OVERVIEW

San Diego International Airport is sandwiched between the waterfront and downtown -- so travelers tend to get a startlingly close view of the city's skyscrapers and Interstate 5 when flying into town.

DRIVING

San Diego International is just three miles from downtown. If you plan to drive, getting around is surprisingly easy, especially since the airport is adjacent to Interstate 5.

Passenger pick up:  A free cell phone waiting lot is available. Drivers can park temporarily, at no charge, in the 50-space lot, which is open around the clock. The maximum wait is 60 minutes, and vehicles must be attended.

PARKING

Cheapest: Off-site parking options include the airport's SAN Park Pacific Highway lot, at $10 per day. Other long-term parking lots -- SAN Park Harbor Drive and SAN Park NTC -- cost $12 per day. All offer free shuttle service.

Most convenient: Parking adjacent to the terminals is $1 for the first hour, $7 for four hours, and $18 for the first 24 hours; then $24 for each additional day.

More parking information: (619) 291-2087

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Cab: A cab ride to downtown can cost $9 to $14. Several local cab companies accept major credit cards.

Bus: