San Diego International Airport Information and Review

San Diego International Airport is located northwest of the Downtown San Diego, California in U.S. The airport carries international as well as domestic traffic of 50, 0000 passengers each day. It’s the busiest single runway airport in the U.S.

San Diego International Airport serves the Greater San Diego and is the major hub for Alaska, Southwest, American, Delta, and United Airline.

Essential information about the San Diego International Airport Information  is mentioned below:

Terminal Information:


It has two terminals i.e Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Terminals Gate Information
Terminal 1 Total 19 gates,

East Terminal: 1A, 1, 2 to 10

West Terminal: 11 to 18

Terminal 2 Total 32 gates,

East Part: gate 20 to 51

West Part: gate 45 to 51


Airport Facilities:


Information Desk: For any query, you need an information desk. There are volunteers which can be found anywhere in the green polo t-shirts with “AIRPORT INFORMATION” written on their back. Also, near the baggage claim area of both terminals information centers are located.

Bicycle Lockers: At this airport, there are free bicycle lockers available. There are two lockers each with the capacity of four. To keep the bicycle you need to deposit the $25 deposit for security that is refundable.

Lactation Room: Post security there are three lactating rooms. Locations are Terminal 1-second level, Terminal 1 ground level, and Terminal 2 second level.

Wi-Fi: At this airport, you can use the free wi-fi facility for two hours.

ATM: There are a lot of ATMs available at the airport:


Terminal Location
Terminal 1 Gates 1, 2, lobby, near gate 5, and near gate 13.
Terminal 2 Gates 20-32 first level & past checkpoint, Gates 33-51 near carousel 4, near gate 36, and underneath escalator.


Currency Exchange: At terminal 2, there are the currency exchange kiosks by Travelex near gate 22 and in baggage claim across the carousel.

Food and Beverages: You can go to Ryan Bro’s Coffee at Terminal 1 near ticketing area and Einstein Bros. Bagels in Terminal 2 landside. Both are opened 24 hours for visitors. Even the vending machines are available at the airport. Also, there is variety of locally-owned and nationally known eateries variety for travelers.

Baggage Cart Facility: For international passengers, there is a luggage cart available for free. You can find them nearby the baggage claim area in Terminal 2. But, there is no facility for the storage of luggage so be prepared.

Duty-Free Shopping: At terminal 2 near the gate 20-21 shops are available for duty-free purchase where you can find anything you want to buy.

Airport Lounge:


Lounge Name Location Lounge Access
Airspace Lounge In between Terminal 2 west and east security Pay at the door
American Airlines Admirals Club Terminal 2 before gate 23 Pay at the door
United Club Terminal 1 near departure gate Pay at the door with proof of United ticket


Airport Hotels:


Hotel Name Location
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina 5 minute to airport
Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport – Old Town 5 minute to airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites San Diego Old Town / Airport 4 minute to airport


Transportation Facility: The transport facility to and from the airport available is mentioned below:

Bus: The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus route 992 is the way that links the airport to San Diego.

Car Rental: You can also hire a car on rent for transport to from the airport. Various car rental service providers at the airport are A1 Rent A Car, Airport Van Rental, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Economy Rent A Car, Enterprise, Firefly, Fox, Hertz, Midway Rent A Car, and many more.

Customer Reviews:


Anatoli Naoumov (Canada) 24th June 2015

Went through security in under 10 minutes. Many outlets to charge my phone. Variety of food to take on board. Clean, well ventilated. Plenty of seats.

Mark Kemper (United States) 5th January 2015

This airport has really stepped up its game in recent times with the upgrade. I have traveled through more than 300 airports and this one ranks as one of the more aesthetically appealing I have seen at least in the US. I recall on my first visits in the 90s and early 2000s when the terminal felt very cramped. The hallways were narrow and people were sitting in the aisles because there was not enough room in the gate area. That has changed drastically for the better. The airport is what I would call medium-sized and therefore is quite manageable. Upon our arrival it was late and the airport was not crowded. We were nonetheless struck by the improvements in appearance. The walk to the baggage claim was not bad at all. We did have to wait a rather long time for our luggage and that was probably the biggest negative we experienced. Otherwise everything was smooth. We found our way out to the taxi area without too much difficulty though the directions were not as well marked from our end of the terminal. There were plenty of taxis waiting and we had no problem getting one right away. 

James Harthworth (United Kingdom) 1st September 2014

Took a flight from London to San Diego. The airport is wonderful very clean and modern and the views of palm tree the bay and skyline from the moment one steps off of the plane (new T2) is a real treat. The immigration and customs area was smaller than expected but I hear they are working on expanding this as part of the general airport expansion plans. Staff is courteous efficient and friendly. The airport is conveniently located minutes from downtown and probably has one of the nicest physical locations of an international airport I’ve visited – it is surrounded by water and is right across (literally walking distance) from the bay with its resort hotels manicured promenades and huge marinas filled with pleasure boats.

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