How to Get There

The San Diego International Airport is managed by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.


San Diego International Airport officials are advising travelers of significant impacts to traffic and parking in front of Terminal 1 due to construction work on a brand-new terminal. The impacts are expected to continue through the end of 2024.


Travelers can now plug into a convenient (and free!) new link between the airport and regional transit: The San Diego Flyer, an electric shuttle-bus service. The Flyer operates seven days a week between the airport and the Old Town Transit Center, where travelers can connect to the San Diego Trolley, MTS bus lines and Coaster and Amtrak trains. Shuttle trips are timed to meet the first and last trolleys, trains and buses of the day, with initial pickup at 4:45 a.m. and final pickup/drop off at 12:30 a.m. The buses stop at both main airport terminals as well as the Old Town center, arriving every 20 to 30 minutes. Look for the shuttle with the light orange sides adorned with airplane icons and the word “Flyer.” Visit the airport's San Diego Flyer page for more information.


A taxi or shuttle is a quick and easy way to get to your destination. They can be found at the Transportation Plazas outside of each terminal.

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The airport is served by all major car rental agencies. Free dedicated rental car shuttle buses run continually to ferry customers between the airport terminals and the Rental Car Center.

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As an alternative to the free Airport Flyer shuttle service, Bus Route 992 (operated by the Metropolitan Transit System) takes riders to and from Downtown's Santa Fe Depot, another key transit hub. The bus line offers curbside drop-off/pickup outside baggage claim in both terminals 1 and 2, and operates seven days a week, early morning to late night. Equipped with luggage racks, Route 992 runs every 15 minutes on weekdays for most of the day. Download the new PRONTO app on your mobile device or pick up a PRONTO card and load funds instantly to pay for your ride. (Cash is also accepted for one-way bus rides, but only PRONTO offers unlimited two-hour transfers.)

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The easiest way to access multiple lines of the San Diego Trolley is by taking the free San Diego Airport Flyer shuttle to the Old Town Transit Center (see above). Alternatively, passengers can access the Sycuan Green Line of the trolley by taking the free rental car shuttle from the Transportation Plaza outside of each terminal. When the driver is notified, the shuttle drops passengers one block from the Middletown Station. Passengers can then cross Pacific Highway and walk a block northeast on West Palm Street to the station on the left.

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