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San Diego International Airport (SAN)

San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Midway District, San Diego
  • Rick G.
    "Great place to catch a flight!"(88 Tips)
    "Commuter terminal is separated from the rest of the airport"(22 Tips)
    "Fantastic free wifi and the seats with electric outlets are genius!"(57 Tips)
    Kimberly C.
    "Wow terminal 2, you're so fancy now."(10 Tips)
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  • Conrad & Jenn R.
    Conrad & Jenn R.March 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • Akjhia H.
    Akjhia HaleyJanuary 31, 2016
    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.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HarmatzJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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
    Upvoted Mar 7
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Susan K.
    Susan KingMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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??
  • 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.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DengSeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the fastest airports, according to data analytics blog Five Thirty Eight, thanks to "relatively good and predictable weather, along with modest air traffic volume." The Counter burger is bomb
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nik S.
    Nik SourisNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Checkout The Counter at Gates 3-10. Amazingly fast, equally good and surprisingly not any more expensive than than regular locations!
  • 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.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezNovember 5, 2016
    Great location. From any midpoint of San Diego you will do 15 mins. Car Rental location is 10 mins away with free buses going around. Small terminals; usually no waiting lines.
  • Donovan
    DonovanApril 30, 2016
    Better directions farther out on the incoming highways would be nice for new people to the area. Great car rental area though.
  • 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!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChenJuly 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Tristan C.
    Tristan CabalarJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to eat the surf and turf fries carne Asada and shrimp) & the California burrito from Lolitas. The best!
  • 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)!
  • La W.
    La WangApril 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Tip the united curbside check-in and they'll put a priority tag on your luggage and overlook minor overages in weight restrictions. It also helps if you smile sweetly.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaMay 27, 2016
    Small airport so easy to navigate. Cross the street in terminal 2 to get in the shuttle to the new rental car center. 10 minutes to center.
  • Hank S.
    Hank SearfusMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Hisham I.
    Hisham IlaianJanuary 6, 2015
    San diego very beautiful, enjoy the weather and the beach. If you need anything to be carried ASAP from point A to point B in San Diego or anywhere in southern California call .
  • 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!
  • Brad P.
    Brad PetersJune 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • 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).
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
    HISTORYApril 20, 2010
    SAN, dedicated in 1928, is also known as Lindbergh Field. San Diego was the city from which Charles Lindbergh began the journey that would become the first solo transatlantic flight.
  • Alex t.
    Alex the TimelordMarch 21, 2014
    Small Airport, but it gets you to and from your destinations! So don't complain, and enjoy the landing right over Balboa Park and downtown!
  • Andre R.
    Andre R.January 14
    Very clean and very friendly airport staff. TSA was very friendly and very efficient. One of the nicest airports I've ever been in.
  • loran j.
    loran jonakOctober 1, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    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!
  • Aliza C.
    Aliza CarpioNovember 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a massage at the spa near gate 25 in terminal 2 and ask for Trisha. Also, try the oxygen machine with your chair massage
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline Cruz MoJanuary 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    LOVE It here! Free wifi and Every seat has a power outlet! And bathrooms are super long so don't have to worry about being stuck in there with the luggage :)
  • Hakeem B.
    Hakeem BilalJune 8, 2012
    This airport rocks because of the beautiful people and weather you are guaranteed to have year round. Oh, and yeah there is free WiFi too.
  • Flytrybe
    FlytrybeOctober 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Quite possibly the better airport I know. Great lounge and uncluttered everything. Security was echoing of emptiness.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite airport! Make sure you get here early as security lines get backed up very quick (especially in the early morning)
  • Susan A.
    Susan Almon-PeschJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pannikin has its yummy baked goods and coffee at the Artisan Cafe Gate 3 - 4 area. Missed getting to Leucadian location - so nice surprise.
  • Jonathan
    JonathanSeptember 18, 2016
    Getting a rental car at this airport is a pain. They shuttle you to a rental car area that is pretty far away and will add significant time to your travel.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • R. Dan R.
    R. Dan R.1 week ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Small enough to be convenient; big enough for good services. Rental car deck is a long shuttle ride away. Allow extra time returning a car!
  • Giuseppe M.
    Giuseppe MalucelliJune 9, 2012
    Welcome to San Diego, the America Finest City! Enjoy your time here to know this amazing city.. Don't forget to go to Blacks Beach to watch the most beautiful sunset all over the world!
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperSeptember 16, 2013
    San Francisco next? Check for a list of places with free Wifi AND power outlets to work from in SF.
  • 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
  • Eric H.
    Eric HarmatzJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
    Upvoted Feb 13
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    Looking for things to do near the airport? Get inspired on DTour plus a chance to win a stay with us. Tip: visit Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco shop minutes from the airport! Read more
  • John C.
    John CApril 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can hold it til you get off the flight, terminal 2's bathrooms are the cleanest and most modern in an airport I have ever seen!
  • Susan K.
    Susan KingMarch 11
    Been here 50+ times
    Beware if you are going out of Terminal 1; Gates 1, 1A & 2 have their own area & do NOT have TSA pre-check! They have 2 scanners & 2 potential lines but I've never seen PRE-check here!
  • John M.
    John McPhersonOctober 8, 2013
    I love their seats at the terminal. USB ports and power outlets at every seat. Incredibly accommodating.
  • Michelle N.
    Michelle NationFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The new coffee place inside security at the southwest terminal is secretly a PANNIKIN (yum!) even though the sign says something else... Shhh!
  • Ted S.
    Ted SinkApril 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They have pet restrooms (with fire hydrant and "grass"!) and a cool LED sculpture which shows bird shadows in flight. Go on a Scavenger Hunt!! It's fun.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton
    DoubleTree by HiltonSeptember 27, 2011
    Long flight? Peanuts are okay, but bringing a filling, healthy snack like almonds or fruit will keep you tied over until your destination. For more travel tips and fun, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • James M.
    James McGeeApril 27, 2014
    Just arriving!? Ruth's Chris is on the bay and is waiting to serve you the best sizzling steaks with the best bay view in town!! See u soon!
  • 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!
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    I was once forced to land here unexpectedly. I had spilled my coffee aboard the pedal powered bi-plane I was piloting. If I was going to make it to Santa Fe by nightfall, I was going to need a refill.
  • Tina C.
    Tina C.April 28, 2013
    If you're in terminal B..healthiest Eating is a Chicken Ceasar Salad and Fruit cup from Starbucks: $15!!! Delicious and Nutritious!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    While parking is under construction, you can take one of many shuttles to alternative lots. Try the commuter terminal lot - it's always empty!
  • Delyn S.
    Delyn SimonsAugust 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Bankers Hill pub in Terminal 1 (Southwest, Alaska, etc) has full liquor license, local craft brews, fun scene.
  • Adam Kadir Ş.
    Friendliest TSA agents and airport personnel! These guys prove you can do your job efficiently and be courteous at the same time.
  • ashish r.
    ashish rastogiJuly 5, 2016
    Vegan veggie burger at The Counter is really good! Real tiny terminal by all standards for a city of this size...
  • :Danielle S.
    :Danielle StrleFebruary 10, 2016
    Phil's BBQ in t2 makes great bloody marys in large size. I also hear nice things about the margaritas.
  • jamie seng t.
    jamie seng tFebruary 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Sad to see that my favorite overnight parking (PCH Economy Lot previously SAN PCH lot) is being replaced by a rental car terminal
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    While under construction it is worth noting that only Terminal 1 at SAN can make LAX look like a palace. Stop at a restaurant or bar before arriving.
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure when flying with checked luggage that you arrive at least 90 minutes prior to you scheduled departure time and if your too early take a break at an Airline's Lounge xx
  • Geoffrey L.
    Geoffrey LongJuly 26, 2011
    As airports go, the San Diego International Airport is pretty civilized. Note: if you're on an Alaskan Airlines flight to Seattle and you're hungry, there's a Chili's before security and a Starbucks, Read more
  • James M.
    James McGeeMay 24, 2011
    Welcome to San Diego!! Make sure and stop by Ruth's Chris Steak House on the bay for a sizzling steak, great service and the best sunset bay view!
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie MichelleJune 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Opt for a QR code boarding passing and get it as a text message. High probability that device (smart phone) is in your hand anyway :-)
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're flying Southwest, make sure you get in the security line as soon as possible. The line gets super long. Don't moss your flight!
  • Rob S.
    Rob ScrippApril 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If your flying out United, don't pass up a Bloody Mary at the Sports Bar next to Gate 14. Best Mary around! Order it spicy. :)
  • Elizabeth G.
    Elizabeth GlickJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Looking for a place to sit? If the bar isn't open, take the seats off the counters. Viola. Seating and a place to work or eat.
  • Frances L.
    Frances LeeAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Flying Southwest? Print your boarding pass at a side kiosk before getting in line. You'll get directed to the shorter, speedier, bag drop-off line. Cuts your waiting time in half!
  • 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.
  • JD L.
    JD LasicaJuly 27, 2013
    Finally, an airport with decent placement of electrical outlets (at the base of the seats) throughout the seating area.
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Sahar A.
    Sahar AhmadSeptember 6, 2012
    Security will let you through to any gate terminal. Make sure you check overhead signs declaring what gates are past your checkpoint! Security lines can be crazy long.
  • Social Business Solutions Group L.
    Bathrooms are right down the hall on the left depending on where you are standing, remember to always tip your dealer and never drink and drive, have a safe trip
    KitchenKonfidence.comDecember 23, 2010
    Welcome to San Diego! Looking for a good cocktail after a long flight? Check out the cocktail section on for some local SD cocktail reviews and suggestions.
  • 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.
  • kenyatta c.
    kenyatta cheeseJuly 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If there's a ridiculously long security line for Terminal 2 gates 35-41, walk to the security checkpoint on the east side of the terminal. It is almost always shorter.
  • Darla A.
    Darla AcheyApril 23, 2013
    Don't forget, United to Newark or Houston is in Terminal 2! If you get out at the first United stop, its a long walk to the next terminal when you're carrying luggage!
  • Sandy B.
    Sandy BlumbergDecember 12, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The new Term, 2 is soups pretty and much larger. Thus far security lines have remained short, even in the morning.
  • Allyson ⚡.
    Allyson ⚡March 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wi-fi, though it's a little bit slow. The food at Brioche Dorée is expensive but really delicious. Treat yo'self.
  • Paulo M.
    Paulo MandalerisNovember 9, 2013
    The volunteers in information points are the best, you are very helpfull and kind guys, thanks for your help
  • Karma O.
    Karma OviquioJanuary 24, 2011
    Ok, I've come, I've seen I've conquered. Love it here but couldn't see myself living here. People are so "Not Neighborly" unless you play volleyball or Frisbee. I'll be back love the weather!
  • Val G.
    Val GriffethNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Terminal 2 is looking hot. New stores for Pannikan coffee, Phil's BBQ (gate 38) and Stone Brewing (by the east security gate).
  • Susan K.
    Susan KingMarch 7, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Commuter terminal is CLOSED! All flights from T1 & 2. May put cafeteria in the old commuter terminal. Also new rental car facility is open (on Pacific Hwy).
  • Joe J.
    Joe JoffeAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to get a spot in the cell phone lot near the entrance - if you get to the end, getting back in is a big pain
  • Melodie T.
    Melodie TaoApril 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure to enjoy some TCBY frozen yogurt. To my knowledge it's the only place in San Diego to get it.
  • Carmen
    CarmenNovember 11, 2015
    Didn't see any signs for shuttles to rental car companies inside the airport. Followed signs to ground transportation and once outside saw directions to the island where rental car shuttles stop.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraNovember 16, 2014
    Great airport with a freaking awesome view of the ocean and you'll fall in love with this place
  • Oco
    OcoMarch 25, 2015
    If you flight has connections be aware that you will aboard in the commute terminal despite your airline main location in terminals. Airport buses are very helpful ;)
  • Abigail E.
    Abigail EMay 12, 2011
    If the sign stating the parking lot is full, it is FULL! come early or if your picking someone up, pick them up curb side!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HazzardApril 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • Rich
    RichSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    International arrivals come in between Terminal 1 & 2. You can easily walk to either one, depending on where you need to be.
  • 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.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaApril 3, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Apply for Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check and you'll breeze right through security!
  • Osh L.
    Osh LovestMarch 16
    Nice clean bathrooms with big vanity mirrors. One of the best airports !
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PedroDecember 2, 2013
    Wi Fi abierto. Hamburguesas ricas en Stackshack. Libros. Contactos para cargar compus y teléfonos. Y próximamente un Jack in the box. Sólo falta un outlet.
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