If you're feeling like you want some Hollywood action after taking in Disneyland, catch a very convenient, direct ride to Universal Studios via bus. Once, I made this 36 mile trip and was pleased with the smooth ride. Granted, there are a few hotel pick stops and some traffic but hey- this is southern CA and traffic waits come with the territory. The Disney transport bus (listed thru the link )will cost you almost $40.
HOWEVER!!! If you want to go cheaper (under $10 round trip per rider), have no time restraints and want to be a little adventurous, go from Disneyland (main entrance) to Universal Studios/Universal City Walk, taking the uber-convenient MTA 460 bus to the MTA Red Line (via MTA 460 bus). After exiting 460 at 7th/Wilshire (7th and Metro station area), walk a few steps to the station, head underground and for the Red line heading towards North Hollywood (not Purple Line which follow the Red Line direction untilit drifts elsewhere). Then after 30 min or so will be the arrival to Universal Station.
Once going up out of the station, there will be about a 10-15 min journey (a bit of a hike to Universal Studios park and City Walk unless waiting for a bus shuttle). WARNING: if walking uphill is a hassle and the wait for shuttle (which can be a while at busy times) is too much- just opt for the first Disney-Universal option I mentioned above :-)!
The total trip time for the direct Disney bus route is roughly 1-2 hours.
The total trip duration one way via MTA is 2 1/2- 3+ hours
Plan bus/rail trip with time specs at MTA.net- go to trip planner > Type "Disneyland" and "Universal Studios"
This is very convenient to take when visiting from out-of-town and even for local So Calers like me who want to travel in convenience to/from Disneyland without taking the car. During the ride, I saw classic Disney films played This along with the comfortable seating made for a relaxing ride. Considering the distance between LAX and Disneyland (roughly 35 miles), the $16 each way for the ride is a steal!
About the only way to get to the main gates from the parking structure is to take the tram. You can still walk, but you have to take a little risk. So you do not want to do that. So why not take the free tram.
1313 S. Harbor Blvd Anaheim, Ca
The disney monorail is a transportation tip too! why? since the monorail transports guests to and from disneyland, california adventure and downtown disney, disneyland hotel too. if you take the whole ride, it will take 13 minutes average for a round trip to and from the station you boarded. The ride is included in the ticket you bought for park admission.
As you are whisked around the Resort for a 13-minute ride, sit back and enjoy aerial views of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park and Condor Flats, Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park. The route also parallels Harbor Boulevard and travels over the Disneyland Main Entrance and Entrance Plaza, taking you above and beyond the Park scenery.
They have a complementary free shuttle service to and from the parking areas of disney resort via huge motorized tams (except in downtown disney parking) and these trams are fun to ride at and the ride will take 3 to 4 minutes to and from downtown disney drop off area and other drop off area.
Complimentary Disneyland Resort parking lot trams shuttle you to Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park from the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure. Trams operate until approximately one hour after the last theme park closes.
hours: 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on peak days
From Lax take the Free shuttle bus to metro green line
take metro to Norwalk (end of line)
go up and take bus 460 to disneyland.. total Price 3$
metro from lax to Norwalk 30 min
bus to disneyland 40 min
you can get the 460 from down town LA.
look at metro.net
I know that you are not looking for a rental car service but i recommend renting a car while you are in California. I visited Disneyland last year with my family and we also visited the San Diego Zoo. We rented a minivan for 1 week for We rented from Anaheim and dropped it off in San Diego. The one way drop off service was very convenient for us. We rented it from Rent4Less Car Rentals. check out their website: http://www.rent4less.com.
These little red buses were very quaint and very helpful for getting around Anaheim HOWEVER don't believe too much of what the timetable says. One line was meant to run every 20mins yet we waited over an hour for it!
The bus drivers themselves are your best asset so just ask any of them any question and they are generally very happy to help.
This bus can be called from baggage claim in LAX. It costs $19 (28 round trip) and goes straight to the hotels in Anaheim without any stops in between. It has four main stops around the Disneyland area, but it will stop near your hotel if you let the driver know. It leaves every 30 min (every 1 hr early in the morning and late at night) and can take up to 1 1/2h hours (depending on traffic). From 6 AM to 12 AM.
The buses are very comfortable and the bus drivers are accomadating.
If you can not get a shuttle from your hotel (most have them for free) you can drive and park in the Disneyland parking structure and take the tram from the parking directly to the two theme parks, California Adventure and Disneyland.
The tram is free but the parking is not. You will pay between $8 and $15 to park for the day. Get their early to be able to park at the lower levels.
A good trick we found for parking was to go to the top and work our way down as there was loads of parking on the down side.
In the past, Anaheim hotels have all run individual shuttles to Disneyland. In the past few years they have all got together to participate in Anaheim Resort Transit (ART). ART is a series of shuttle busses that go along pre-determined routes, about every twenty minutes, and connect the hotels with the theme park. A day pass is $3 for adults and can be purchased at your hotel, occasionally a nice driver will sell you one on the bus, but I'm pretty sure they're not supposed to do that (and most won't).
The shuttles run for most of the day, but there is a two-hour lunch break in the middle of the day with no shuttle service. Even if your hotel is near the park, by the end of the day you will have walked so far that you'll definitely want to take that shuttle home, so buy your pass BEFORE leaving the hotel in the morning.
Anaheim Resort Transit pick up at the hotels and take you to the huge bus park at Disneyland. Remember what letter rank they drop you at, and pick up is usually half hourly.
There is a small charge. They date the bus ticket - it is only valid for 1 day. But remember, if you do go back to the hotel to freshen up, keep the ticket, and use it to return to Disneyland at night.
Ask the concierge at the hotel, there maybe a ticket machine there where you can purchase your ticket.
The monorail has stops at Tomorrowland, the main gate and the Disneyland hotel. Unlike the Monorail at Disney World in Florida, this one goes right into the park- right by the Matterhorn.
If you get tired of walking, take the train which circumvents the park. There are stations at Main Street USA, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland.