Anaheim is located in Southern California, approximately 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport and Orange County John Wayne Airport. Both handle international flights as well as domestic. Smaller regional airports, such as Long Beach Airport and Ontario Airport, might also be useful to some attendees.
Many travelers arriving at area airports are tourists on their way to Anaheim to see Disneyland, so there are many options for ground transportation to Anaheim. Busses and shared-ride vans probably are the best choices. Taxis and rental cars are also available, of course, but because of the distance, a taxi, especially from the Los Angeles International or Ontario airports, will be expensive. See the airport web sites for further information.
Travel distances from area airports to the Anaheim Convention Center are as follows:
- Los Angeles International Airport: 35 miles / 56 km.
- John Wayne Airport: 13 miles / 21 km.
- Long Beach Airport: 15 miles / 24 km.
- Ontario Airport: 32 miles / 51 km.
Travel to Anaheim by automobile is a reasonable option, as is having a rental car. Anaheim is not a dense metropolitan area; it has the character of a suburb. Parking usually is easily available, although not always cheap. Many destinations may be beyond walking distance, so a car may be a worthwhile convenience.
The area around the convention center, which calls itself the Anaheim Resort, hosts a wide variety of stores and restaurants. Disneyland and California Adventure are also within walking distance for adults of normal capabilities, although perhaps a little far for tired children. Travel to other venues may require a bus, taxi, or rental car.
One good option for local transportation is the ART (Anaheim Resort Transit) bus system. The ART system consists of a number of small busses covering sixteen routes around the Anaheim Resort area. One-, three-, and five-day passes are available from ART kiosks in hotels and transportation centers; one kiosk is in the Hilton Hotel. The single fare is $3, but the one-day pass is only $4, so passes are clearly a better deal. Busses run every 20 minutes, but there appears to be quite a bit of "route redundancy," so it's likely that waiting times are usually much shorter.
For information on more conventional busses, see the website of the Orange County Transportation Authority.
If you are not a US citizen, you may need a visa for entry into the US. See the Visa Information page for details.
Anaheim Visitor Information
Complete information on Anaheim, specific to our symposium, can be found at Anaheim Visitor Information IMS2010.
Considerable information about local attractions, shopping, and restaurants will be available in the Guest Suite.
The Anaheim Convention Center is located near the intersection of West Katella Avenue and South Harbor Boulevard. See the map, below.
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