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Directions from Airport

Travel Information

If you are traveling directly to the United States from abroad, you will be able to choose from available flights with final destination to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). We are approximately 1 hr. 30min. away from LAX.


If you are traveling within the United States, it may be more convenient to choose from available flights with final destination to Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA). Sometimes international indirect flights are available to John Wayne Airport, so international students may want to inquire about these flights. We are approximately 20-30 minutes away from SNA.

Ground Transportation

From Los Angeles International Airport
Map of LAX Ground Transportation

Shared Vans/Shuttle:
Probably the most economical transportation to get to SUA is by using a shared ride van/shuttle service. These vans are located right outside the terminal. Look for the orange sign Shared Ride Vans. Tell the coordinator that you will be going to Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, Orange County. Have a printed copy of the directions to SUA to give to the driver.

Two shared ride van companies, Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle operate out of LAX and are authorized to serve all Southern California counties. The charge is approximately $48-$51 for one student, $73-$78 for a group of 4, or $88-$105 for a group of 7. These charges are approximate and do not include the 15% gratuity for the driver.

 Although a reservation is not necessary, we highly recommend making one so you do not have to wait for a long period of time, especially if you are in a group. You will need to provide your flight information at the time of your reservation. For further information, please refer to their website, or contact them by telephone. Prime Time: (800) 733-8267 or (310) 342-7200, Super Shuttle: (800) 258-3826 or (310) 782-6600

Taxi:
Taxis are available from curbside of each terminal under the yellow sign indicating Taxis. Tell the coordinator that you will be going to Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, Orange County. Passengers will be presented with a ticket stating typical fares to major destinations. The charge is approximately $135 for a cab seating 4 people. Have a printed copy of the directions to SUA to give to the driver. Make sure the taxi you take has an official seal issued by City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Passengers using unauthorized transportation services do so at their own risk.

Rental Cars:
There are many rental car companies operating on-site and off-site of LAX. Please refer to their rental cars page for further information.

From John Wayne Airport
Map of John Wayne Ground Transportation Center

Door-to-door Shuttles:
Probably the most economical transportation to get to SUA is by using a door-to-door shuttle service (Also known as Shared Ride Vans). Once you are outside the terminal, look for signs that direct you to the Ground Transportation Center (GTC). Please be careful as you cross the street to get to the GTC. The shuttles will be located at the furthest end of the GTC. Look for the coordinator and tell him that you will be going to Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo. Have a printed copy of the directions to SUA to give to the driver.

The charge can be approximately $23-$26 for one student, $43-$53 for a group of 4, or $63-$79 for a group of 7. These charges are approximate and do not include the 15% gratuity for the driver.

Although a reservation is not necessary, we highly recommend making one so you do not have to wait for a long period of time, especially if you are in a group. You will need to provide your flight information at the time of your reservation. For further information, please refer to the John Wayne Airport website for the list of shuttle companies serving the Orange County area.

Taxi:
Taxis are also available from the GTC. They will be located on the right hand side of the GTC. Look for the Taxi sign. Tell the coordinator that you will be going to Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo. The charge is approximately $30.00 for one person, and $130.00 for a cab seating up to 4 people. Have a printed copy of the directions to SUA to give to the driver.

Rental cars:
There are many rental car companies operating on-site and off-site of John Wayne. Please refer to their rental cars page for further information.

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