San Diego International Airport Guide (SAN)
The expansion of Terminal 2 was completed during 2013. There are currently proposals to relocate the airport due to anticipated congestion over the next decade.
Airport ambassadors staff Travelers Aid desks and two information booths in the Terminal 1 and 2 baggage claim areas (tel: (619) 400 2261/2263 or 231 5230/688 9856 respectively).
The courtesy Airport Loop shuttle service provides free, 24-hour transportation between all terminals and the car parks.
San Diego International Airport is served by Interstate 5 with connections to SR163, Interstate 8 and Interstate 15.
From central San Diego, take Interstate 5 northbound, exit at ‘Airport/Hawthorn Street’, follow signs onto westbound Hawthorn Street, continue to North Harbor Drive and turn right for the airport.
From Los Angeles, follow Interstate 5 southbound, take the ‘San Diego Airport/Sassafras Street’ exit onto Kettner Boulevard and turn right at the traffic lights at Sassafras Street, then left at the next lights onto Pacific Highway. Once here, turn right at Laurel Street and right again at the next lights (North Harbor Drive) for the airport.
Bus: The Flyer Route 992 (tel: (619) 557 4555; www.sdmts.com) runs between the airport and central San Diego (journey time: 20 minutes; fare: US$2.25), stopping at the Santa Fe depot for connections to trains linking North County to San Diego, and the Amtrak train station for nationwide services. Buses also connect to San Diego's trolley service.
Taxi: Taxi, limousine and shuttle bus services to hotels and central San Diego destinations are available from the ‘transportation plazas’ in front of each terminal. The fare to downtown San Diego is around US$10, and the trip takes 10 to 15 minutes.
ATMs are available throughout the terminal buildings. Bureaux de change are located in Terminals 1 and 2 only.
Post boxes are located immediately outside the main terminal buildings. Wireless internet access is available. Public-use telephones can be found throughout the airport.
There are more than 30 bars, fast-food outlets, coffee shops, snack bars and restaurants at San Diego International Airport. The majority are located in Terminals 1 and 2, while there is one snack bar/restaurant in the Commuter Terminal.
There are a variety of shops at San Diego International Airport offering giftware, souvenirs, news and books. These can be found in Terminals 1 and 2 – the Commuter Terminal houses just a couple of newsagents. There are no duty-free shops at the airport.
A lost and found office (tel: (619) 400 2140) is located in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2. Use of a luggage trolley costs US$4.
San Diego International Airport does not have a dedicated business centre. Several airlines provide club lounges for members and business-class passengers. The nearby Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina (tel: (619) 291 2900; www.starwoodhotels.com) has a business centre, a wide range of meeting rooms, a ballroom and an exhibition hall accommodating up to 2,000 delegates.
Facilities for disabled passengers travelling through the airport include lifts, TDD phones and fully accessible toilets. The inter-terminal shuttle and Flyer Route bus are wheelchair-accessible. Disabled parking is available in all terminal car parks.
Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should inform their airline prior to travel, but on-site assistance is available from volunteer airport ambassadors throughout San Diego International Airport, and by calling from any courtesy or TDD phone.
Car parks are located in front of each terminal, with short- and long-term rates available. Long-term parking is available at 3302 Pacific Highway, connected to the airport by a free, 24-hour shuttle. There is also a 50-space 'cellphone lot' for drivers meeting arriving passengers. The Parking Information hotline (tel: (619) 291 2087) can answer any parking queries.
Car hire companies serving San Diego International Airport include: Advantage, Alamo, Ace, A1 Rent a Car, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, Midway, National, Pacific, Payless, Thrifty and Travcar, which all have nearby off-airport facilities served by shuttles. Travellers can use the courtesy phones provided to request shuttle transport to the car rental company of their choice.