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John Wayne Airport (SNA)

John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana
  • Aaron
    "First parking lot to the right is awesome for Delta flights."(61 Tips)
    Diane M.
    "Great new restaurants between terminals B and C. Check out Javi's."(11 Tips)
    "Valet parking at curbside is awesome."(5 Tips)
    Edward E.
    "What a great airport; easy access, clean and manageable."(14 Tips)
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  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The runway is a lot shorter than most airports so bigger planes can't land here. If you come in on a 737, the braking will be intense. They won't tell you this and it will seem scary, but it's normal!
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenFebruary 20, 2015
    Clean and bright. There are not enough places to eat and drink. It is worth buying a day pass to the Admiral club if you are looking to relax with a drink. CPK is available to go.
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WarnerFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    SNA has some of the most stringent noise rules in US because of its close proximity to residential areas. Mon-Sat: 7am-10pm (departures), 11pm (arrivals). Sun: 8am-10pm (departures), 11pm (arrivals).
  • Matt D.
    Matt DittrichApril 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs in Terminal C (near gate 12) serves up tasty sausages & hot dogs ... with unlimited toppings! Burgers & salads too. Skip the fries, get the fresh hot potato chips. :)
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff ThibeaultSeptember 19, 2013
    Make sure you visit Hobie's if you're looking for a good place to have a beer and some appetizers. I recommend the teriyaki & pineapple quesadilla with a Goose Island IPA.
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony ValentinoMarch 7, 2011
    If you have a bag small enough to put under your seat, put it under your seat and save room for large carryon bags in the overhead. A purse or laptop not a large bag, please - get a clue.
  • James R.
    James RidgersOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you have time to kill and are a wine enthusiast, check out Vino Volo. Great wine list and availability of tasting flights. Makes that full throttle take off just that bit more fun.
  • M W.
    M WMarch 6, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Oasis for sit-down, Brioche Doree for takeaway. Always a huge line at Starbucks. Standards like McDonalds, Hudson News + unique shops for candy/gifts and a "Life is Good" store. Easy, well-laid out. Read more
  • Sheba F.
    Sheba FamilyOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are getting a sandwich at Brioche Doree, have them put it through the toaster twice. It doesn't fully heat up the first time and for a 10$ sandwich, it is worth getting it right.
  • A Kumar M.
    A Kumar MangalickJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you need to catch the parking lot shuttle and your flight arrived at Terminal C, you don't have to walk to the shuttle area. The shuttles also stop in front of Terminal C, in the red stripes.
  • Angela L.
    Angela LilleyMarch 13, 2013
    Super friendly TSA. Super friendly airport. Needs better coffee options. Wtb a third wave specialty coffee shop! Steam works. Time for some dragon age 2.
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UnderwoodFebruary 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    One of TeamTRI's favorite airports. Takeoffs are awesome. Statue of the Duke is sweet. Rental cars onsite. Freeway access fast and easy. And, House of the Mouse is close!
  • Misty M.
    Misty MystyAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The most convenient, cozy, clean and cute airport ecer. Tasty restaurants ease the pain of waiting.
  • Phoenix Z.
    Phoenix ZerinAugust 15, 2012
    If you are renting a car here, bring a flashlight with you! The garage is dimly lit, so it's difficult to check for damage to the vehicle before you drive out.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarnesApril 23, 2013
    Go to Vino Volo and order a bottle of inexpensive wine to split. Best drinking value in the place! Beware of $10 pints of beer!
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RockstarNovember 2, 2016
    A little tip: make sure to get picked up quick if you are roadside because they WILL ticket your driver if they get of their car to help you! 😲
  • Cape T.
    Cape TownDecember 25, 2012
    When dropping a young-in & u have passenger walking them to the gate, once you let them out, make your way down to the 1st level arrivals parking lot. It will make your exit WAY more efficient.
  • Martin D. C.
    Martin D. CiaoAugust 11, 2014
    Parking in the garage but afraid of losing the entry ticket during your trip? Just use your credit card upon entry! When ready to head out, just use the same credit card at the exit. Saves time/trees
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikOctober 27, 2014
    Easy in and out airport. Valet parking is good and just a little more than self parking. Try Javier's or vino volovo for food.
  • Marissa F.
    Marissa FlaxbartJune 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're in Terminal C but there's a line at security, walk over to Terminal B. It's a short, pleasant walk on both sides of security and there is rarely as long of a wait.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon M.November 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Easy to see why they won best airport a few years ago. People are friendly and facilitate your travel excellently
  • Vittorio R.
    Vittorio RotelliOctober 24, 2013
    On a plane piloted by capt Neil Sorensen of united airlines. This guy is professional and personable. He introduced himself to cabin and made everyone feel welcomed. Funny too
  • PA Combat S.
    PA Combat SportsOctober 7, 2013
    The entire experience of arriving/departing John Wayne Airport is SO much better than LAX. Especially if you're renting a car! Plus the short runway reminds me of aircraft carrier flight ops.
  • Ginger B.
    Ginger BryantSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Wine tasting shop is nice. I had a flight of three pinot noir wines, all good, and a bowl of penne pasta with cheese-a nice pairing.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WhiteNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great airport that is easy to get around and very well maintained. Somewhat limited routes but use it every time I can
  • A. T.
    A. T.December 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this airport. I usually come to SNA instead of LAX. It's simple, quiet and you'll like it. I miss Cali all the time!
  • Poonam G.
    Poonam GuinnSeptember 1, 2013
    Foods expensive. Go to javis, order a margarita and get the chips and salsa on the house. Best chips and salsa I've had!
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserMarch 31, 2012
    Even if you are close to LAX, take John Wayne into consideration. The lines are 10 times shorter, and everyone just so much more relaxed.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonOctober 3, 2011
    Keeping liquids in checked baggage is always your best bet, but if you aren’t checking luggage, predetermine how much liquid security allows and plan ahead to avoid losing your favorite shampoo!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GertyJanuary 30, 2013
    Starbucks between gates 16 and 17. As with most airports, they don't scan Starbucks cards off your iPhone, but if you read the numbers to them you'll still get credit for that latte!
  • Pierre B.
    Pierre BiondoFebruary 13, 2014
    It's quiet, clean, very fast to check-in and they have several bars and some places to eat or buy souvenirs
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar AhmadSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi if you watch a video. Its not too bad... handled my Netflix. There are signs pointing to outlets behind the seats. Very convenient!
  • Larry J M.
    Larry J MillerFebruary 19, 2015
    Great Airport Easy Access TSA easy to go through and Friendly
  • Cynthia O.
    Cynthia O.February 18, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    So many new outlets! Just look for the sign that says "Power Outlets Here"👍
  • ✨ Lady Di W.
    ✨ Lady Di WanderlustMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this airport ... Clean, uncrowded, nice staff . No complaints. Read through all the great tips on food and tech, most are accurate
  • Nik N.
    Nik NortonOctober 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't lean forward more than 90° on the toilet or it auto flushes and sprays water all over your butt!
  • AirR Inc.
    AirR Inc.March 21, 2011
    Do you know that SNA airport is now offering free guided tour? Yes, it's Free! You need call in advance (2 weeks on average) to schedule the appointment. Read more
    MetroSeeker.comOctober 12, 2011
    Word to the wise: get out your laptop, take off your shoes and belt, and don't stand there holding up the security line if you want to get on your plane with as little irritation as possible.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CreenSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The valet is only good if you are in a huge rush to make your flight and don't mind waiting for-ev-er when you get back. Getting your car back takes 10x longer than if you parked yourself!
  • Katy K.
    Katy KarasOctober 10, 2016
    By far the nicest and most efficient airport. Valet park and within seconds you are at the terminal counter!
  • Christian L.
    Christian LauFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent airport, very convenient and one of the top 10 (8) least busiest airports during Thanksgiving according to USA Today...
  • Kara C.
    Kara CJuly 10, 2013
    Go to Vino Volo if you have time. Located by Gate 9; great service, food, and wine. Also, no children!
  • Jo L.
    Jo LinAugust 24, 2014
    Weak free WiFi signal. Fast security line (take whichever the shorter one). Much easier than LAX for us staying/living in OC
  • Marcia
    MarciaDecember 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice small airport. One draw back, when arriving on international flight there is no agent to transfer checked bags after immigration/customs. Go upstairs, check your bag, then go through TSA again.
  • Stefanie K.
    Stefanie KatouzianJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take-off and landing are a little rough due to noise restrictions, best bet is hard candy or a lollipop to help with clogged ears. Much better then gum.
  • Ratna G.
    Ratna GetcluedinJune 10, 2013
    Do security at any terminal. It's all connected. Eat at food court near gates 12-14 before hitting 15 - nice area. Love this airport even if the airlines piss me off
  • Sabrina K.
    Sabrina KaeferJuly 23, 2013
    Hey guys check out this awesome free app I just discovered. It’s called BuzzMob and it’s a great way to get connected with everyone, find out about restaurants, and flight schedules. Enjoy!
  • Megan M.
    Megan MJune 5, 2015
    Check out fresh market, terminal b, gate 9, awesome fresh selections, many veggie options too
  • 💛Diane☕🍜
    💛Diane☕🍜July 23, 2013
    One of my fave airports in the country because there's never a shortage of electrical outlets! One for every seat at the gates. :)
  • James R.
    James RomanAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best airports I've been to. Quick easy security checkpoint, nice employees, and the Oasis Grill is pretty decent!
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