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Getting In and Around Irvine

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Irvine is one of the largest planned urban communities in the nation with wider streets and well-developed, modern traffic system. The city is served by numerous means of transportation including train, bus, walking and biking. OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority), iShuttle and Amtrak, all offer the transportation network in the city. Getting in and around Irvine is easy. Read further to know the different modes of transportation in Irvine, CA.

Getting to Irvine

Getting to Irvine by Air

Irvine by air
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John Wayne Airport (SNA) serves the Orange County area. It is served by ten commercial passenger airlines and provides twenty non-stop flights to and from the US. Many airlines serve this airport. 

Address:  18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707, United States
Phone: (949) 252-5200
Website: www.ocair.com 

Ground Transportation: Several modes of ground transportation are available at the John Wayne Airport, connecting the Airport to nearby tourist spots, hotels, businesses and more. Rental cars and taxicab service are also available at the airport to get to the city.

TaxiCabs at Airport:

Orange County Taxicab Service
Address: Irvine, CA, United States
Phone: 1 949-505-8530

Irvine Yellow Cab
Address: Irvine, CA, United States
Phone: 1 714-883-8294


Rental Cars at the SNA Airport

Alamo Rent A Car
Address: North, 19051 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 92707, CA, United States
Phone: 1 888-826-6893

Avis Car Rental
Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana- 92707, CA United States
Phone: 1 949-263-8399

Budget Car Rental
Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana- 92707, CA, United States
Phone: 1 949-252-6240

National Car Rental
Address: 19051 N Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707, United States
Phone: 1 888-826-6890

Advantage Rent A Car
Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana- 92707, CA, United States
Phone: 1 949-752-7832

Dollar Rent a Car
Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana- 92707, United States
Phone: 1 866-434-2226


Another airport serving Irvine is the Los Angeles International Airport,  which is an hour’s drive away from Irvine, via 405 freeway.

Getting to Irvine by Train

Irvine by Train
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The City of Irvine is served by Amtrak, which is an intercity rail service that operates throughout the nation with stops in Southern California and the Orange County. Amtrak offers rail service via the Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink with a stop in Irvine. The OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) bus route 86 connects to the Amtrak train station.

Amtrak station in Irvine: Irvine Station is served by Metrolink passenger train service, Amtrak and is also the center for local, rail-feeder and express bus service managed by OCTA.

Address: Irvine Station- 15215 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92618, United States
Phone: (800) 872-7245

Metrolink: The Orange County Transporation Authority manages and operates the Metrolink in Irvine. It is a commuter rail network with three lines, out of which two lines run through the city of Irvine- the Inland Empire-Orange County and the Orange County Line. To travel within the Orange County, Metrolink is the best option. To know about the schedules and fares, click here.

Getting Around by Car


Irvine by Car
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Irvine is located at the crossroads of freeways 405 and 5. You can get to Irvine by car via these freeways. To get to northwest Irvine, state freeway 55 can be used. 

The Toll Roads
The largest toll road network in the nation is the Toll Roads. It encompasses 51 miles and covers over 20 percent of Orange County Highways.  The Toll Roads consists of the 261, 241, 133 and 73 Toll Roads. To know more about Toll Roads, click here.

Getting to Irvine by Bus

Greyhound has a station in the neighboring city of Irvine- Santa Ana. To know about the fares, schedule and routes, click here


Getting Around Irvine

Public Transportation

Public transportation in Irvine includes OCTA buses, iShuttle and Metrolink. The OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority) is the largest public transportation provider in Irvine. 

Getting Around Irvine by Irvine Shuttle

The iShuttle provides two routes in Irvine with stops at the airport, some popular restaurants, attractions and hotels. The fare ranges from $0.50 to $1; for off-peak hours, the fare is $0.50 and for peak hours it is $1.

Getting Around Irvine by Bus

Irvine by Bus
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The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides bus service throughout the city. It runs 77 routes with express and local service within Orange County and express service to Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

Getting Around Irvine by Car

It is easy and comfortable to get around Irvine by car. Many rental cars are also available throughout the city.

Rental Cars in Irvine

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 18700 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612, United States
Phone: 1 949-250-4294

Stop-N-Go Rent-A-Car
Address: 18001 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, CA 92614, United States
Phone: 1 949-222-0100

Super Cheap Car Rental
Address: 18017 Sky Park Circle, Irvine -92614, CA, United States
Phone: 1 949-752-6499

Hertz Rent a Car
Address: 51 Auto Center Dr, Irvine- 92618, CA, United States
Phone: 1 949-470-6016

Getting Around Irvine by Bike

Irvine has about 54 miles of off-street bike trails and 301 lane miles of on-road bikeways, making it easy and safe mode of transportation in Irvine. It is one of the best options for getting around Irvine for recreational as well as commuting purposes. Irvine is a bike-friendly city

Getting Around Irvine by TRIPS 

TRIPS is a transportation service available to residents of Irvine aged 18 years and above, who are not able to drive because of permanent cognitive or physical disability. To know more, click here

Getting In and Around Irvine Map Guide

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