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John Wayne Airport (SNA)

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John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana
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  • 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)
    dannysullivan
    "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 1 week ago
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • 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! 😲
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Larry J M.
    Larry J MillerFebruary 19, 2015
    Great Airport Easy Access TSA easy to go through and Friendly
  • 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!
  • 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"👍
  • MetroSeeker.com
    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.
  • 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!
  • ✨ 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
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Megan M.
    Megan MJune 5, 2015
    Check out fresh market, terminal b, gate 9, awesome fresh selections, many veggie options too
  • 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.
  • 💛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. :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussSeptember 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The rental cars are onsite but still a bit of a hike. When you return your car,Hertz will drive you in your car back to the departure level for free.
  • DeeMagicGurl
    DeeMagicGurlAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this airport. So easy to come and go. Take off is a little crazy though because of sound restrictions.
  • Yvette O.
    Yvette OlladaSeptember 16
    Been here 5+ times
    Best TSA in the country as far as friendliness, efficiency, professionalism and short lines!
  • Ken C.
    Ken ChiMarch 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    For a quick breakfast, stop by the McD's across the 405 freeway on Main St. Quicker and cheaper than the one by gate 5!
  • Dennis
    DennisApril 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Full throttle takeoffs at max climb rate plus the throttle being cut at ~1000 feet makes a nice rollercoaster. Oh and I forgot those full braking landings.
  • Bryce T.
    Bryce TomlinsonJuly 1, 2012
    They now put everyone through body scanners. Just follow all the instructions, and be friendly to the staff. They're working hard and a smile goes a long way.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Airport! However if you're not first class, you're 3rd world when it comes to security.
  • Jake P.
    Jake PerryAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Noise ordinances mean your flight might suddenly quiet down during takeoff. Don't worry, the engines will com back on full throttle soon enough.
  • Frank
    FrankDecember 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    spicy chex mix at the hudsonn news across from gate 10 is good. people seem to leave 'stuff' at the security gate as they are constantly calling people to pick up their stuff. rather entertaining...
  • Ted S.
    Ted SindzinskiDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have some downtime make your way to the new terminal which has several sit down restaurants, new seats and ample plugs.
  • dannysullivan
    dannysullivanOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Valet parking at curbside is awesome. If "full" sign is up, pull in anyway. They may tell you they still have space.
  • Laurie W.
    Laurie WilsonOctober 8, 2014
    Props to the gal at United Kiosk! Boss drove off with my cell on floorboard of rental after drop off for flight. She got me checked in with bag and called my cell so I could get it back pre-departure!
  • Samsonite
    SamsoniteMay 3, 2011
    Rotating art exhibits are usually shown along both concourses in the Riley Terminal, in the baggage claim area and near the security check points.
  • Jeanie H.
    Jeanie HOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Creative Croissants - the concession counter is serving hard-boiled eggs at ambient temperature in a basket on the counter....nightmare waiting to happen :(
  • VG
    VGAugust 8, 2011
    Instead of sitting by the gate with everyone else, walk over to the food court area and sit on one of the couches that are sun drenched.
  • The Capital Grille
    The Capital GrilleJuly 26, 2013
    While passing through, snap a picture of John Wayne himself. The Duke statue is located in the arrival terminal.
    Upvoted Sep 16
  • Michael N.
    Michael NorwoodFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    So cool seeing the big John Wayne statue. Such an easy airport to navigate. Reminds me of Love Field in Dallas.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WachaJanuary 18, 2012
    Skip the Starbucks unless you're looking for a whole lot of attitude with your coffee. Hands down three of the surliest baristas you'll ever meet. What an unpleasant start to a cross country trip
  • @joe4pres
    @joe4presFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The newer gates offer the best food, etc. Head to the higher numbers for your best options!
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WApril 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The green signs in seating areas at every gate mean that row of seats has power outlets behind it.
  • Adam A.
    Adam AinbinderMay 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If your flight is after 8 am, you really only need to arrive at the airport an hour at most before your flight (unless of course something unusual happens)
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezNovember 29, 2013
    These are the only available plugs in most of the airport. It is difficult to find a power supply.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FerchlandMay 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Carl's Jr is now at SNA in terminal C. Awesome affordable breakfast option, they don't charge you the "airport tax".
  • Andrea
    AndreaJune 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Power outlets are "hidden" between seat rows (between the 2 opposite backrests). There is signage that tells you that, but I've never noticed 'till today :)
  • Justin C.
    Justin CouvillionAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Tsa never uses to care about whether you left your toiletries in your bag. Some hard ass must run them here now because if you leave them in, be prepared to wait quite a bit
  • Crystal W.
    Crystal WarnerFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Curbside valet parking for $10 per hour up to $30 per 24-hour period. You can even have your car washed and detailed while you're traveling!
  • 'Johnson Rualo H.
    If you don't want to hassle with TSA, charter a private jet. Plus, your not limited to what you can bring back!
  • MotorCityMiko
    MotorCityMikoJanuary 24
    Been here 25+ times
    A lot more restaurants have been added. Remember to walk much further than gates 6,7,8,9...
  • Frank
    FrankJanuary 15, 2014
    if you can fly from here out of LA area, save your brain cells and enjoy the hassle free environment
  • Priscilla @.
    Priscilla @shescookin4 days ago
    Been here 50+ times
    Super convenient small airport but, as a resident who flies in and out of here often, baggage claim is SLOW. Go have a drink, if you’re in the mood!
  • Colleen A.
    Colleen AlexanderNovember 2, 2014
    Cheaper to fly into than San Diego. Car rentals are downstairs. Skip the main line and go right there.
  • jenrandall
    jenrandallJuly 30, 2012
    When at the United counter: nothing but great things to say about Jean O'Brien's exemplary service!
  • Malo M.
    Malo MedinaNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    When flying into Cali I always choose to fly into Orange County. Less traffic and rental pick up is an effortless process!
  • Mehr
    MehrDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The new food court is pretty great. Hot dogs, Chinese food, even Pinkberry--all in one place!
  • Annie F.
    Annie FosterNovember 24, 2014
    Quaint and convenient airport. Love flying in here when visiting the Laguna area.
  • Dana K.
    Dana KaufmanMarch 11, 2013
    Vino volo Mac n cheese is so friggin tiny, food not so good. Get the reisling, sooo good
  • Ginger B.
    Ginger BryantApril 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are staying at a hotel across the street you can walk there through parking garage B2 at the lower level follow signs to MacArthur
  • Greg L.
    Greg LaffranchiMarch 15, 2013
    The airport is small and easy to navigate. Starbucks Is in the middle of all terminals and that's a win
  • Robert O.
    Robert OstreaJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    CPK is at the far end of this terminal - worth the walk for a nice seat and a Tostada Pizza!
  • A Kumar M.
    A Kumar MangalickFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Terminal C has its own security line, and it's often MUCH quicker than the others. It's just a short walk from there to gates in A and B.
  • James N.
    James NardiniFebruary 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the restaurants in the new terminal. Really good choices. Better than most airports.
  • Candace N.
    Candace NicholsonMay 14, 2013
    Lovely airport, but horrible for disabled travelers. I saw no employees offer to help people in wheelchairs, too many steps & not enough ramps, and assisting the blind was a feat for 3 TSA agents.
  • Brett C.
    Brett CangemiNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    TSA Pre-Check is coming to Terminal A in early December 2012. It's not as necessary of a convenience as is at LAX but it will be helpful during busy times.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GutierrezAugust 8, 2014
    By far the best of the three L.A. area airports. The rental car building is across the street but returning a car takes a while (place is a zoo, plan ahead). Poor food options and horrendously bad AC
  • KD M.
    KD MFebruary 1, 2016
    The gate crowding when boarding is announced is unparalleled. Otherwise and easy in/out airport.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Very easy airport to fly in and out of. We drive from Oceanside to SNA because of this. Closest airport to Disneyland!
  • Edward E.
    Edward EspositoAugust 28, 2013
    What a great airport; easy access, clean and manageable. But rent a car at your hotel for a day trip...you can save at least $20.
  • Franz S.
    Franz StrasserAugust 17, 2011
    Fly into John Wayne for anything Orange County related. It will save you hours of driving on I-405, and the security lines are a few yards compared to the miles of LAX.
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GrimesAugust 22, 2012
    This small airport has all the amenities of larger arports with smaller lines and a kind staff.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MeyerJanuary 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Welcome to my home base airport. Best to take a taxi in and out if possible.
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