While a majority of people fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN) - also known as Lindbergh Field - which is San Diego’s main airport just northwest of downtown, a lot of international visitors also come through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and then make the drive South to San Diego, which is typically around two hours or longer depending on traffic.
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
3225 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 400-2404
Although flying into San Diego is the most convenient way to kick off your visit, another option, which tends to carry cheaper flights, is for visitors coming from Mexico or Latin America and flying in to Rodriguez Tijuana Airport (TIJ) and then driving across the border to San Diego. Keep in mind, there are normally extremely long waits crossing the border from Tijuana to San Diego. Please plan adequate time if you are choosing this option. You can also opt to walk across the border via the custom inspection points, which are generally much quicker than driving.
Directions from Los Angeles International Airport - Approx. 2-2.5 hours depending on traffic.
Directions from San Francisco International Airport - 7.5-8 hours depending on traffic.
Directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport - Approx. 5-5.5 hours.
Directions from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport - Approx. 5.5 hours depending on traffic.
Directions from Tijuana International Airport, Mexico - 40mins-4+ hours depending on border crossing wait times.
Greyhound is the most reliable form of bus transportation for getting to San Diego from further distances. The prices are fairly inexpensive as well! One-way routes into San Diego from major cities and surrounding states typically have 3-5 departures per day.
Getting to San Diego by train is a great option for those who want to enjoy the scenery while traveling to the West Coast or for those who prefer not to fly. Depending on where you are traveling from and the time of year, ticket fares can usually cost less than airfare or about the same. If you want to upgrade to a Superliner Roomette on the train, it will not be cheap, but definitely worth the convenience and comfort.
Check the Amtrak routes, schedules, and fares to start your journey.
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