Airport Guide to Ontario International (ONT)

Airport Name

Ontario International Airport

Airport Location

The airport is located 35 miles from Los Angeles.

Terminals

2

IATA Code

ONT

Telephone

909 937 2700

Airport Overview

At just 2.3 miles (3.7km) east of downtown Ontario, Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a small but well-equipped alternative to Los Angeles Airport and John Wayne Airport for passengers flying to California.

The number of flights to Ontario International Airport has been declining steadily in recent years (there were 4.8 million passengers in 2010, but the terminals are built to handle twice that) - some say due to the lack of direct flights to major destinations, in comparison with other airports nearby. However, those who use the airport agree that it is a convenient alternative, well connected to nearby air fields and towns, easy to get in and out of, clean and with good basic facilities.

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Terminal Transfer

The three terminals (Terminal 2, Terminal 4 and the International Terminal) are in separate buildings alongside each other. The International Terminal handles AeroMexico arrivals, while the other two handle all domestic arrivals and departures. There's a free shuttle service that runs between the terminals, economy car park Lot 5 and the car rental center every five to 20 minutes depending on the time of day and how busy the airport is.

 

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Getting into Town

Train: There is no train station at the airport.

Bus: The Omnitrans bus No. 61 runs every 15 minutes from the airport to the city for $1.50. 

Taxi: Taxis can be picked up outside the baggage-claim area. Taxis must have a meter or rate card that’s clearly displayed.

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Car Parking

There's a free cell phone waiting area at 1940 E. Moore Way. Otherwise you can park in the Daily Lots 2 and 4, located just outside Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 respectively. They both cost $3 for the first hour and $2 for every additional hour, up to a daily maximum of $18 and $18 for each additional day. If you'll be leaving your car for more than a few hours, a cheaper option is the long-term Lot 5, which is further away (between Terminal 4 and the car-rental center) and costs just $9 a day, with a free shuttle to take you to the terminal buildings. 

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Information Desks

There's an information desk in Terminal 4 on the lower level, near the main exit. 

 

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Airport Facilities

Money and communications: ATMs in Terminals 2 and 4 and in the car rental facility. 

Luggage: You can rent baggage carts in the baggage-claim areas, ticketing areas and the car -rental center. For lost-luggage queries, contact the airline involved, or head for the information desk if you've misplaced something within the actual terminal. 

Conference and business: The Ontario Airport Holiday Inn has a number of world-class, fully-equipped meeting rooms that can seat up to 250 people. 

Shopping: There's not a huge amount of shopping to be had at Ontario Airport. Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 each have at least one newsagent, a Bijoux Terner (fashion accessories), a California & Co. and a sweet store, while Terminal 4 also has an electronics store. 

Food and drink: There are a number of coffee shops and cafes selling light snacks dotted throughout the airport. If you're after a sit-down meal, get steak at Applebee's Grill & Bar (Terminal 2) or pizza at Round Table Pizza (Terminal 4). 

Other facilities: There are pay phones throughout the terminals, as well as pet-relief areas. 

Wi-Fi: There is Wi-Fi coverage in Terminals 2 and 4 and in the car-rental center, but not in the International Terminal. You can get online through T-Mobile, and pay online via credit card. You can get a day voucher for $9.99, or pay $6 for the first hour and $0.10 per minute thereafter. 

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Car Rentals

There's a separate Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) which you can get to from the terminals via the free airport shuttle. Most major companies, such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz and Advantage, have desks there.