Flying into San Diego, passengers get a bird's eye view of Balboa Park, downtown and the San Diego Bay on their descent to San Diego International Airport, aka Lindbergh Field.
The main gateway for travelers coming to San Diego, the airport is conveniently located just minutes from downtown San Diego and serviced by 17 major and commuter airlines including non-stop flights from Mexico, Canada, Japan and the UK.
The San Diego International Airport is managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and receives more than 20 million passengers a year. The airport terminals are easy to navigate and offer gourmet food and drink from local restaurants.
A taxi or shuttle is a quick and easy way to get to your destination and they can be found at the Transportation Plazas outside of each terminal.
For car rentals, the airport is served by all major car rental agencies. Free dedicated Rental Car Shuttle buses run continually to ferry customers between the airport terminals and the Rental Car Center.
Operating seven days a week, early morning to late night, Bus Route 992 offers curbside drop-off/pick-up service right outside baggage claims in both terminals 1 and 2. Equipped with luggage racks, Bus Route 992 runs every 15 minutes on weekdays for most of the day. Purchase a day pass from any ticket machine found near the information booths in both terminals and at any trolley station for unlimited rides on Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Buses and Trolleys during your entire journey. Alternatively, you can download the free mobile ticketing app to buy 1-day and 30-day passes from your smartphone for immediate use anytime, anywhere.
Passengers can access the Sycuan Green Trolley Line by taking the free Rental Car Shuttle from the Transportation Plazas outside of each terminal. When the driver is notified, the shuttle bus drops passengers off on the north end of the airport, just one block from the Middletown Station. Passengers proceed by crossing Pacific Highway and walking one block northeast on W. Palm Street to the station on the left.
Picking up arriving travelers is so much easier when you don't have to drive in circles. If you don't need to meet your group inside, the best option is to wait in the airport's convenient Cell Phone Lot. Parking here is free for up to 60 minutes. Vehicles must be turned off and attended at all times. Once contact is made with the incoming passenger, proceed to the terminals. Currently open from 5:00am-12:30am, seven days a week, the cell phone lot has approximately 100 parking spaces and portable restrooms. It is located at 3015 North Harbor Drive. Enter the lot west-bound on North Harbor Drive at Liberator Way, just east of the Commuter Terminal.
Airport parking is located outside of each airport terminal. To save time when you leave, take your parking ticket with you and pre-pay at automated express parking pay stations. With these pre-paid tickets, you can then use the express pay exit lane when leaving the terminal. Otherwise, there are staffed payment booths at the exit gates of each parking lot where you can pay. You can also reserve parking online in advance of your travel.
San Diego is an easy gateway to the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) via the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), a secure border-crossing pedestrian bridge that allows visitors to San Diego to conveniently fly in and out of Tijuana, Mexico. Passengers flying in to San Diego can clear immigration and walk across the bridge to the United States, avoiding often long lines at the International border.
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