In this article, I share exactly what you need to know about the Ontario Airport Parking situation so that you can find the cheapest and easiest parking at this great airport.
Plus, I share some general information about the ONT airport, including the terminal configuration, airlines that serve Ontario Airport and other useful information.
Ontario Airport – Overview
The Ontario Airport is one of the best airports in Southern California. And by best, I don’t mean fancy, or luxurious, or glamorous. Ontario Airport (ONT) is none of those things. But, as a business traveler, I don’t need any of that nonsense. What I do need is functionality, easy navigation, reasonable people traffic, and good flight options.
Oh, and it should be close to my house so I can minimize commute time.
Ontario Airport checks all of those boxes and more including simple and straightforward airport parking.
Ontario Airport is a very convenient airport for SOCAL business travelers. Its central location in Southern California puts it basically no more than an hour from most parts of Southern California (save maybe the ultra southern parts of Cali like San Diego County).
It’s a small airport with moderate flight/people traffic, but it’s also exactly suited for the regular business traveler. It’s also great option for pleasure travelers with direct options to major cities like Las Vegas (39 minutes or so), or Phoenix (55m), or Salt Lake City, etc.
There used to be a United flight from LAX to ONT…14 minute flight. I’ve done it…pretty cool. And if your flight gets delayed or canceled they just bus you to ONT (I’ve done that too…weird). I don’t know if this flight is still offered, but it’s got to be one of the shortest flights in the country.
Ontario Airport has a storied history regarding its ownership. It was owned by LAX (yeah, the big airport) for a while (and that kinda sucked as LAX cut the flight options out of ONT. It’s now back on its own and flight options have started to return and several upgrades have started (like adding Rock N Brews to Terminal 4).
Another fun fact about Ontario Airport is that it is a common filming location for Movies, TV Shows and Commercials. If a show has an airport in it, there is a VERY good chance it was filmed at the Ontario Airport. Shows like Mad Men and 24 movies like Argo and Mission Impossible, and man other popular shows have been filmed here.
Movies aside, Ontario Airport is a great Southern California Airport. It’s easy to get in and out of. It’s flight options are reasonable, and it’s in “ok” shape for an airport. Even the rental car facility is “close” – technically offsite, but not really (see the map, later).
The Ontario Airport Parking situation is pretty straightforward too – as we will see in a moment. You’d do well to consider Ontario Airport as a viable option for your flight needs.
Getting to Ontario Airport
Ontario Airport is conveniently located in the middle of 3 major California Freeways: the 15, the 60 and the 10. Keep that nugget of information in the back of your mind for a minute.
Ontario Airport is located…wait for it…in the City of Ontario, CA. Ontario, CA is a beautiful city, chock full of touristy things to do…oh wait, that’s Ontario, CANADA. Ontario, CA…well, it sucks. Think warehouses, traffic, car dealerships, and well, and airport.
But I don’t live there…I just fly there! And for my purposes this place rocks. Here’s a pic of where it’s located in SOCAL:
As you can see from the map, Ontario Airport is in a great location. No matter where you are coming from there’s probably more than one way to get there which is a BIG DEAL given how crazy California Traffic can be.
For example, I usually take the 15 North to Jurupa and sneak into my favorite parking location (Lot 5). But the other day I had to peel off a take the 60 because the 15 was bogged down near Jurupa. I was able to get off on Haven and in 2 minutes, bam…right where I needed to be. Options like this are important to regular business travelers like me!
Terminal Configuration for Ontario Airport
Ontario Airport has two terminals: Terminal 2 and Terminal 4. When parking at the Ontario Airport it’s important to understand what terminal your airline flies out of as it could make your Ontario Airport parking experience even simpler.
I have no idea, by the way, why there is no terminal 1 or 3. There is a fair amount of physical space between the two terminals so maybe they planned for the future allowing them to squeeze a 1 and a 3 in there. Maybe…
Terminal 2 hosts several major airlines including: Delta, Alaska Airlines, China Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, United and Volaris.
Terminal 4 hosts two airlines: Southwest and American Airlines and in particular a LOT of Southwest flights.
Are you flying Southwest? If so you might be interested in this Guide to Getting the Best Seat on Southwest Airlines.
Here’s a helpful map of the Ontario Airport terminal configuration:
Ontario Airport Parking Situation
Alright…enough jibber jabber about things not related to the Ontario Airport Parking situation. Let’s do this!
One of the great things about the Ontario Airport is it’s easy parking situation. Frankly, the Ontario Airport Parking situation is killer!
Super easy, reasonably priced and plentiful. Unlike other airports where parking will cost you your left kidney or you have to take a shuttle for 30 minutes to pay less than $20.00 a day, Ontario Airport makes it simple.
Let’s start with birds eye view of the Ontario Airport Parking options (see the pic, below):
Normally, On-Airport Parking is c-r-a-z-y expensive. Not so much here at the Ontario Airport. There are three classes of on-airport parking lots at Ontario Airport: Economy and Daily Parking.
- Daily Parking (lots 2 and 4) is the easiest to get in and out of and is comprised to 2 separate lots that are directly across from Terminals 2 and 4. Easy in and out for walking. Price is a reasonable $18.00/day.
- Economy Parking (lot 3) is also pretty reasonable in terms of price and location. The economy lot is sandwiched between Terminal 2 and Terminal 4’s Daily Lots (or in other words smack dab in between the 2 terminals). You can walk from your car to either terminal, but in my opinion it’s a tad long to walk. There are free shuttles that run to both terminals. This is a VERY attractive price of $10.00/day.
- [Best Choice] Value Parking (lot 5) is the 3rd option for parking at Ontario Airport and it’s appropriately named as it definitely provides the best value. The Value Parking lot is sort of adjacent to the Terminal 4 Daily Parking Lot on John Bangs Road. It’s in between the Rental Car facility and Terminal 4. While a shuttle runs to either terminal, this parking lot offers WALKING access to Terminal 4 (the Southwest terminal!). Tmyhis is favorite parking spot at Ontario Airport. I can quickly park and easily walk to the Terminal and vice versa. No shuttles needed (unless I am going to Terminal 2). The easy walking access to Terminal 4 is great when I am rolling my favorite Carry on suitcase, the >TravelPro Crew 11 21″ Spinner Carryon… And it’s a very reasonably priced $13.00/day.
Of course, like most airports, Ontario Airport offers a Valet Parking option which runs you $25.00/day. Just pull up to the curb and follow the signs. It’s not covered parking though…
There is actually another parking option (Lot D, below), for International Arrivals as well (Volaris and China Airlines).
Note: There is NOT a Cell Phone Parking Lot at the Ontario Airport. Best bet is to just go pay the Hourly Fee ($5.00 for 3 hours) in the Daily Parking lots.
Here’s a map of the parking options at Ontario Airport (source: flyontario.com):
Off Airport Parking
For off-airport parking there are only two options: The Park n Fly and Sunrise Parking.
- Park n Fly. The Park n Fly Ontario Airport is located on the corner of Jurupa and Haven. It’s $9.95/day and they offer a free shuttle. I’ve used this parking lot many times over the years. The shuttle is fast, and it’s not “that” far off the airport. You will, however, likely need to call them to come pick you up if you arrive on a flight later in the evening.
- [Cheapest Parking!] Sunrise Parking. This parking facility is the farthest away from Ontario Airport (it’s west of the airport on Jurupa) and it’s also the cheapest at $8.00/day. It’s safe and not more than a few extra minutes away. They offer a free shuttle, and if you visit their website they have a few coupons for even further savings.
Other Important Ontario Airport Parking Information
Here are some other important pieces of information about the Ontario Airport Parking Situation worth noting:
- Covered Parking. One of the drawbacks to parking at the Ontario Airport is there are no covered parking options nearby. It’s not the end of the world but don’t wash your car before you leave it in dusty Ontario, CA for a week.
- Shuttle pick ups. The Ontario Airport shuttles run pretty frequently, but not nearly as frequently as you might see at bigger airports. Make sure you grab the phone # off your parking ticket in case you need to call the shuttle company for a ride. Additionally, the shuttle pick ups are right out the doors from each Terminal’s baggage claim in the “island” area (it’s obvious).
- Terminal to Terminal Shuttle. There is a shuttle that runs from terminal to terminal if you need to get from one terminal to another, or you can walk. It’s a little bit of a walk, but you could use the exercise (this is one of my favorite tips on how to travel healthy – walk whenever you can).
- Park at a Grocery store and take an uber…whaaaaattt?. If you are dirt cheap, you could park at the Stater Bros which is 2.2 miles away and take an Uber to the Ontario Airport. Buyer beware here (and check local laws)…but I’ve heard it being done before.
- Cell Phone Lot. As noted earlier, there is no cell phone lot at Ontario Airport. If you are looking for a quick place to hang for 15 minutes or so, the Sunrise Parking location offers 20 minutes of free parking.
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