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Travel Tips

Get to the Airport 90 minutes to two hours before your scheduled flight departure to find parking, check luggage and go through the security checkpoint. International travelers should allow three hours prior to flight departure. Passengers who are members of TSA Pre-Check will benefit from an expedited screening process.

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All terminal parking entrances are located on the Departure (upper) Level only. The parking rate is an economical $2 per hour. After entering Parking Structure A1, B2 or C, drivers picking up passengers at the Airport are encouraged to proceed to the ground level (Level 1) and utilize the 2-hour parking spaces. From there, it's just a short walk to the baggage claim or the elevators to the ticket counter areas where you can greet your party.

Example of numbered column on the arrival levelColor-coded and numbered columns along the white curb on the Arrival (lower) Level roadway make meeting arriving passengers easy. The white curb is for loading and unloading only. No parking please!

Park and say goodbye in the Terminal

Take some extra time to say goodbye and see your family member or friend off inside the Airport. You may park in a terminal parking structure close to the terminal of the respective airline. All Parking entrances are located on the Departure (upper) Level only. The rate is an economical $2 per hour, and dedicated two-hour parking spaces are available on the ground level (Level 1) of Parking Structures A1, B2 and C near the terminal entrance. From there it is just a short walk to the elevators to the ticket counters and security checkpoints on the Departure (upper) Level where you can say goodbye to your party. Only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the security checkpoints.

Briefly stop at the white curb

Vehicles may briefly stop at the white curb for dropping off passengers on the Departure (upper) Level roadway — be careful not to stop at a red curb or other restricted areas as citations will be issued. Allowing enough time and parking your car will help make your experience less stressful. Curbside parking is not allowed. Do not leave your vehicle unattended at the curbside!

Go to the Arrivals or Departures section and find a flight by entering flight number, city and/or airline. The results will include more detailed flight information and a link to a visual flight tracker. Family and loved ones can observe the flight route from the comfort of their home or while waiting at the Airport. View arrivals and departures.

Online Check-in

To save time at the Airport, visit your airline's website from the convenience of your home or mobile device. With a boarding pass and no baggage to check in, you may go directly to the security checkpoints.

International travelers may not have the option for online check-in, and a visit to the airline's ticket counter is recommended or may be required.

View a list of airlines with their terminal location.

Curbside Check-in for Expedited Service at the Airport

Skycaps are available for selected airlines (American Airlines and Delta Airlines/Delta Connection, Southwest) to assist with checked baggage and printing of boarding passes. Use this option to bypass the ticket counter and proceed directly to the security checkpoints after dropping off your bags at the curb.

Self-service Kiosk in the Terminal

For your convenience, self-service kiosks are available for airline check-in and boarding pass printing throughout the ticket counter lobby. With a boarding pass and no baggage to check in, you may go directly to the security checkpoints.

Airline Ticket Counters

For more personalized customer service or international travel, the airline ticket counters may be your best or required option. Ticket counters are located on the Departure (upper) Level in Terminals A, B and C. View a list of airlines with their terminal location.

View a list of airlines with their terminal location.

TSA Pre-Check Program

TSA Pre✔® is a pre-screening initiative that allows travelers the ability to move through security checkpoints with greater efficiency and ease when traveling. Dedicated TSA Pre✔® lanes are located in Terminals A, B and C at John Wayne Airport.

The TSA Pre✔® Enrollment Center at John Wayne Airport is located on the Arrival (lower) Level of Terminal C, across from the Airport Information Booth, next to the U.S. Customs exit. While walk-ins may be accommodated, travelers are encouraged to pre-enroll and/or make an appointment online at or by contacting the Universal Enrollment Services Call Center at 855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) Monday through Friday from 8 am to 10 pm (ET). The on-site Enrollment Center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm (closed 11:00 am-11:30 am).

For additional information including eligible travelers and participating airlines, please visit the TSA Pre✔® website.

Security Checkpoints and Gate Access

Security checkpoints are located in each Terminal (A, B and C) and you can access any gate from any security checkpoint location. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel operate and are responsible for the security screening process and checked baggage searches. A valid government-issued ID and boarding pass are required to pass through the security checkpoints (accommodations are made for children without ID). If you are meeting a child, elderly, or disabled person requiring assistance at the gate, you must contact your airline in advance to make arrangements for a gate pass.

Be Prepared When Approaching the Checkpoint

To speed up the screening process, have your boarding pass and ID ready for inspection and place any loose items in your carry-on. Take outer garments and shoes off, remove laptop computers from bags and place them in a bin for screening. Do you want to simplify the screening process? Check out the TSA Pre-Check Program.

Body Scanners

The TSA uses Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) at John Wayne Airport. For more information about AIT including privacy and opt-out information and other frequently asked questions please visit

Carry-on Items

All carry-on items must be screened at the security checkpoint.

Pack Smart to Get Through Security Faster

Keep baggage organized by layering items; this will increase visibility for the security officers. You are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item – such as a laptop computer, purse, small backpack, briefcase, or camera case – through security screening and onto the aircraft ("1+1" rule).

Bringing Food or Gift Items Home for the Holidays?

Leave your gifts unwrapped. All gifts are subject to screening (including gifts in checked baggage). View TSA guidelines on traveling with food or gifts.

Traveling with Battery-powered Hobby Items, Toys or Equipment?

View the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rules regarding batteries.

Liquids, Gels, Aerosols, Creams and Pastes (3-1-1 for Carry-ons)

TSA allows you to bring one quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag filled with 3.4 ounce (100ml) or smaller size containers of these items placed in the security bin. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked baggage. Snow globes that appear to contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size) will be permitted in carry-on baggage if the entire snow globe, including the base, is able to fit in the same one clear, plastic bag, as the passenger’s other liquids. Larger sizes may be packed in checked baggage.

Declare larger quantity of liquids: The items listed below are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces and are not required to be in a zip-top bag. Passengers are requested to declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Baby formula, breast milk and juice. View more information.
  • Liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition.

View more detailed information about TSA Permitted and Prohibited Items.

Always Keep an Eye on Your Bags

Never leave your baggage unattended. Do not accept baggage or packages from others you do not know. If you see any unattended baggage or packages report them immediately by calling Airport Police at 2-5000 from a white courtesy phone or 949-252-5000.

Traveling with Children?

Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in the zip-top bag; however you must declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint. Please view the TSA tips for traveling with children to allow for a more stress-free screening process.

TSA Cares Helpline

Travelers with medical conditions and disabilities can call toll-free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling to ask questions about screening policies, procedures and about what to expect at the security checkpoints. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. Pacific Time, and weekends and Holidays 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or may e-mail: Visit for more information.

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Parking Map

Know Before You Go

For each parking structure, click “View more ▾” to see parking availability by level, including Accessible and 2-hour parking spaces.

Parking Availability

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For additional parking assistance, please call Customer Relations at (949) 252-5200.

Parking data updated every five minutes.

Parking Rates

  • Parking
  • Structure A1, A2
  • Structure B2, C
    B, C
  • Curbside Valet
    A, B, C
  • Main Street
    to A, B, C


Parking Info and Tips

Terminal Parking Structures

Terminal Parking

Four parking structures are conveniently located next to the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. The terminal parking facilities have covered and uncovered parking spaces adjacent to or in close vicinity of the terminal. For those dropping off or picking up passengers, A1, B2 and C offer a limited amount of economical 2-hour parking spaces on the lower level near the entrance to the terminal.

Parking Structures A1 and A2 are located adjacent to and directly across from Terminal A (American, Delta and WestJet).

Parking Structures B2 and C are closest to Terminals B (Alaska and United) and C (Frontier and Southwest).

All terminal parking is accessible from the Departure (upper) Level only.

Valet Parking

Valet Parking at John Wayne Airport

Convenient curbside Valet Parking is available on the Departure (upper) Level in front of the Riley Terminal. There are two drop-off locations: (1) curbside between Terminals A and B, or (2) curbside between Terminals B and C. On your return, you may call ahead for faster service - (949) 752-5558 or 2-4018 from any White Courtesy Phone.

Ultimate Detailing & Hand Car Wash
Passengers who valet park at John Wayne Airport may have their cars washed and detailed while traveling. Your car will be ready when you return! LAZ Parking, in partnership with Ultimate Detailing & Hand Car Wash, offers a convenient, safe and ecological amenity to valet parking customers.

Ultimate Auto Services and Pricing:
$29 / $34 Deluxe Hand Wash
$89 / $99 Ultimate Interior Detail
$89 / $99 Ultimate Exterior Detail
$55 / $65 Ultimate Wash & Wax
$159 / $179 Ultimate Complete Detail

Main Street (Off-Airport) Parking

Main Street Shuttle

The most economical option, the uncovered Main Street Parking, is located at 1512 Main Street in Irvine. Courtesy shuttle service to and from the Riley Terminal is available every 15 minutes. Shuttle buses are lift-equipped. Shuttle pick-up locations are located at the Terminal on the Arrival (lower) Level at the third island of the Ground Transportation Center for Terminals A and B, and in front of Terminal C Arrival (lower) Level just north of the crosswalk into Parking Structure B2.

Get Directions to Main Street Parking

Accepted Payment Methods and Payment Options

Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted in all parking locations. Debit cards bearing the Visa or MasterCard logos are acceptable.

Ticketless Options: Passengers can park at any parking location without a parking ticket by using the ticketless parking option. When entering any parking facility, simply insert a valid credit card into the entry column's yellow slot or waive your contactless credit card at the entry column - no ticket will be issued to you and no charges will be incurred at entry time. Upon return and exiting the parking facility, proceed to any Express Exit Lane, and insert or waive the same credit card used upon entry for calculation of parking fees and payment. A receipt will automatically be printed. The SAME credit card MUST be for used entry AND exit. This ticketless method eliminates having to keep track of a parking ticket while away on travel, reduces wait time at exit, and eliminates waste from disposal of the paper parking ticket.

Contactless Credit Cards: With the implementation of JWA's state-of-the-art Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS), passengers can waive their contactless credit cards such as MasterCard PayPass and American Express Pay at entry and exit lanes in lieu of inserting them into the machines, making for a quicker transaction.

Express Exit Lanes: Passengers paying by credit card can use dedicated Express Exit Lanes and avoid waiting for a cashier. A receipt will automatically be printed. Cash is not accepted in Express Exit Lanes.

Pay on foot station

Pay-on-Foot Stations (Parking Structure C only): Pay-on-foot stations allowing for credit card payment of parking fees, prior to returning to one's vehicle, are now available in Parking Structure C on levels 1 and 3. Pay-on-Foot stations allow passengers to pay parking fees and exit Parking Structure C using Express Exit Lanes without waiting for a cashier. Cash is not accepted at pay-on-foot stations.

Lost Ticket or Credit Card: Passengers will be charged the maximum daily rate from date of entry.

Accessible Parking

Extra wide accessible parking spaces are conveniently located in all parking facilities at the Airport. Vehicles parking in accessible spaces must display a valid Disabled Person Parking Placard or License Plate. Valet Parking has wheelchair access.

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Ground Transportation

Ground Transportation Map

Thomas F. Riley Terminal map for Ground Transportation options
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