Closest Airports to Temecula CA

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Closest Airports to Temecula, CA

One of the best things about Temecula is its proximity to everything, this includes airports.  There are a total of 5 airports near Temecula, all within an hour and a half drive. In this blog post and video we will share some of our experiences flying both in and out of the closest airports to Temecula, CA. There are pros and cons to each airport near Temecula and hopefully this blog post will answer these questions for you.

I have also included links pages that have a list of all non stop destinations and airlines from each airport for your convenience 

Closest Airports include:

John Wayne Airport- Costa Mesa- Orange County- Airlines and Destinations here

San Diego International Airport- San Diego Airlines and Destinations here

Ontario International Airport- Ontario California  Airlines and Destinations Here

LAX- Los Angeles Airlines and destinations here

Palm Springs International Airport Palm Springs- Airlines and Destinations here

If you are flying out from Temecula most of these airports are very similar in regards of how long it’s going to take to get to each one. The  one exception is LAX. Not only is it a little longer in way of mileage but you can always hit traffic in the LA which can and hours to your drive. Oftentimes, you do not have a choice as LAX is going to be the airport that flies the most destinations with the most frequency.

Vacation Travel

If you’re flying in for a vacation and  have an  end goal of spending time in Temecula you definitely have some options that I would like to go over. Depending on what time of year it is, what you like doing or how much time you have will likely influence your decision on where to fly into. If you  plan a vacation to Temecula and have an extra day I wanted to explain Each city and what they offer for a one or two night stay.

Palm Springs

If you can fly into Palm Springs before ending in Temecula,  the winter, fall or spring months will not be disappointed. I’d suggest spending a night before coming to Temecula  This is one of our favorite places to go and get away for the weekend. Quaint restaurants, safe, gorgeous weather and lots of golf  courses are just a few of the things that we love about Palm Springs.

We will warn you, if you’re flying  into Southern California during the  summer, I would probably stay away from Palm Springs, unless you like extreme, extreme heat.  We mean so hot that you can’t even sit by the pool.  

Thursday night in Palm Springs is great,  they have market night which is awesome to walk up and down. They have lots of local arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables and prepared food. They shut the whole street down and it really is a great experience, very relaxing and fun.  In regards to restaurants, you can’t go wrong in Palm Springs. They line the Main Street and you really have your pick of what type of food you’re looking for or what atmosphere you like.

Personally, one of our favorites is Shanghai Red’s. It’s a Seafood towny type restaurant  with great fish tacos, Ahi tacos, lobster, pasta and steak. In regards to the airport,  we have never actually flown into or out of Palm Springs but it’s going to be  the smallest airport out of the 5 and probably the least amount of hassle.

John Wayne

We have flown in and out of John Wayne Airport many many times. It’s a small airport, easy to get around and very convenient from Temecula. A few of the major hotels that are no more than half a mile from the airport allow you to overnight park and provide shuttle service to the airport. This is very convenient and the overnight parking is relatively inexpensive.

If you are flying into Orange County we suggest that you take a drive down PCH to get to Temecula. This will allow you to visit the many beach towns from Laguna Beach all the way down to Oceanside or Carlsbad. The drive is going to be about an hour to get to Temecula from John Wayne Airport.  John Wayne Airport is easy to get around and you can usually check in and get to your terminal within half an hour, which is always a plus.


 Personally, we would only fly into Ontario if we were going straight to Temecula. There is really nothing around this airport that  you would want to see. The one benefit of Ontario airport is that it’s very small and you can get in and out within minutes. In regards to the drive to Temecula, it will take you about 40 minutes without traffic.

San Diego

We could spend hours talking about San Diego, it’s probably one of our favorite cities in America. Sunshine, ocean breezes, beaches and the Gaslamp District are just a few of  the fun things you can see if you fly into San Diego.

Just like the other three airports I previously mentioned, it’s pretty easy to get in and out of. We suggest, if you are planning on your end goal being Temecula to spend the night or two in San Diego. Visit the Gaslamp district, drive over the bridge and see Coronado and the Coronado Hotel. These two things are very fun and Coronado is one of the most beautiful places in America. San Diego overall will be a little more expensive in regards to hotels and food.

Los Angeles

In all honesty, big cities and Los Angeles might be great for some people but we stay away from LAX or Los Angeles unless we absolutely have to. There are going to be some cool things to see like Malibu, Santa Monica (the pier) or Manhattan Beach but overall it’s going to be very crowded, dirty and stressful LOL. Obviously, because LAX is  one of the bigger airports in America this is where many incoming and outgoing flights will be from, especially internationally. 

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, you really can never tell what’s going to happen with traffic in this area. It can take you an hour or it can take you 3 hours. One accident and you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to miss your flight if you’re a little late. In regards to distance, LAX will be the longest out of all 5 of these airports. Also, if you fly into LAX around dinner time or leave during the morning rush-hour expect to spend 2-4 hours in your car getting to or from Temecula. Try and plan your flight in around when traffic is the lightest. 

Hopefully this blog post gave you some insight into the five different airports near Temecula. As we mentioned in many other blogs, Temecula is in the middle of everything and is very convenient. I would say all of the major airports have something to see except Ontario. Take your pic and spend an extra couple days sightseeing, enjoying the beach,  restaurants and weather.

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