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San Diego Airport

General information

San Diego Airport in the southwest of the United States is the third busiest airport in the State of California, only Los Angeles Airport and San Francisco Airport handle more passengers. The city of San Diego has a population of 1.4 million and is one of the largest cities in the United States (#8). San Diego Airport is widely used by Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The airport has one runway, two modern terminals (T1, T2) and a Rental Car Center.

Tijuana Airport in Mexico is only 40 kilometres / 25 miles from San Diego Airport, California.


Where is San Diego Airport situated?

San Diego Airport is situated in the middle of the city, between Old Town and Downtown San Diego. The airport is located west of the city centre.

How many terminals does San Diego Airport have?

The airport has two terminals, both consist of two parts (East and West). Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are connected by a footbridge, but only after the  security check (airside). Outside, you can walk from one terminal to the other in 5 minutes. Terminal 1 is used by low-cost carriers and has 19 boarding gates (1A, 1 – 18). Terminal 2 has 32 boarding gates (20 – 51) and is used by full service carriers such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

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Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from San Diego Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in United States.

Airport Distance
Tijuana Airport (Mexico) 30km
Los Angeles Airport 175km



The distance from San Diego Airport to the centre of San Diego is 6 kilometres. By car, it takes 15 minutes to get to the centre of San Diego.

From SAN Airport to San Diego City centre by Car
6 km
15 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from San Diego Airport by public transport. Visit the San Diego Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from San Diego Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of San Diego is about $ 20.-. Book your taxi at San Diego Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From SAN Airport to San Diego City centre by Taxi
6 km
15 min
$ 20.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At San Diego Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Alamo (Enterprise Holdings), Avis, Budget, Dollar (The Hertz Corporation), Enterprise, Hertz, National (Enterprise Holdings), Sixt, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

San Diego Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at San Diego Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at San Diego Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at San Diego Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to San Diego Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at San Diego Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near San Diego Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego

Offering a free 24-hour transfer service to San Diego International Airport, this eco-friendly hotel boasts 5 restaurants, 3 outdoor heated pools and an on-site spa. All rooms have flat-screen HDTVs.


Ramada by Wyndham San Diego Airport, San Diego

Located 8 miles away from the San Diego Zoo, this completely non-smoking hotel offers rooms with free WiFi and serves grab and go bag breakfast.


Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island, San Diego

Overlooking Harbor Island's scenic waterfront, this elegant hotel is 5 minutes' drive from San Diego International Airport. It features free airport shuttles, an outdoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Hotels in San Diego

Looking for the best hotels in San Diego? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Solamar San Diego, San Diego

Located adjacent to San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, the modern Solamar San Diego features a rooftop outdoor swimming pool and lounge. Select suites offer spa baths, separate living areas or city views at Solamar San Diego.


Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego

Overlooking San Diego Bay, this waterfront hotel is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres professional baseball team. It offers a full-service spa.


Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection, San Diego

Located 11 minutes’ walk from Little Italy, Hotel Republic San Diego a Marriott Autograph Collection features a vibrant lounge, restaurant and contemporary art gallery. The hotel offers Valet Parking only at $52 per car per night.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near San Diego Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


San Diego: USS Midway Museum Entry Ticket

Enjoy a memorable visit to the USS Midway Museum when you're in San Diego. Skip the line when visiting the longest serving Aircraft Carrier in the American fleet.


San Diego: Harbor Cruise

Explore San Diego's best sights on a harbor tour of San Diego Bay. Enjoy beautiful views of important landmarks such as Coronado Bridge, Downtown San Diego, Midway Aircraft Carrier and many more depending on option booked.

Tour & transport

San Diego: Sightseeing Dinner Cruise with DJ Music

Salty bay breezes, sparkling waves, and matchless natural beauty make San Diego perfect for cruising. Enjoy views of the Coronado Bridge, Cabrillo National Monument, and splashing sea lions.


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