Airports Near Universal Studios Hollywood | Guide & Helpful Tips

When considering which airport to fly into when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles International (LAX) undoubtedly comes to mind.

But did you know there are four other airports near Universal Studios Hollywood and may even be better options than LAX? We'll dive in and give you the best tips and recommendations to consider when planning a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

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TIP: Los Angeles is huge! If you're going to be staying overnight near one of these airports, brush up what cities are nearby, so you know exactly where you'll be.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world and certainly the most common choice when visiting anywhere in the Los Angeles area. Trips to Universal Studios Hollywood are no exception and with so many flights to choose from LAX is most commonly picked because of its affordable fares and variety of airlines and flight times. 

You can get to almost anywhere in the world from LAX which means there is probably a flight from your home airport to LAX. Chances are there's actually a variety of flights to choose from which makes scheduling no problem!

The downside to LAX? It's one of the busiest airports in the world! Your first time at LAX will likely be overwhelming and confusing, plus traffic in and out of the airport is often challenging.

 

How Far Is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) From Universal Studios Hollywood?

Los Angeles International Airport is approximately 26 miles and a 30 to 60 minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood depending on traffic.

How Much Is A Taxi or Uber From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Universal Studios Hollywood?

An Uber or Lyft will cost you around $40 to Universal Studios Hollywood from LAX. A taxi will cost around $80 to Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR)

Hollywood Burbank airport, formerly known as Bob Hope Airport, is the closest airport to Universal Studios Hollywood and the most hassle-free way to start your vacation. 

What Hollywood Burbank Airport lacks in size, it makes up for inconvenience.  While your flight options are going to be much more limited than LAX, Universal Studios Hollywood is a very short drive away and a much cheaper Uber fare.

TIP: BUR is by far our favorite airport to fly into when visiting Universal Studios. It's definitely worth a pricer airfare for the convenience!

Hollywood Burbank Airport is also a lot less busy and simple than LAX. This means less walking, less time getting lost and typically lower wait times at security or while waiting for bags.

 

 

How Far Is Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) From Universal Studios Hollywood?

Hollywood Burbank Airport is approximately 5 miles and a 15 to 20 minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood depending on traffic.

How Much Is A Taxi or Uber From Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) to Universal Studios Hollywood?

An Uber or Lyft will cost you around $15 to Universal Studios Hollywood from BUR. A taxi will cost around $30 to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Not to be confused with Ontario, Canada, Ontario International Airport is 15 miles west of San Bernardino in the small town of Ontario, California. 

 

 

Unless you can find very cheap airfare, there isn't too much of a reason to fly into Ontario International Airport. It's quite far from Universal Studios Hollywood and flight options are quite limited. 

TIP: If you have plans to head into the Inland Empire region of Southern California then Ontario International Airport might make sense, but otherwise we'd recommend flying into LAX or BUR. 

How Far Is Ontario International Airport (ONT) From Universal Studios Hollywood?

Ontario International Airport is approximately 51 miles and a 50 to 70 minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood depending on traffic.

How Much Is A Taxi or Uber From Ontario International Airport (ONT) to Universal Studios Hollywood?

An Uber or Lyft will cost you around $60 to Universal Studios Hollywood from ONT. A taxi will cost around $90 to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) 

Long Beach Airport is another airport option we think only makes sense in certain situations. LGB is a few miles southeast of LAX making the trip to Universal Studios Hollywood a bit longer, but only by 10 minutes or so. 

If you've found really cheap airfare or a flight that works well into your schedule then Long Beach Airport isn't a bad choice. LGB is also a smaller and less busy airport than LAX, but we don't think this is the worth the extra driving.

TIP: If you plan to go to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood then Long Beach Airport is actually a great choice! LGB is located in between both Universal and Disneyland, but quite a bit closer to Disneyland than LAX. 

How Far Is Long Beach Airport (LGB) From Universal Studios Hollywood?

Long Beach Airport is approximately 33 miles and a 35 to 65 minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood depending on traffic.

How Much Is A Taxi or Uber From Long Beach Airport (LGB) to Universal Studios Hollywood?

An Uber or Lyft will cost you around $50 to Universal Studios Hollywood from LGB. A taxi will cost around $85 to Universal Studios Hollywood.

John Wayne Airport (SNA) 

John Wayne Airport is by far the nicest airport on our list, but being located in Orange County and quite a distance from Universal Studios Hollywood might make SNA a confusing choice at first glance. 

 

 

The best reason to choose John Wayne Airport isn't if you're looking for the nicest airport in Southern California, but if plan to visit both Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland!

Just 15 miles from Disneyland and being one the most pristine and surprisingly simple airports in Southern California makes John Wayne our favorite airport to fly into if we're visiting both Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.

How Far Is John Wayne Airport (SNA) From Universal Studios Hollywood?

John Wayne Airport is approximately 49 miles and a 60 to 120 minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood depending on traffic.

How Much Is A Taxi or Uber From John Wayne Airport (SNA) to Universal Studios Hollywood?

An Uber or Lyft will cost you around $95 to Universal Studios Hollywood from SNA. A taxi will cost around $150 to Universal Studios Hollywood.

TIP: While the distance and Uber costs are eye popping, keep in mind you're only 15 miles and a $25 Uber fare away from Disneyland. Plan accordingly!