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San Diego International Airport (SAN)

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Midway District, San Diego
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  • Rick G.
    "Great place to catch a flight!"(88 Tips)
    JD
    "Commuter terminal is separated from the rest of the airport"(23 Tips)
    Corrie
    "Fantastic free wifi and the seats with electric outlets are genius!"(60 Tips)
    Kimberly C.
    "Wow terminal 2, you're so fancy now."(10 Tips)
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  • PCL Construction
    PCL ConstructionJanuary 8, 2013
    The 445,000 sqft expansion of Terminal 2 will accommodate 10 new gates and expanded concession space. This new area will feature a 300-foot-long, 2.5-story, glass-enclosed hall called Sunset Cove. Read more
    Upvoted 15 hours ago
  • Conrad & Jenn R.
    Conrad & Jenn R.March 22, 2015
    Departures: sit on the right for views of the bay and beaches after flying over Liberty Station. Arrivals: sit on the left for views of Coronado bridge, Petco Park, and the downtown skyline.
    Upvoted Jun 19
  • mrJR
    mrJRNovember 12, 2014
    Skip the terminal waiting nonsense (Terminal 1, at least) and enjoy the (relative) peace of the seating just past security screening but before the escalators. Plus, outlets galore (okay, like two)!
    Upvoted Jun 6
  • Silvestre A.
    Silvestre AcedilloSeptember 22, 2013
    Be aware that rental cars have been moved to a different place and is actually further away from the airport. So don't have any appointments, if you are on a business trip, that is too time critical.
  • Akjhia H.
    Akjhia HaleyJanuary 31
    Such a big airport. So clean and the attention to the client is good too. I like to see all the people that take a flight here, such diversity from all around the world.
  • San Diego Architectural Foundation
    The Certified LEED® Gold Green Build Terminal 2 at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field is both atypical and progressive with a glass curtain wall that provides a stunning view of the runway and of the city.
  • Marco D.
    Marco DelgadoMarch 31, 2015
    Try the grilled Asian chicken sandwich at the restaurant/bar Stone brewing co. The security guard recommended it as the best sandwich in the airport and it really was astonishingly good. Thumbs up
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    Visit Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop, a Mexican-wrestling-themed shop that features frenchfry-filled concoctions of deliciousness. It’s located minutes from the SD Airport at 1810 Washington Street.
    Upvoted May 27
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysOctober 5, 2015
    When in San Diego, Mission Beach is a great place to experience the famed Californian beaches! Get a quick tan while you soak up the sun and relax with a pleasant walk along the beach.
  • Christine C.
    Christine ChungSeptember 4, 2013
    All LAX-bound flights leave from the Commuter Terminal (not Terminal 1 or 2). Free shuttle that loops around in case you missed that little detail, like me... It's bright red. Can't miss it.
  • Susan K.
    Susan KingMarch 17, 2015
    Gotta love it - traveling 5 weeks out of 6! See it Coming & going! Could use more seating in the Southwest terminal (#1), but I still like Southwest's attitude & appreciation for their customers!
  • Diana P.
    Diana PJuly 1, 2013
    Make sure to visit Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop, a Mexican-wrestling-themed shop that features the Surfin' California Burrito, a steak, shrimp and frenchfry-filled concoction of deliciousness.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HarmatzJuly 11, 2012
    Have some time to kill if you are waiting for ground transportation? Liberty Station is only a 20 minute stroll away! There you can enjoy scenic views and multiple dining options. Harbor Dr -> Laning
  • Jipsta
    JipstaSeptember 7, 2014
    Following a complete renovation, this airport terminal is the most modern, tech-filled, and efficient I've been to in a very long time! The designers should be hired to renovate Newark airport!
  • loran j.
    loran jonakOctober 1, 2014
    You don't need to get there early if your at terminal 1, the eats and drinks are lame until they finish the upgrades in 2015 but if you're at T2 you need time for Stone Brewery!
  • Brad P.
    Brad PetersJune 21, 2013
    They halved the size of the Pacific Highway lot so now it's always full and they have an excuse to send you to the new Harbor Drive lot, which will cost you the princely sum of $18/day.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 14, 2014
    Welcome to San Deigo! Although this airport is ranked as one of the most dangerous for pilots, I've never had or heard about a problem. The recent expansion has made this a very nice airport. Enjoy!
  • Dylan T.
    Dylan TaylorJune 19, 2014
    Fun Fact: The San Diego Airport is one of the hardest airports to land in, due to it's unique location right outside the Downtown city center.
  • Jakob S.
    Jakob SchimpfJuly 25, 2010
    Bring your own food. Remember - pre-make your sandwiches! Peanut butter jars, mustard, mayo and yogurt are subject to the liquids & gels policy and security will confiscate & dispose of these foods
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChenJuly 16, 2012
    Check your carry-on bag for free at the gate. Airlines like Alaska and Virgin America also let you board sooner if you only need the space underneath the seat in front of you for your personal items.
  • Christina W.
    Christina WilsonJune 20, 2013
    The US Air crew that's here (gate 34, flight 16) today is srsly unorganized & inefficient. The only competent & helpful employees from US Air work at the bagcheck on the curb (Bernardo specifically).
  • Hank S.
    Hank SearfusMarch 13, 2013
    In terminal 2, security is quickest in the am. Terminal 1 can often be the opposite. Staff are often very friendly unless you're rude to them. Lots of Starbucks and they're building another one in T2.
  • Nikolas F.
    Nikolas FlorosDecember 17, 2014
    One of the nicest airports I've been in in a long while. The renovations have made it a beautiful space and the art/science installations are gorgeous and well done.
  • Alexander W.
    Alexander WolffAugust 4, 2012
    Be sure to check your bag if it's even remotely over carry-on size. I hadn't had to check a certain bag anywhere in the world until here and the lady was nasty and made me wait in more lines. Not cool
  • Sibyl L.
    Sibyl LindsayJune 24, 2010
    If you are stuck for the day there are two sky clubs, Delta and American. Both are $50 a day but go with Delta. Longer hours, friendly service, and 50% if you have certain Amex Cards.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DApril 22, 2013
    The new terminal 2 is nice but be warned as it's still under construction: No United Club yet. Limited vendors. Not a lot of power outlets and wifi seems slow. But should be nice when it's done...
  • Sean S.
    Sean SeamanSeptember 27, 2012
    If you are flying Southwest, you are in a long line to get through security, and you are going to miss your flight... let the security personnel know and they will move you to the front of the line.
  • James J.
    James JacksonSeptember 5, 2012
    Oh TSA ... here's a tip for you. Your security procedures are horribly inefficient at every airport that you use random scan selection. Let us choose which lane to go through ourselves and less grope.
  • Christian H.
    T2 is going through a remodel. They mapped out the worst ways to do a remodel and pushed 'GO'. Security is long, Starbucks line is literally 30 people long. one food vendor for 27 gates.
  • Victor B.
    Victor BozhenkoApril 11, 2011
    Now I got it! The reason their Wi-Fi is free is that by the time you're through security, you don't have no time for Internet! Can't use it anyway! Unless you finally missed your flight!
  • Hank S.
    Hank SearfusMarch 13, 2013
    Terminal 2 is where it's at. Beautiful and clean, it is undergoing construction to max out capacity at SAN and offer better international flights, such as Tokyo and London.
  • Lach T.
    Lach TaylorOctober 3, 2013
    This facility is outdated, but at least I found electrical outlets near some seats at Gate 24. A few years ago, I sat on the floor with other travelers around the only outlet for 3 gates.
  • Dominic R.
    Dominic RiosApril 4, 2015
    Terminal 2 is exquisite and Terminal 1 is being remodeled with nice amenities. The free WiFi is below average though: difficult to log-in, slow speeds, and boots you after 30 min.
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LMay 2, 2011
    Food options in the terminal are pretty sparse. Eat before you get to the airport! Also while terminal 2 is under construction the security lines can get pretty long so get here early.
  • Mary A.
    Mary AustinAugust 4, 2012
    Why is this city so delusional about the idea of a bigger airport? It's one thing to wait forever to go through security but something completely different when you don't have room for the line.
  • Jillana B.
    Jillana BJanuary 12, 2014
    The rental car shuttle waiting areas are a mess. No signs to alert which part of curb a particular company will park. So even if you were waiting the longest you may not get a place on shuttle #1.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SelinskySeptember 14, 2013
    Amazing shopping at new terminal & great cafes! If you are stuck! No worries! SD airport will have you covered! Cute shop! #apricotlane LIKE MY NEW BANGELS??
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HurtekantFebruary 25, 2012
    I've been through this airport many times, very nice, clean, personnel very helpful. There is a multitude of fun things to do in & around San Diego. A must see destination!
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    Some airlines are more likely to bump passengers from flights than others. You have the best shot at staying on the plane with JetBlue, Hawaiian and Delta. American Eagle has the highest bump rate.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DNovember 20, 2013
    In terminal 1, get food at The Counter, but drink at Bankers Hill Bar. Although Bankers Hill restaurant is amazing, the airport version is not so great when it comes to food.
  • Rob C.
    Rob CurullaMarch 21, 2012
    If Terminal 1 parking is full, enter the lot anyway, drive to the pay station at the bottom of the escalator, and offer to drive an arriving traveller to their car. Like a boss.
  • Jason H.
    Jason HazzardApril 5, 2011
    Commuter terminal blows...get here early to avoid long lines for all the short flights leaving here. You ll almost spend more time to check in and take your flight than just to drive...enjoy
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 21, 2013
    When flying internationally out of SAN it is best to arrive at least three hours prior to scheduled departure time due to the lack of knowledge of some station agents on passport protocol
  • Eric H.
    Eric HarmatzJuly 19, 2012
    Take your assigned seat as quickly as possible and step out of the aisle to stow your bag. If you are flying Southwest, just pick any seat and sit down, it's not that difficult.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SoohooMay 23, 2013
    For Terminal 2, use the security line near Virgin America. The far one near United is usually way too long and filled with international travelers. Both lines go to all gates in Terminal 2.
  • Kathy G.
    Kathy GodwinMay 5, 2013
    If you are flying out of gates 1 or 2, it's a separate security check (even if you're just connecting). Very limited food selection in gate areas. Needs a serious update to facilities.
  • Nik S.
    Nik SourisNovember 2, 2013
    Checkout The Counter at Gates 3-10. Amazingly fast, equally good and surprisingly not any more expensive than than regular locations!
  • christine m.
    christine morrisonDecember 5, 2012
    They moved the Starbucks from inside the southwest terminal to where the check-in is and replaced it with some crappy airport "cafe."IOW if you want Starbucks you have to drink it before tsa now.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HawkinsJanuary 21, 2013
    Do not get coffee for anywhere but Starbucks. Not a Starbucks fan, but I ordered coffee from one of the "restaurants" took a sip, paid for it & left it on the table. It was undrinkable.
  • samir b.
    samir bhavnaniMay 23, 2010
    If you are terminal 2 for a morning flight arrive early. Security line is a disorganized mess. Terminal 1 more orderly. Either way both terminals get backed up and 30 minute security lines are common.
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