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There are 8 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita by train, bus, car, shuttle or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 44 min

  1. Take the train from LAX via FlyAway to L. A. Union Station station LAX FlyAway Bus
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Irvine Amtrak Station Pacific Surfliner

$54 - $84

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Shuttle  •  1 h 12 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Los Angeles Airport to Rancho Santa Margarita

$16 - $75

6 alternative options

Train, line 87 bus  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from LAX via FlyAway to L. A. Union Station station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  3. Take the line 87 bus from Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros to Corta-Santa Margarita 87

$27 - $55

Bus, train, line 87 bus  •  4 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  3. Take the line 87 bus from Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros to Corta-Santa Margarita 87

$35 - $69

Bus, line 83 bus, line 87 bus  •  4 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
  3. Take the line 83 bus from Santa Ana-Santiago to Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 6 83
  4. Take the line 87 bus from Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros to Corta-Santa Margarita 87

Bus, line 121 bus, line 560 bus, line 83 bus, line 87 bus  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
  2. Take the line 121 bus from First & Shelter H S to Seventh & Channel Se 121 / ...
  3. Take the line 560 bus from 7Th-Channel to The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9 560
  4. Take the line 83 bus from Santa Ana-Santiago to Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 6 83
  5. Take the line 87 bus from Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros to Corta-Santa Margarita 87

$17 - $33

Drive  •  1 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita 58.2 miles

$5 - $9

Towncar  •  1 h 12 min

  1. Take a town car from Los Angeles Airport to Rancho Santa Margarita 58.2 miles

$200 - $280

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita is to drive which costs $5 - $9 and takes 1 h 12 min.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita is to shuttle which costs $16 - $75 and takes 1 h 12 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at Corta-Santa Margarita via Los Angeles Union Station, Santa Ana-Santiago and Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 33 min.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and Rancho Santa Margarita is 51 miles. The road distance is 58.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita without a car is to train which takes 2 h 44 min and costs $50 - $85.

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It takes approximately 2 h 44 min to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita bus services, operated by LAX FlyAway, depart from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita is to train which takes 2 h 44 min and costs $50 - $85. Alternatively, you can bus and line 83 bus and line 87 bus, which costs and takes 4 h 33 min.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita bus services, operated by OCTA, arrive at Corta-Santa Margarita station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita is 58 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 12 min to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita.
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  • Distance: 51.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 44 min

What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA?

You can take a train from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita via L. A. Union Station station, Los Angeles Union Station, and Irvine Amtrak Station in around 2 h 44 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to Rancho Santa Margarita via Patsaouras Transit Plaza, Los Angeles Union Station, Santa Ana Amtrak Station, Santa Ana-Santiago, Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 6, and Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros in around 4 h 33 min.

Train operators
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Train from LAX via FlyAway to L. A. Union Station station
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
LAX FlyAway
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Irvine Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$29 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
Bus operators
OCTA
Phone
+1 714-560-6282
Website
octa.net
Bus from Paseo De Valencia-Calle De Los Caballeros to Corta-Santa Margarita
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from Santa Ana-Santiago to Laguna Hills Trans Ctr Dock 6
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
Bus from 7Th-Channel to The Depot At Santa Ana Dock 9
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
octa.net
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Patsaouras Transit Plaza
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Los Angeles Union Station to Santa Ana Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Long Beach Transit
Website
lbtransit.com
Bus from First & Shelter H S to Seventh & Channel Se
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
lbtransit.com
Shuttles by Jayride
Website
jayride.com
Shuttle from Los Angeles Airport to Rancho Santa Margarita
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$16 - $75
Other operators
Private Transfers
Website
jayride.com
Towncar from Los Angeles Airport to Rancho Santa Margarita
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$200 - $280
Private
$200 - $280

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