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Orange County John Wayne Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our John Wayne Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I don’t think many people spend the night at John Wayne airport, so it’s not really set up with stragglers in mind. – flute

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Orange County John Wayne Airport.

What to Expect

John Wayne Airport consists of a single building with a main lobby and three terminals: A, B, and C. Travellers can move between all three terminals on the airside. The airport has over 20 cafes and restaurants, plus about a dozen shops. Note that all eateries close early in the evening, after which only vending machines are available. Free WiFi helps pass the time. Economy class travellers can upgrade their airport experience by paying to enter one of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

After security checkpoints close for the night, passengers are restricted to landside only. Passengers sleeping airside will be required to go back to landside until security reopens, and will need to clear security again to re-enter.  The airport is not the most comfortable for overnighters, but there are a few hard wooden benches in the terminal. Have a travel mattress, pillow and blanket handy for some added comfort, whether you sleep on a bench or on the floor.  A few curved benches on the Upper Level behind two check-in areas offer some privacy. For uninterrupted sleep, a few nearby hotels offer free shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal A, Airside, Mezzanine level, adjacent to Gate 8. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club – Location: Terminal B, Airside, across from Gate 9. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge – The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Location: Terminal B, Arrival Level (lower) next to Baggage Carrousel 4. [ more info ]

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Orange County Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport – Located across the street from the airport. Free airport shuttle is available on request (subject to availability). » Check Rates
  • Radisson Hotel Newport Beach – (4 minutes from the airport) Free shuttle service to the airport and local area. » Check Rates
  • Fairmont Newport Beach – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available, arranged through the Bell Desk at the hotel. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Orange County Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at John Wayne Airport. Connect to the “JWAFREEWIFI” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

Art Gallery – Location: Airside, Departure Level, North Concourse, opposite Gates 11-14

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Terminal A (Gate 7) • Terminal B (Gate 10) • Terminal C (Gate 17) • Baggage Claim (Lower Level, Arrivals, near Carousels 1, 4, 6 and 7).

Baby Care Facilities – Baby change facilities are available throughout the airport. And a nursing lounge is available in Terminal B, between gates 11 and 12.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Carte) are available throughout the airport. Rate: unknown.

Currency Exchange – not available. Exchange services are available off-airport grounds.

Duty Free & Shopping – No duty free shopping options. Many shops are available landside and airside including several convenience type shops for last minute drinks and snacks.

Food & Drinks – Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. There are no 24-hour dining options. There are 25 restaurant/coffee shops available with options both Landside and Airside.

Information Desk – Information desks are located across from carousels 2 and 3 in the baggage claim areas. Volunteers are also available to answer questions in the departure level. Airport Ambassadors can also be seen around the airport, look for their red vests.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Recharge your electronics at most gate areas. Outlets are located between the backs of the seating rows. Workstations are also available throughout Terminal C gate areas with outlets.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Showers – Not available.

Spa – XpresSpa – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more services are available. Location: Terminal B, airside, Gate 10.

Workstations – Locations: Terminal C, gate areas.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 4:30AM until 12:00AM.

Airlines

As of February 2018, Orange County airport is served by the following airlines: American Airlines • Delta • United Airlines • Alaska Airlines • Frontier Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Westjet.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

The Disneyland Resort Express bus offers scheduled service between the airport and Disneyland Resort hotels. A designated bus stop is located in the Ground Transportation Center on the Arrivals (Lower) Level.

John Wayne Airport is served by Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) bus routes 76 and 212, and Irvine Shuttle (iShuttle) Route A. iShuttle links the airport to the Tustin MetroLink Station. For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the OCTA website or City of Irvine iShuttle website.

Car Rentals

Car rental services are available on the Arrivals (Lower) Level, between Terminals A and B. Onsite car rental agencies include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

There are other car rental agencies offering free shuttle service to their nearby off-site locations (Thrifty, Firefly, Fox and more), plan ahead with your service provider.

Shuttles

Several companies offer scheduled or on-demand shuttle service to and from the airport. These shuttles can be found on the Arrivals (Lower) Level of the airport in the Ground Transportation Center. Contact your service provider of choice for service area information, fares and reservations.

Taxis

Taxis are available in the Ground Transportation Center on the Arrivals (Lower) Level between Terminals A and B, and at Column 14 on the Arrivals (Lower) Level of Terminal C. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required.

Last updated: 2018-11-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.