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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 from 45-60 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 and actually arrive a min or two early. Try to be aware of times before boarding by checking the 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 rails follow the Orange County Line route. The stop (at ARTIC) is about a 10-15 min walk from the entrance gates. Also, nearby the stadium is the Grove of Anaheim, a concert venue for your nightlife pleasure and excellent seafood restaurant, The Catch for dining/bar options. 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!
2014 Angel Express info:
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).
OCTA Route 83 is a good option for someone in town for Disneyland wanting to head to the local mall without a car. In about 10 min, one can get from the Disneyland area to Mainplace Mall, a full scale shopping center, in the nearby city of Santa Ana. Main bus pick-up stops for the 83 are: at the main Disneyland street entrance on Harbor Blvd and at Harbor Blvd/Katella Ave SE corner.
The 83 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).
The 83 runs every 30 min, give or take 5 min or so throughout the day, and about an hour in the evening after approx. 6-6:30 PM.
Getting to and from Anaheim just got grand! 2014 marks the debut of ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). Not only is it a transit hub- it's an attractive Orange county landmark and both a top architectural and environmental friendly feat in the area.
Designed by a reputable group of architects and engineers, ARTIC is set to be the major public transportation facility of not just Anaheim, but for Orange county. The building itself is a great achievement, as it is LEED certified, basically meaning it has been built to meet high level green standards of sustainability, efficiency, reduced energy, and natural building.
At ARTIC, arrive by/catch the Amtrak, Metrolink, Greyhound bus, Megabus, OCTA bus, ART bus, taxi and other shuttle/ trans options. There is ample parking outside if traveling by car. If you have an electric care, there is almost a dozen of special electric charging parking spaces. For those using a bike, ARTIC is close to a major bike trail along the Santa Ana river. There are plenty of bike parking spots in a secured lot.
If you have to wait for a connecting ride at ARTIC, you will be impressed by the ambiance of the 3 floor facility. There is a convenient store with plenty of refreshments, many of which are healthy and premium (Boxed Water, a variety of lower calorie juices, natural sodas, gluten free chips/crackers, etc. Also, there is a premium coffee bar with In 2015, there will be a few full scale, high quality restaurants for dining, including the renowned Ritter's, already a staple in O.C. Uniquely for locals, ARTIC even has a vending machine with books from the Anaheim library. More retail options is expected to be added as well.
Pictures just don't do this place justice. Come and see for yourself!
Special public transportation notes:
OCTA bus routes: 50, 53, 153. take 50 West from here to get to the Disney Resort area
Take Megabus and Greyhound buses to get beyond Orange county conveniently. Travel with ease to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, etc
Parking is available in the center's 4-story parking garage. Entrances are conveniently located off Katella Avenue and Disney Way. What I like about this city walk is each of parking entrances/exit takes right to the floor of the citywalk. Yet, there is elevators and escalators for those with disabilities.
400 West Disney Way, Anaheim, CA 92802