Car Rental at John Wayne Airport

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John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, USA - California
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$44.83 per day
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$45.28 per day
Intermediate
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$62.20 per day
Standard
Chevrolet Colorado or similar
Chevrolet Colorado
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$68.04 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Full-size
Chevrolet Malibu or similar
Chevrolet Malibu
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$69.97 / per day
Premium
Nissan Maxima or similar
Nissan Maxima
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$72.42 / per day
Minivan
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$79.32 / per day
Full-size Elite
Infiniti Q50 or similar
Infiniti Q50
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$83.49 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:02 on 2023-01-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Traffic direction
Right-hand side
Country code
1
Average car rental price
$65.69 / per day
Average car rental length
5 days
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mph
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.2
John Wayne Airport Car Rental

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 $70 per day
  • Medium cars - from $62 per day
  • Premium cars - from $92 per day
  • Small cars - from $61 per day
  • SUVs - from $88 per day

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.
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Airport info

Rating
8.2
  • Getting to the airport 6.6
  • Check-in and departures 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 18 Locations near John Wayne Airport

  1. 30.6 km / 19.0 miles away
  2. 49.0 km / 30.4 miles away
  3. 58.0 km / 36.0 miles away
  4. 73.9 km / 45.9 miles away
  5. 122.3 km / 76.0 miles away
  6. 127.0 km / 78.9 miles away
  7. 150.5 km / 93.5 miles away
  8. 200.0 km / 124.3 miles away
  9. 224.0 km / 139.2 miles away
  10. Car Rental at Fresno Airport from $43.10 per day
    383.5 km / 238.3 miles away
  11. 448.1 km / 278.5 miles away
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  13. 550.5 km / 342.0 miles away
  14. 597.2 km / 371.1 miles away
  15. 598.2 km / 371.7 miles away
  16. 650.4 km / 404.1 miles away
  17. 697.0 km / 433.1 miles away
  18. 981.1 km / 609.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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
$50.43
January
$25.84
February
$25.93
March
$27.25
April
$39.98
May
$30.26
June
$60.15
July
$48.62
August
September
$62.32
October
$27.01
November
$29.41
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 $25.84. 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 $62.32 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are just 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 frequent 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 month for car rental at John Wayne Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at John Wayne Airport in July, while they are least likely to to rent in 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 Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
GreenMotion Nissan Versa 5 1
GreenMotion Hyundai Accent 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Nissan Altima 4 3 Large cars
GreenMotion SsangYong Korando 5 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Volkswagen Jetta 4 2 Large cars
GreenMotion Nissan Versa 4 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Nissan Sentra 4 2 Large cars
GreenMotion Dodge Caravan 5 3 Vans
Thrifty Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs
Dollar Nissan Rogue 5 3 SUVs

FAQ

How old do I have to be to rent a car in California?
You have to be at least 21 years old and will be charged a Young Driver's Fee if under the age of 25.
Will I be charged for an additional driver?
No, in California, additional drivers can be added to your rental contract without any additional cost.
Are there toll roads in Orange County?
Yes, there are toll roads in Orange County — Highways 241,261, 73, and 133 (but not I-5 or I-405).
How do I pay for Orange County's toll roads?
You can either use a toll pass provided by the rental company (at an increased cost) or pay online directly.

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Italy
Toyota Yaris
March 31, 2022
The location was perfect and out of all the airport confusion. The office was clean and the service was very helpful. I would recommend using this service
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Camry
February 17, 2021
Think that the staff of Fox do a great job....but if they don't have the cars ...👎
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
October 26, 2020
First of all it was very quick, quicker than going to the airport & also finding a parking space & the airport you don't find that, also I like the fact that their is a shuttle waiting for you how awesome is that! You just can't beat that.
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.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.84 / 10
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
7.68 / 10
Total number of reviews
4
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
$65.69
Lowest daily price
$44.83
Total cars available
114

Top 12 Suppliers at John Wayne Airport in 2023

Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 5 reviews
8336792046
19051 AIRPORT WAY NORTH,
$62 - $139
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7
+19492539155 / +18336591917
18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
$64 - $141
National
Excellent 8.6
+18888266890 / +18336792045
18601 Airport Way North, Santa Ana, CA 92707
$66 - $143
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.6
9492246700
18601 Airport W. North
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+19492526240
18601 Airport Way, Suite 73
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.4
+18664342226
18601 Airport Way
$45 - $82
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 2 reviews
+19496605200
18601 Airport Way
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.3 / 4 reviews
+18772830898
4043 Birch Street
$45 - $97
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Europcar
Excellent 8.1 / 1 reviews
+17148745322
325 Baker St E, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
$54 - $79
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
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8 / 24 reviews
+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
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Excellent 8
8557887030
4120 BIRCH STREET STE 111
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7 / 15 reviews
+19497526664
3195 Airport Loop Dr. D-2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-17:00
Fri:07:00-17:00
Sat:07:00-17:00
Sun:07:00-17:00
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