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.
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.
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
Cab: A cab ride to downtown can cost $9 to $14. Several local cab companies accept major credit cards.
Bus: The Flyer runs between the airport and downtown from Terminals 1 and 2. The fare is $2.25.
Shuttle: Several companies offer shuttle service at the airport. Cloud 9 Shuttle services La Jolla for about $29 and Coronado for about $22.
Train: Take San Diego Transit bus No. 992 to the Santa Fe Depot to catch Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner or the Coaster train, which serves communities between downtown San Diego and coastal North County every day but Sunday. Validated Coaster tickets can be used for a free transfer. Buses run every 10 minutes for much of the day, and the approximate travel time is 10 minutes.
Cruise passengers: Cruise ship representatives are available in the arrivals area of the Commuter Terminal to help people find transportation to the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.
Advantage, Alamo, Autorent, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Pacific, Payless, Rent4Less, Thrifty and West Coast serve the airport.
GETTING AROUND THE AIRPORT
Lost and found: Located on the first floor of Terminal 2's baggage claim. Call (619) 400-2140.
Traveler aid: Volunteers help with directions, lost luggage and other travel-related matters at kiosks near baggage claim in terminals 1 and 2.
Wi-Fi: The airport plans to have free wireless Internet service available throughout the airport by the end of the summer.
Pets: The airport's new 475-square-foot, wheelchair-accessible, ADA-compliant Service Animal and Pet Relief Area is between terminals 1 and 2.