San Diego International Airport Guide (SAN)

Airport info
Code: SAN
3225 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101, United States

San Diego International Airport is located 3km (2 miles) northwest of San Diego, in southwest California.

No. of terminals: 3 Dialling code: +1
+1 619 400 2404
San Diego International Airport map

Known locally as Lindbergh Field, San Diego International Airport serves its namesake city in southern California. Our San Diego International Airport guide provides information relating to terminal facilities, public transport routes and nearby accommodation options.

Airport news

There are currently proposals to relocate the airport due to anticipated congestion over the next decade. A new centralised car hire facility opened in January 2016.


There are two information desks at the airport, located in the Terminal 1 and 2 baggage claim areas (tel: +1 619 400 2404). Volunteer Airport Ambassadors are also on hand to provide additional information, and are recognisable by their green polo shirts with ‘airport information’ written on them.

Transfer between terminals

The courtesy Airport Loop shuttle service provides free, 24-hour transportation between all terminals and the car parks.

Driving directions

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.

Public Transport

Public transport road

Bus:The Flyer Route 992 (tel: +1 619 557 4555; 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$12, and the trip takes 10 to 15 minutes.

Terminal facilities


ATMs are available throughout the terminal buildings. Bureaux de change facilities are located in Terminals 1 and 2 only.


Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout San Diego International Airport (the first 30 minutes of which are free of charge). Post boxes are located immediately outside the main terminal buildings and 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, newspapers 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: +1 619 400 2140) is located in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2. Use of a luggage trolley costs US$4.


AED (defibrillator) units are installed throughout the terminals. Bicycle storage lockers are available (for a small deposit). Shoeshine kiosks are situated in Terminals 1 and 2.

Airport facilities

Conference and business

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: +1 619 291 2900; has a business centre, a wide range of meeting rooms, a ballroom and an exhibition hall accommodating up to 2,000 delegates.

Disabled facilities

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 telephone.

Car parking

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 a 50-space 'cellphone lot' for drivers meeting arriving passengers, and 'valet' parking is available.

Car rental

Car hire companies serving San Diego International Airport are numerous, including: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty, as well as a whole host of local operators. All are located in the new consolidated rental car centre, which is linked to the terminal by free shuttle buses.


There are no on-site hotels at San Diego International Airport; however there are numerous hotels within a 3 km (2 mile) radius, many of which provide courtesy shuttle services to and from the terminals.

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

+1 619 234 1500

Boasting its own marina, a choice of waterfront eateries and sports facilities, this huge hotel has 1,360 rooms. Business guests here will appreciate the hotel’s meeting and events facilities, as well as its location adjacent to the local convention centre.

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

+1 619 291 2900

This large waterfront hotel offers a choice of dining options, three swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa and a fitness centre. Extensive meeting and events facilities are also available.

1380 Harbor Island Drive, 92101, San Diego, United States

Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside

+1 619 224 3621

Close to the main marina and San Diego International Airport, the Holiday Inn Bayside has a restaurant, outdoor pool and a range of fitness and recreational/sporting facilities. The on-site bar and restaurant operates weekday 'happy hours', and the accommodation ranges from standard rooms to suites.

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Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

+1 619 221 1900

Courtyard San Diego Airport is close to San Diego International Airport, San Diego Zoo and the historic Gaslamp district of the city. It offers a choice of restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool and meeting/conference facilities.

2592 Laning Road, 92106, San Diego, United States

Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island

+1 619 291 6700

This 211-room property is located on the Harbor Island waterfront, less than 1.6km (1 mile) from San Diego International Airport. The Hilton offers a full-service business centre and meeting rooms in addition to a restaurant overlooking the harbour, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.

1960 Harbor Island Drive, 92101, San Diego, United States
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