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San Diego Airport Guide (SAN)

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San Diego International Airport (SAN) is located 3 miles from downtown San Diego, California. SAN is also called Lindbergh Field due to the fact that famous aviator Charles Lindbergh flight-tested the Spirit of St. Louis at the airport’s first airstrip before his historic 1927 journey. In 2012, more than 17 million passengers passed through San Diego’s airport.

Transfer between Terminals

San Diego International Airport has three terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Commuter Terminal. All international flights depart from and arrive at Terminal 2. The Airport Loop shuttle service is free and provides frequent transportation between terminals. The shuttle operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Nearby Airport Hotels

Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, 555 West Ash Street, San Diego, CA 92101, This Best Western offers its guests a complimentary breakfast and other on-site dining options. Free wireless internet and a convenient shuttle service which transports travelers to and from the airport. Courtyard by Marriott  San Diego Airport, 2592 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106, This Marriott hotel boasts on-site dining, free wireless internet, and a complimentary shuttle service.

Transport into Town

Bus: Bus Number 992, part of the Metropolitan Transit System, connects the airport to downtown San Diego. Rail: Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and the COASTER Commuter Trains can be reached via Metropolitan Transit System Route 992. Trains depart from Santa Fe Depot train station.

Airport Lounges

American Admiral's Club Lounge is located in Terminal 2, Airside above Gate 23, and is open from 5am-5:30pm on Sunday-Friday, and 5am - 3pm on Saturday. Delta Sky Club Lounge is located in Terminal 2 next to Gate 37, and is open from 5:15am-11pm. United Club and is located in Terminal 1 on the Mezzanine Level near departure gates, and is open from 5:30am - 10pm. USO Lounge is located in Terminal 1 on the ground floor, and is open from 6am - 12am.

Major Airlines

San Diego is a focus city for Southwest Airlines. The top five airlines at San Diego International Airport are Southwest Airlines with 38.45% of SAN’s market, United Airlines has 15.3%, Delta Air Lines has 10.9% of the market, American Airlines with 7.9%, and Alaska Airlines has 6.5% of San Diego International Airport’s market.

Airport Facilities

Free wireless internet is available throughout the airport. Art exhibits can be viewed throughout the terminals, or travelers can get a free behind-the-scenes tour of the airport. The “Terminals to Tarmac Tour” is two hours long and gives airport explorers a behind the scenes look at runways, endangered species areas, and airport art.

Car Parking

General parking lots are available in proximity to each of the three terminals. Terminal parking costs $2 for 30 minutes and $28 for one day. Long-term parking is available in two different lots. Long Term Lot 1 is located on Harbor Drive and costs $18 a day. Economy Lot is located on the Pacific Highway and costs $11 a day. Each lot is connected to the terminals via a free shuttle service.

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Cheap Flights to San Diego

Historical prices for San Diego flights.

Departure Airline Prices
Chicago Alaska Airlines $212
Columbia American Airlines $326
Kansas City American Airlines $210
Norfolk Virginia Beach Williamsburg American Airlines $252
Baltimore Continental $207
Denver Frontier $120
Yuma Continental $182
Portland Alaska Airlines $177
New York JFK American Airlines $269
Indianapolis American Airlines $185
Columbus American Airlines $192
Nashville American Airlines $221
Tulsa Continental $226
Santa Barbara American Airlines $211
St. Louis Continental $200
Las Vegas Continental $152
Seattle Alaska Airlines $170
New York American Airlines $269
La Guardia Continental $279
Great Falls Alaska Airlines $308
Honolulu American Airlines $331
Newark American Airlines $306
Detroit Continental $233
Buffalo Continental $222
Richmond American Airlines $223

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