Santa Ana travel guide

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You're Going to Love Santa Ana

With a population of 324,528, Santa Ana is a must-see destination in California, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Santa Ana has to offer.

Where to Eat in Santa Ana

If you’re looking for affordable options, Playground (220 E 4th St Suite 102) and Blinking Owl Distillery (802 E Washington Ave) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Chato's Bar and Grill (400 N Broadway) and Roquette Cafe & Bistro (201 Sandpointe Ave, Ste 150) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Santa Ana.

When to visit Santa Ana

Santa Ana in May
Estimated package price
$349
2 travelers
Flight to Santa Ana
3 nights at hotel
Santa Ana in May
Estimated package price
$349
2 travelers
Flight to Santa Ana
3 nights at hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Santa Ana in August, when the average temperature is 73.4 °F, and the highest can go up to 84.2 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 42.8 °F, with an average temperature of 55.4 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in February, when precipitation is around 3.1″. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Santa Ana, with an average rainfall of 0″.

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How to Get to Santa Ana

Plane

When flying to Santa Ana, you’ll arrive at John Wayne Airport, OC (SNA), which is located 5 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Santa Ana include American Airlines, Air Canada and Alaska Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to Santa Ana departs from Las Vegas and takes around 1h 12m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Santa Ana. The train journey from Santa Ana to Fullerton takes 0h 39m and costs around $14 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Anaheim, expect to pay about $16 for a 0h 47m trip. The train station in Santa Ana is called Santa Ana, and is located 0.8 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Santa Ana is to pick up a car rental from Los Angeles, which is about 33 miles from Santa Ana. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Ace, among others, in Los Angeles.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santa Ana, including LuxXpress, FlixBus and Greyhound. From Santa Barbara, the bus ride to Santa Ana takes 120 miles and will cost you around $66. From Bakersfield, the ticket costs about $21 for a journey of 125 miles. The most popular bus station is Santa Ana 17th-Santiago, located 1.1 miles from downtown Santa Ana. Santa Ana Grand Ave-14th is also a commonly used station, and is 1.2 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Santa Ana, you’ll arrive at John Wayne Airport, OC (SNA), which is located 5 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to Santa Ana include American Airlines, Air Canada and Alaska Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to Santa Ana departs from Las Vegas and takes around 1h 12m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Santa Ana. The train journey from Santa Ana to Fullerton takes 0h 39m and costs around $14 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Anaheim, expect to pay about $16 for a 0h 47m trip. The train station in Santa Ana is called Santa Ana, and is located 0.8 miles from the city center.

Car

Another option to get to Santa Ana is to pick up a car rental from Los Angeles, which is about 33 miles from Santa Ana. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Ace, among others, in Los Angeles.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Santa Ana, including LuxXpress, FlixBus and Greyhound. From Santa Barbara, the bus ride to Santa Ana takes 120 miles and will cost you around $66. From Bakersfield, the ticket costs about $21 for a journey of 125 miles. The most popular bus station is Santa Ana 17th-Santiago, located 1.1 miles from downtown Santa Ana. Santa Ana Grand Ave-14th is also a commonly used station, and is 1.2 miles from the city center.

Airports near Santa Ana

Airlines serving Santa Ana

Lufthansa
Good (4,688 reviews)
KLM
Good (839 reviews)
SWISS
Good (959 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,662 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,561 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,230 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,601 reviews)
Air France
Good (983 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,112 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,988 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,406 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,056 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (843 reviews)
LOT
Good (683 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (933 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (791 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,172 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,799 reviews)
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Where to stay in Santa Ana

Average rates range from around $213 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $377 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Santa Ana, with prices from $25 to $226 per night. French Court is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Santa Ana are about 219% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Delhi - Courtyard by Marriott Santa Ana Orange County, Hotel Zessa Santa Ana, a DoubleTree by Hilton and Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, An IHG Hotel have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Delhi will cost you about $97 per night.

Delhi - Courtyard by Marriott Santa Ana Orange County, Hotel Zessa Santa Ana, a DoubleTree by Hilton and Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, An IHG Hotel have some of the best reviews among hotels in this area. A 3-star room in Delhi will cost you about $97 per night.
Most popular hotel in Santa Ana by neighborhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Santa Ana

Most booked hotels in Santa Ana

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, 480 reviews)
$269+
Howard Johnson by Wyndham Anaheim Hotel & Water Playground
3 stars
Excellent (8.5, 3068 reviews)
$194+
Disney's Grand Californian Hotel And Spa
4 stars
Excellent (9.1, 21 reviews)
$636+
Holiday Inn Santa Ana-Orange County Airport, An IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 426 reviews)
$126+
Grand Legacy At The Park
2 stars
Excellent (8.1, 3350 reviews)
$210+
Best Western Plus Orange County Airport North
2 stars
Excellent (8.1, 1181 reviews)
$130+

Renting a car in Santa Ana

Renting a car in Santa Ana costs $55 per day, on average, or $165 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Santa Ana is the GREEN MOTION branch at 3195 Airport Loop Dr. D-2, which is 5 miles from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 17% more expensive than at Los Angeles.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Santa Ana (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Santa Ana is Full-size (Toyota Sequoia or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Nissan Cube or similar) are, on average, 76% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Santa Ana costs $55 per day, on average, or $165 if you want to rent if for 3 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Santa Ana is the GREEN MOTION branch at 3195 Airport Loop Dr. D-2, which is 5 miles from the city center.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 17% more expensive than at Los Angeles.

Expect to pay $3.75 per gallon in Santa Ana (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $44.97 and $59.96. The most frequently booked car type in Santa Ana is Full-size (Toyota Sequoia or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Nissan Cube or similar) are, on average, 76% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.