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The closest major airport is John Wayne Airport, located at a distance of 33 miles from Riverside, CA, in Santa Ana, CA, offering passengers non-stop flights to various destinations, including Atlanta, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Maui, San Francisco, Seattle and many other major cities.
The driving distance between Riverside and Santa Ana can be made in 40 minutes, the cost of the fuel being around $10 for a round trip.
Car Rental Services can be found on the Arrival Level, between Terminals A and B, right next to the John Wayne statue.
Shuttle services are also provided at the airport, in the Ground Transportation Center, situated on the Arrival Level.
Taxi services are always waiting for customers in the Ground Transportation Center, also providing vans that can seat up to 7 people, offering convenient fares: $2.95 for the first 1/4 mile, $0.65/additional mile and the waiting fee is $30/hour ($0.50 per minute).
The bus service to and from John Wayne Airport (routes 76 and 212) are provided by OCTA (Orange County Transportation Authority). The OCTA bus stop can be found outside Terminal B, on the Arrival Level.
The public bus transportation service is provided by Greyhound, the bus terminal being located between University Avenue and Mission Inn Avenue, downtown Riverside. Many people use the bus to get around the city and it is not a good option during rush hour, especially if you're in a hurry.
Metrolink and Amtrak are the companies that serve the city, offering travelers various rail routes outside Riverside. It is not the cheapest option to travel outside the city, but it is often used by locals and visitors.
Like most Southern Californians, the Riverside people rely on their own car and most of the times to get around the city, means to ruin your day, because of the traffic. If you do need to drive to get somewhere in the city (or outside) it is best to avoid driving on Arlington and Magnolia Avenues, because the traffic on these streets may seem interminable, especially during rush hour.
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