OCTA 50, via Katella Ave, is a great way for tourists and locals alike to see places and do things , without luxury of a car. The route is a trans-county transport, covering roughly 21 miles. Some major OC stops along the route including Disneyland, Honda Center (sporting events, concerts), Angel Stadium and Los Alamitos Race Track. Heading WEST from Anaheim, it arrives in Long Beach, by the Cal State LB university, a major artery for Long Beach bus travel and where it's only a few miles from the ocean.
This route is usually busy, sometimes standing room only. Bus frequency is good on weekdays, about 30-40 min or less of waiting from early morning until 8 PM or so. Unfortunately, due to OCTA cutbacks, weekend frequency has been stretched to 50-60 min wait between buses. Not good for such a congested route in the O.C. system. Ugh! Also, the route can likely run late due to traffic, route popularity and wheelchair pickups, but I have experienced drivers on this route to be fast to make up for delayed time. Try to be aware of times before boarding by checking teh OCTA website or get a bus book during trip.
Here is a very convenient way to get to Angel Stadium to see Angels baseball games. During the ball season, Metrolink provides special trains for arriving to and departing from the game. The light rail follow the Orange County Line route. The stop is about an 8-15 min walk from the entrance gates. Also, right by this Metrolink stop is the Grove of Anaheim, a concert venue. See Metrolink website for the special Angel baseball train schedule!
Note: There is also an Anaheim Canyon stop on the Inland Empire line. Don't confuse it with the one on the OC. Line!
OCTA Route 83 is a good option for someone in town for Disneyland wanting to head to the local mall and without a car. In about 10 min, one can get from the Disneyland area to Mainplace Mall in nearby Santa Ana. Disney stops for the 83 are located by the main Disneyland entrance on Harbor Blvd and at Harbor/Katella. This route is also good for visiting Gardenwalk, just a few blocks away from Harbor/Katella (can be reachable with a good 10 min walk, however)
If you are visiting Disneyland, the ART bus (Anaheim Resort Transit) may be an option to cut back on walking if you are not staying at a hotel within the park very immediate area. I would recommended better to obtain an OCTA bus pass for travel outside of Disneyland, through Anaheim and throughout Orange county at large. OCTA pass is just $4 for a day pass. An ART pass is also this price but is limited to travel in the immediate Disneyland. So, why buy an ART and have that limitation? Well, an ART pass may be advantageous for disabled visitors with a wheelchair. The ART buses which are mechanically able to accommodate visitors with chairs are cozier for travel.
Visitors can pay for an ART pass, which comes as a one day, 3 day , 5 day and seniors/disabled at ART kiosk, located at several hotels and at the Anaheim Amtrak Station. Check website for full list. At Disneyland area bus stops, look for the ART sign (such as, in the picture, along Katella Ave).
Greyhound Anaheim at 100 W Winston Rd, Anaheim, CA
Anaheim has a Greyhound bus station which is unfortunately not as convenient, being not in the vicinity of city tourist areas. Also, it's not in the most attractive part of Anaheim (wouldn't say dangerous-just not attractive looking). Still, it may be advantageous to use Greyhound as a way to get to the city and arrive eventually to your favorite city destinations.
Getting to Angel Stadium/The Grove/Honda Center:
After arriving at the station, take the OCTA bus 47 South (bus sign may read "Balboa Island/Newport Beach") to Katella Ave and get off the bus. Then, take the OCTA bus 50 East (towards city of Orange- bus sign may read, "The Village of Orange") and exit at State College Blvd. The stadium entrance is a short walk from there. The entire trip should be about 30 min or less. If arriving to The Grove concert venue, get off at the very next stop from State College.
To arrive at Honda Center, keep going on the 50 bus for about a few min or so from State College and the arena will be at seen from your left.
Getting to D-Land :
Take the 47 S to Katella, exit. Then take the 50 W, exit at Harbor Blvd. Either walk a few blocks north on Harbor Blvd (should be heading left after exiting bus and getting to Harbor/Katella intersection) to arrive at the main D-Land entrance gate or wait for a 43 N bus that passes rather frequently (every 15 min or so) to entrance. The entire trip should be about 20 min more or less.
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