CTS 2008 Travel and location information

AIRPORT and SHUTTLE SERVICE OPTIONS

Considering your departing city, the airline that you are flying, and whether or not you are renting a car, you have a few options. 

Option 1

The Hyatt Regency is 5 minutes from the John Wayne Airport (Code SNA).  There is a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel.  If you go to the shuttle bus area, the Hyatt Regency shuttle bus comes every half hour on the fifteen minute mark and the forty-five minute mark. 

Option 2

Depending on where you are located, you may find flying into the Los Angeles Airport (Code LAX) to be less expensive.  LAX Airport is about 40 miles from Irvine, but a 1 to 1.5 hours drive, depending on traffic when you arrive.  If you are planning on renting a car anyway, this may be your best option.  See below for additional public transportation options from LAX.

Public Transportation from LAX to Hyatt Regency

  1. "Shared van" service from Super Shuttle (supershuttle.com) or Prime Time Shuttle (redvans.com).  Both of these vans pull up in front of each terminal at LAX under the ORANGE OVERHEAD SIGN that says "Shared Ride Vans" that is just outside of your terminal over one of the "traffic islands" in the roadway ahead of you.

    Sample fare from LAX to the Hyatt Regency in Irvine is $35.  Although the ride doesn't take more than 45 minutes or so (depending on traffic), count on it taking between 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours since you will have to wait for the van to fill up and it might stop to pick up or drop off other passengers on the way to your destination.
  2. Disneyland Express Bus -- this bus departs LAX for Disneyland every 30 minutes on the hour and the half hour (during the day) and also departs Disneyland for John Wayne Airport (adjacent to Irvine) every 30 minutes on the 1/4 hour and the 3/4 hour.  You would have to transfer at Disneyland to the second bus and then take the free hotel shuttle.

    The ROUND TRIP fare for the TWO bus rides (when the coupon on the Disneyland Express's website is used) is $49 so the cost ONE WAY would be $24.50.  Count on about 1 hour and 45 minutes for the trip.
  3. Public bus service. This is a lot cheaper option but requires riding three different conveyances:
    1. Take the UNION STATION FLYAWAY BUS that will pull up in front of your terminal every 30 minutes.  The bus will pull up under the GREEN OVERHEAD SIGNS that say "Flyaway Buses and Long Distance Vans".  ($3 fare, 30-45 minute ride)
    2. Transfer to the Union Rail Station (adjacent to the bus depot) and take the next amtrak (amtrak.com) or metrolink (metrolinktrains.com) train to Santa Ana.  ($12 fare, 50 minute ride)
    3. Take the free shuttle to the hotel.
Total fare: $15 (About 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes).  This is probably the beter choice as it is medium-priced but involves a comfortable ride.

Option 3

Long Beach Airport (Code LGB) is about 17 miles from Irvine.  There are a few options from LGB to Irvine.  Again, you could rent a car.  There are also some shuttle services:

TAXIS

Taxis are always available and waiting at the airport ground transportation area.  Typically, no need for reservation.  The taxi rates are as follows:

To/From John Wayne Airport is approximately $10.
To/From LAX is approximately $140.

The Hotel’s Valet and Concierge staff will assist a guest at the hotel if needed. 

In Irvine, Orange Taxi, (949) 302-5360.

CAR RENTAL (all these are on-site at John Wayne Airport)

  1. Avis:  www.avis.com
  2. Budget Rent A Car:  www.budget.com
  3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car:  www.enterprise.com
  4. Hertz:  https://www.hertz.com
  5. Alamo Rent-A-Car:  www.alamo.com
  6. National Car Rental :  www.nationalcar.com
  7. Thrifty Car Rental:  www.thrifty.com

PARKING AT THE HOTEL

Overnight self-parking at the hotel is currently discounted to attendees to $8.00 per day.  You can go in and out of the lot as much as you want.  If you valet park, the rate is $18 per day, and we do not have a discount.  You can also go in and out of the lot as much as you want.  Day of attendees will be discounted to $5.00 for self and $11 for valet (per day).

IRVINE  AREA  MAP

 

Irvine Travel and Tourism: www.citytowninfo.com/places/california/irvine/travel

NEARBY HOTELS

  1. Candlewood Suites Orange County/Irvine Spectrum (1.96 miles)
  2. Doubletree Irvine Spectrum (2.4 miles)
  3. Homestead Irvine Spectrum (2.94 miles)
  4. La Quinta Inn Irvine Spectrum (3.09 miles)
  5. Residence Inn Irvine Orange County Airport (4.18 miles)
  6. Residence Inn by Marriott Irvine Spectrum (4.25 miles)
  7. Oakwood at The Charter (4.28 miles)
  8. Courtyard by Marriott Irvine (4.37 miles)
  9. Marriott Irvine (4.78 miles)
  10. Crowne Plaza Irvine Hotel (4.81 miles)
  11. Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport (5.07 miles)
  12. Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport (5.08 miles)
  13. Embassy Suites Hotel Irvine (5.1 miles)

DINING, SHOPPING AND ATTRACTIONS

Restaurants within 1/4 mile of Hyatt Regency:

6IX Park Grill (on-site)
   
17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA (0.00 miles away)
    949-225-6666

BRIAZZ
   
5 Park Plz # 120M, Irvine, CA (0.14 miles away)
    949-477-9790

M J's Cafe
   
4 Park Plz, Irvine, CA (0.15 miles away)

Souplantation
   
2825 Main St, Irvine, CA (0.20 miles away)
    949-474-8682
    www.sweettomatoes.com/

Chicago's Best
   
2540 Main St, Irvine, CA (0.26 miles away)
    949-757-1802
    www.chicagos-best.com/

Greek Islands Cuisine
   
2540 Main St # M, Irvine, CA (0.26 miles away)
    949-474-1976

Tokyo Express
   
2540 Main St # H, Irvine, CA (0.26 miles away)
    949-261-6607

Egg Roll House
   
2540 Main St # H, Irvine, CA (0.26 miles away)
    949-261-6607

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
   
2540 Main St # N, Irvine, CA (0.26 miles away)
    949-261-2214
    www.bajafresh.com/

Main Street Pizzeria
   
2540 Main St # L, Irvine, CA (0.26 miles away)
    949-852-9202
    www.mainstpizzaandcafe.com/index.htm

 

Other Restaurants within 1 mile of Hyatt Regency:

Melting Pot Restaurant (Fondue)
   
2646 Dupont Dr, Irvine, CA
    (949) 955-3242
    www.meltingpot.com/

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
   
2961 Michelson Drive
    Suite A, Building 10
    Irvine, CA 92612
    (949) 252-8848
    www.ruthschris.com/home.html 

Il Fornaio (Italian)
   
18051 Von Karman Avenue
    Irvine, CA 92612
    949.261.1444
    www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3149

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
   
2000 Main Street
    Irvine, California 92614
    (949) 756-0505
    www.mccormickandschmicks.com/index.cfm

Agoro Churrascaria (Brazilian “Rodizio” style Steakhouse)
   
1830 Main Street Irvine, CA
    (949) 222-9410
    www.agorachurrascaria.com/

Houston’s (Diverse American)
   
2991 Michelson Dr Irvine, CA
    (949) 833-0977
    www.hillstone.com/pdf_menus/houstons/Houstons_Irvine.pdf

Taleo Grill (Mexican)
   
3309 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
    (949) 553-9002
    www.taleomexicangrill.com

 

Shopping Malls (within 6 miles of Hyatt Regency)

South Coast Plaza
   
3333 Bristol Street
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    www.southcoastplaza.com/

Irvine Spectrum
   
71 Fortune Drive
    Irvine, CA 92618
    www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com

Fashion Island Newport Center
   
401 Newport Center Drive
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    www.shopfashionisland.com

 

Tours and Buses

TRAINS

 

Nearby Attractions

Within 10 Miles of Hyatt Regency:

  1. Newport Beach – this site includes links to ocean excursions such as Catalina Island, Balboa Island Ferry, SportFishing, Whalewatching & FlightDeck Air Combat Center (flight simulator experience)
    www.visitnewportbeach.com/playing.aspx?category=41
  2. Balboa Beach
    www.balboanewportbeach.com/
  3. Disneyland/California Adventure
    http://disneyland.disney.go.com/
  4. Edison Field (Home of Anaheim Angels Baseball Team)
    http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/
  5. Laguna Beach
    www.lagunabeachinfo.org/
  6. Wild Rivers Water Park Irvine
    www.wildrivers.com/
  7. Orange County Museum of Art (5.42 miles)
    http://reservations.destinationirvine.com/726_attraction-info_a227.html
  8. Catalina Passenger Service, Inc. (6.89 miles)
  9. Newport Landing Whale Watching (7.04 miles)
  10. Newport Landing Sportfishing (7.04 miles)

 

Greater than 10 less than 20 Miles from Hyatt Regency:

  1. Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari
    www.dolphinsafari.com
  2. Movieland Wax Museum
    www.seeing-stars.com/Museums/Movieland.shtml
  3. Knotts Berry Farm/Knott's Soak City USA (18.82 miles)
    www.knotts.com/park/index.shtml
  4. Discovery Science Center (10.31 miles)
  5. Crystal Cathedral (11.72 miles)
  6. Dana Wharf Sportfishing (13.31 miles)
  7. Disneyland® Resort (14.29 miles)
  8. Medieval Times California (19.16 miles)
  9. Pirate's Dinner Adventure (19.17 miles)

 

Greater than 20 less than 30 Miles from Hyatt Regency:

  1. Cerritos Center for Performing Arts
    www.cerritoscenter.com
  2. Long Beach Aquarium
    www.aquariumofpacific.org

 

Greater than 30 miles but less than 50 miles from Hyatt Regency:

  1. Universal Studios Hollywood
    www.universalstudioshollywood.com/
  2. Grauman's Chinese Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
    www.manntheatres.com/chinese/index.php
  3. StarLine Tours (LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Movie Star Homes, etc. bus tours)
    www.starlinetours.com