Airport Guide – San Diego

Airport Guide – San Diego

San Diego Internation Airport has located 4.8 km from San Diego city centre. San Diego Airport is also known as Lindbergh Field. It is the busiest single runway airport in the United States.

Facilities and Services

San Diego International Airport offers excellent facilities and services to the travellers. There are plenty of accessible parking spaces available on site. Terminal 1 Parking Lot is right in front of the terminal, and it takes only 5 minutes to get in. So there is no need to wait for the shuttle. It is the best option if you are in a hurry. Terminal 2 Parking Lot is ideal if you want to pick up an arriving passenger.

Terminal 2 Parking Plaza is a new service by the airport. It has over 1800 covered parking spaces. It allows you to park quickly. At all these parking lots, you will have to pay on an hourly basis. If you are going away for more than a few hours, it is best to park in Long Term Parking Lot. Charges are affordable. You can go to terminals from here using the free shuttle.

ATMs are available throughout the airport. Travelex provides currency exchange services along with travel insurance, money transfer, and pre-paid phone cards. It has two outlets on Terminal 2. There are bicycle lockers on both the terminals. There is high-speed free wifi across the airport. Lost and Found office is at Terminal 2 near baggage claim. There are Shoeshine Kiosks on Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

On San Diego International Airport you will see excellent baby care facilities. You will find well equipped Lactation Rooms on Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. If you need any additional information, Volunteer Airport Ambassadors are very easy to find. On both the terminals there is a Traveler’s Aid to help the travellers in need. There is no storage or locker available for luggage. You can rent a baggage cart from various points on the terminals.

Be Relax Spa on Terminal 2 offers excellent salon services, massage and much more. If you have some time in hand, make sure to explore art at the airport. There are temporary and permanent exhibitions. Look out for the concert and exclusive performances representing San Diego’s local culture.


In case you have an early morning flight or experiencing a flight delay, there are not many options on San Diego International Airport. There are no specific rest zones. Even if you enter a Lounge, there are no arrangments for sleeping. You can relax in more comfortable chairs here. If you wish to take a shower and freshen up, all the Lounges does not offer shower facilities. You can enter the pay-to-enter Airspace Lounge.

If you are looking for more privacy and comfort, you can stay at a hotel. There are numerous choices of hotels near the airport. The nearest hotel is the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. It takes only 4 minutes to get to San Diego International Airport from this hotel. They also have a free shuttle service to the airport for hotel guests. You will see hotel reservation boards at the Baggage Reclaim areas of the airport.

Dining and Shopping

Both terminals of San Diego International Airport provide the passengers with various food choices. You will find up to 40 places that serve different varieties of food. There are plenty of fast-food stores, coffee shops, small snack bars. There are also a good number of decent bars and restaurants. Ryan Bro’s Coffee is the only place open for 24 hours. There are also a lot of Vending Machines across the airport. They have recently launched a new app. AtYourGate is an application available on android and apple store. It delivers whatever food item you want to your gate.

You will find many retail shops at San Diego International Airport. They offer a great choice of books, gifts, souvenier, clothing, accessories, perfumes, sunglasses and much more. Most of these shops are open from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm. There is only one duty-free shop on San Diego International Airport. Duty-Free America is on Terminal 1 near Gate 20 and 21.

Airport Transportation

San Diego International Airport is about 4 km from San Diego city centre. It takes not more than 10 minutes to get to the airport. You can use both public and private transport to go to and from the airport. There is a direct bus service that runs to and from downtown to San Diego Airport. You will have to take Metropolitan Transit System’s Route 992. It runs every 15 minutes on a weekday and every 30 minutes on weekends and public holidays. It is possible to go to Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 using this service. Amtrak Intercity and COASTER trains connect San Diego Airport to downtown making various stops on its way.

Since the airport is only 4 km from the city, taking a taxi is a faster option. You will find a taxi at the Transportation Plaza. If you like to travel more independently and comfortably, it is best to rent a car. Car Rental Centres are by the road near terminals. You can use the airport shuttle service to take you to the Car Rental Centre from the terminals.