIRPORT WAY
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
+17148745322 / +18002254369
325 E Baker St., Costa Mesa.
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:30
Tue:06:00-23:30
Wed:06:00-23:30
Thu:06:00-23:30
Fri:06:00-23:30
Sat:06:00-23:30
Sun:06:00-23:30
Midway
Midway
Excellent 8.5
+19492679020
1701 Corinthian Way, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-16:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+18888266893
19051 Airport Way North, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
+18664342226
18601 Airport Way
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.5
+18772830898
4043 Birch Street
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+19496605200
18601 Airport Way John Wayne Orange County Apo
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+19492526240
18601 Airport Way, Suite 73 John Wayne Orange Co. Apt
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
+19497527832
BAGGAGE CLAIM AREA 18601 APT WAY
$37 - $57
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
+19497526664
3195 Airport Loop Dr. D-2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Working hours
Mon:07:00-18:00
Tue:07:00-18:00
Wed:07:00-18:00
Thu:07:00-18:00
Fri:07:00-18:00
Sat:07:00-17:00
Sun:07:00-17:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
8002018088
201 E MacArthur Blvd
Economy rent a car
Acceptable 5.5
+18773267368
18800 Mac Arthur Blvd
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