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San Diego

Travelers who seek cheap flights to San Diego have many options of flying into the San Diego-Lindbergh Field Airport (SAN). This airport is sometimes referred to as “Lindbergh.” It is located within the city, northwest of the central business district, and is operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. There are three terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Commuter Terminal.

There is also the Tijuana International Airport just over the border in Mexico, and it offers flights to many places that the San Diego-Lindbergh Airport does not. There is complimentary shuttle service from San Diego to this airport.

San Diego-Lindbergh Field Airport (SAN) Information

The San Diego-Lindbergh Field Airport (SAN) has several amenities for passengers, including text telephones, public art, lounges, airport ambassadors, visual paging, traveler information, lost and found, eateries and shops. This airport has taken a pledge of sustainability, and efforts have been attempted to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Airlines That Fly Into San Diego

The San Diego-Lindbergh Field Airport (SAN) holds the record for busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the US, and second busiest in the world. Because this airport is located in a populated area and not on the outskirts, planes can only depart from it during certain hours, between 6:30 AM-11:30 PM. Arrivals can take place 24 hours a day, however. The vast majority of flights out of this airport are domestic. Some major airlines that operate out of the San Diego-Lindbergh Field Airport include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.

San Diego Transit Information

Distance to city: 3 miles

Bus to city

Train to city

  • Not available directly from the airport. See “Bus to city.”

Taxi to city

  • Fare: $15 approximately
  • Passengers looking for taxis should simply follow signs that lead to Transportation Plazas. Several different taxi companies serve the airport.

Other options

  • There are a few shuttle buses that operate out of the airport, from each terminal.

Car Rental Companies at San Diego-Lindbergh Field Airport

The car rental companies have offices located by the baggage claim areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. You can then take a shuttle bus to get the car from the Terminal 1 center traffic aisle, and the traffic island of the far west end of Terminal 2.