Hours of Operation
San Diego International Airport is open twenty-four hours a day; however, departures only occur without penalty between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Each airline has its own operating hours, but typically ticket counters are staffed by 4:30 a.m. for check-in. For specific check-in information, please contact the airline you are flying directly. To contact the Airport or Airport Authority, please call 619.400.2404.
Text telephones are located throughout all Airport terminals. Consult the terminal maps for specific locations.
Visual Paging monitors are placed at clearly designated locations throughout all the Airport terminals. To place a visual page, proceed to any white courtesy phone or call 619-400-2900.
All public elevators contain Braille and lowered control panels to facilitate ease of use.
All Airport restrooms contain at least one larger stall and grab bars to accommodate individuals with accessibility needs.
Travelers who require special assistance should contact airlines ahead of time to request assistance in reaching airline-boarding gates. San Diego International Airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have implemented increased security for all airline passengers. These heightened security measures may result in longer waiting times to pass through security checkpoints.
Baggage Check and Claim
Baggage claim carousels are centrally located in each terminal. For assistance, contact the appropriate baggage claim office or airline ticket counter.
The Airport offers a variety of locally owned and nationally known eateries. Most of these establishments contain lowered counter tops and sufficient aisle space to accommodate people with various accessibility requirements. Restaurant staff is always available to help if assistance is required.
The Airport offers an exciting mix of shopping choices, including San Diego-based shops and national brand favorites. All gift shops are arranged to provide ample space for browsing. Help is always available from retail staff. Please ask for assistance.
Air Canada 888.247.2262 Terminal 2
San Diego International Airport has a number of parking options for travelers. Motorists can park on-site for up to 30 days.
The airport offers parking lots conveniently located outside the Commuter Terminal and Terminal 1. These lots are in high demand and can be expected to fill to capacity. See the additional parking lots below for more airport parking options.
Terminal 2 Parking
All parking spaces in front of Terminal 2 have been relocated due to construction on The Green Build. Those flying out of or picking up passengers at Terminal 2 should proceed to McCain Road to reach the most convenient parking lots for Terminal 2 access. A new, temporary lot has opened, providing 1,350 spaces at $13/day. To reach the lot, motorists should follow the green parking signs on Harbor Drive and turn on McCain Road, then turn right on Spruance. Parking in front of Terminal 2 will reopen when The Green Build is complete in 2013.
SAN Park lots offer quick and easy access to the airport and are located in close proximity to airport terminals. The airport provides complimentary shuttle service to the terminals. You can find more information about our long-term parking lots here.Complimentary round-trip shuttle transportation is provided from SAN Park Pacific Highway to the Cruise Ship Terminal.
There are two ways to pay for parking at the airport:
Take your ticket with you, and use the automated express parking pay stations located outside Terminal 1. You can then use the express pay exit lane when leaving the terminal.
Lost tickets are charged at the maximum daily rate.
Parking for travelers with disabilities is available in all lots. However, parking in front of Terminal 2 has temporarily closed due to construction, and is now located west of Terminal 2, off McCain Road. Parking spaces for the disabled are available in these lots and the airport provides a wheelchair-accessible complimentary shuttle to the terminals. For additional information, call Parking Information at 619.291.2087.
Parking Lot Security
Parking lots are regularly patrolled by airport personnel.
Emergency lockout service and/or towing can be arranged by calling Parking Information at 619.291.2087.
Curbside Drop-Offs, Parking and Pick Up
Curbside parking is never permitted at San Diego International Airport. Curb fronts are reserved for active loading and unloading only, and stopping times should be brief. This policy is in accordance with heightened security measures and is strictly enforced by airport personnel.
Unattended vehicles and vehicles in “No Parking” areas will be ticketed and towed.
When picking up arriving travelers, be aware that parking in front of the terminals is in high demand and can be expected to fill to capacity. Alternatively, those meeting and greeting visitors can park in the airport’s convenient cell phone lot to avoid circling on airport roadways.
Parking Contact Information
For additional questions about Airport parking, please call Parking Information, 24 hours a day at 619.291.2087.
Long Term Parking
The Airport is served by I-5 with connections to State Route 163, I-8 and I-15. The following directions will help you arrive at your designated terminal on time.
Directions Using Public Transportation
The San Diego Trolley and the Coaster commuter train do not stop at the Airport. The only public transit available is the Flyer Route No. 992 , a Metropolitan Transit System bus that travels between the Airport and downtown San Diego, stopping between Terminals 1 & 2 and the Commuter Terminal. The 10-minute bus service to and from downtown connects with Trolley, Coaster and Amtrak stations and is wheelchair accessible.
Airport Shuttle Services
When you park in any of the lots at San Diego International Airport, you’re never far from your gate. That's because the airport has introduced a new fleet of customer-friendly parking shuttles, featuring new amenities and running on compressed natural gas (CNG). These free shuttles loop between the airport’s SAN Park parking lots and the terminals, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Each of our new green, orange and blue parking shuttles feature San Diego–themed graphics to help you remember which shuttle to take. Low floors, kneeling capabilities and wheelchair lifts make getting on and off easier for all passengers.
The shuttles round out the airport’s total fleet of parking shuttles to 24, all running on CNG. These alternative-fuel shuttles will get you from your car to your flight, no matter which convenient SAN Park lot you choose—or what time you need to use it.
The airport also recently unveiled its newly branded Airport Loop shuttle service. Formerly known as the Red Bus, the shuttles provide free, frequent transportation between terminals. The Airport Loop runs seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to help bring you one step closer to your flight.
Shuttle vans and buses operated by off-airport companies are a popular and convenient transportation option. Shuttle service is available at the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside at the Commuter Terminal.
From Terminal 1 you must cross the skybridge, and take either the escalators or the elevators to street level. From Terminal 2, cross the Terminal 2 skybridge and take either the escalators or the elevators to street level, or use the pedestrian crosswalk conveniently located outside the Terminal 2 Baggage Claim Area to access the Transportation Plaza. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available shuttle, unless you specify a particular shuttle company.
Shuttle Company Phone Number
For passengers with disabilities, each shuttle for hire company is required by the airport to have within their fleet ADA compatible vehicles. Subcontracting for this type of service is permissible. Please contact the customer service representative for more information.
For Ground Transportation permit applications click here.
Car rental reservation boards are located near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1 and 2. Use the courtesy phones provided to request shuttle transport to the car rental company of your choice. Please note that using a reservation board is not always necessary. Car rental shuttles regularly operate at the Terminal 1 center traffic aisle and at the traffic island at the far west end of Terminal 2 . If you follow the signage to any of these areas, it is likely that a shuttle will be waiting.
The guide below lists car rental companies frequently used by travelers. Call directly or use the Web links to find the rental company that best suits your needs. Rental policies, services and rates are subject to change and may vary among companies.
Note : If the rental car agency of your choice is not listed, please check with our Volunteer Airport Ambassadors for further information.
Ace Rent a Car 2305 Pacific Hwy. 619.817.8131
Taxi Cab ServicesMany companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi – unless you specify a particular taxicab company.
The guide below lists taxicab companies frequently used by travelers. Call directly or use the Web links to find the taxicab service that best suits your needs. Please refer to a San Diego phone book yellow pages for a complete list of taxicab services.
Name Payment Street Phone
There are a number of public transportation services available to you at any given time when you need to get to and from the Airport.
Amtrak and Coaster
Amtrak Intercity and Coaster commuter trains link communities and travelers from as far away as Los Angeles and Orange Counties to downtown San Diego and coastal North County and, includes stops in Old Town, Sorrento Valley, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside.
Travelers headed to and from San Diego International Airport can connect with Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and the COASTER at Amtrak's Santa Fe Depot train station downtown by using Metropolitan Transit System Route 992, which operates between 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.
Amtrak operates seven days a week, 365 days per year, with twelve round trips. Tickets may be purchased at the Amtrak station.
The Coaster operates Monday-Saturday. There is no Sunday service, and no service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
For additional information on connecting transit, fares, personalized travel planning and disabled services, call 800.COASTER (800.262.7837) or visit www.gonctd.com.
Public transit is available to and from the Airport and downtown San Diego on the Metropolitan Transit System's Route 992, which stops at Terminals 1 and 2 and the Commuter Terminal, and operates between 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays. This frequent bus service connects with Trolley, COASTER and Amtrak stations and is wheelchair accessible.
Planning a trip is easy when you use the MTS Online Trip Planner. For more information on the Metropolitan Transit System, call 619-557-4555 or visit www.sdmts.com.
MTS’ San Diego Trolley is San Diego’s light rail transit network. Its three lines serve many popular areas and attractions, such as Downtown, the Convention Center, SDSU, Old Town, and the Mexican border. The Trolley does not stop at the Airport. However, the Trolley’s Blue and Orange Lines make convenient transfers with MTS Bus Route 992 at America Plaza station.
Many limousine/luxury sedan companies provide service from San Diego International Airport. Please check your local telephone directory for a listing of companies, or visit the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau for a list of service providers.
Be sure to verify with your limousine/luxury sedan provider that the company is licensed to pick up passengers at San Diego International Airport.
Several airlines offer curbside baggage check-in services for departing passengers. Check with your airline to see if it provides this service. If not, you must go to the proper ticket counter to receive your seat assignment and boarding pass, and to check baggage. Please be prepared to show identification at each check-in location, as well as at security checkpoints leading to departure gates.
Follow the baggage claim signs to the carousels centrally located on the ground level of each terminal. The monitors above each carousel will display your airline and flight number. The carousel produces an audible buzz and a flashing light to signal when baggage is being unloaded. Since many pieces of luggage look alike, check all name tags or other identifiers to ensure that you are removing the correct item(s).
Passengers with heavy or large numbers of bags will find baggage cart dispensers conveniently located throughout the Airport. The rental fee is $3.00 per cart. The dispenser accepts currency and credit cards.
If your luggage does not arrive or is damaged, visit the airline's baggage claim office located in the baggage claim area. For additional assistance, directly contact the airline baggage claim office or ticket counter.
Airport club rooms offer travelers a quiet respite from the bustle of crowded public areas. Several major airlines provide these private surroundings where passengers with memberships can relax or work – before, after or between flights.American Airlines Admirals Club
Location: Terminal 2, inside security on the left
Location: Terminal 2, between Gates 37 and 38
Location: Terminal 1, Mezzanine Level
San Diego International Airport is host to one of the nation's largest United Services Organizations (USO) center, providing our military with a "Home Away from Home" welcome respite while traveling. Recently relocated in March 2010, this 5,400-square-foot facility hosts well over 100,000 service members and their families each year. Members of the U.S. military and their families are welcome to enjoy the comforts of one of the nation's largest airport USO Center. The center includes a large lounge with leather recliners, among other amenities, and is located on the ground level of Terminal 1, next to Alaska Airlines.
The center is named after longtime serviceman to the USO, C. Neil Ash. During World War II, Ash was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Pacific. He was recalled to active duty for two years during the Korean War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Ash has been a dedicated supporter of Sailors and Marines in San Diego for many decades, and conceived and led the successful 15-year campaign to open a cutting-edge USO Center at the Airport.
The Center has since been temporarily relocated in Terminal 1, next to Alaska Airlines ticket counter. The USO is expected to remain at Terminal 1 for two to three years. To get to the USO from the Terminal one parking, simply walk across the pedestrian bridge at Terminal 1, take the escalator down to the first floor and turn left until you reach the USO. If you are arriving from a flight, Terminal 2 Baggage claim, travel East (Left), look for the USO signs. If you arrive from terminal 1 baggage claim, travel west (right) look for the USO signs until you reach the USO. The USO is located almost center of both terminals.
The Neil Ash USO Center features the following amenities:
Children's play room