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San Diego airport car hire

Airport Code: SAN

The car rental reservation boards in San Diego International Airport are located near the baggage claim area in both Terminals 1 and 2.  There you can use the courtesy phones provided to request shuttle transportation to the car rental providers of your choice.  Car rental shuttles can also be found in regular intervals at the Terminal 1 center traffic aisle and the traffic island at the far west end of Terminal 2.

The following car rental agencies service the San Diego Airport:

  • A1 Rent A Car
  • Ace Rent A Car
  • Advangate Rent A Car
  • Alamo Car Rental
  • Avis Car Hire
  • Budget Rent A Car
  • Dollar Car Hire
  • Enterprise Car Rental
  • Fox Rent A Car
  • Hertz Rent A Car
  • Midway Car Rental
  • National Car Rental
  • Pacific Car Hire
  • Payless Car Rental 
  • Thrifty Car Rental
  • Travcar Car Rental

Additional Airport Information

Airport Name: San Diego International Airport

Airport Code: SAN

Telephone: 619.400.2404

Distance: San Diego Airport || 3 Miles / 4.8 km / 10 minutes by rental car from Downtown San Diego

Address: 3225 North Harbor Drive San Diego, California 92101

Population: 1,301,617



The beaches of San Diego are inviting for many activities such as sailing, boating, whale watching, scuba diving, and more, but the most popular thing to do here is surf.  You can find several surf schools throughout the San Diego area and everything you need to get out and catch a wave.  Check out the beach towns of La Jolla, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Ocean Beach by cheap San Diego car rental.

San Diego Car Hire

San Diego Zoo

Hailed by many as the greatest Zoo in North America, the San Diego Zoo offers visitors a number of unique experiences.  Children of all ages, especially those that love animals, will have a blast there exploring more than 100 acres of animal habitats.  The San Diego Zoo houses several rare and endangered species, hosts a variety of animal shows throughout the day, and offers hours of entertainment during your tour of San Diego by car hire.

The Point Loma Lighthouse

Set in the opportune bit of Point Loma coast in San Diego, the Point Loma Lighthouse offers fantastic 360º views.  The site is significant in San Diego for the Cabrillo National Monument commemoration.  Looking out over downtown San Diego, the Coronado Bridge over the waters, and backed by scenic California mountains, the Point Loma Lighthouse is the best place to take your group during your tour of San Diego by car rental for a views of the area.

Day Trips

Temecula Wine Country

Enjoy the scenic drive an hour north of San Diego by car rental to California's beautiful Temeula Wine Country. The area features around thirty wineries, several of which offer tastings. Complete the trip with some shopping or outdoor activities at the mountain resort Idyllwild in California's alpine forest.


One of the best tourist cities in Mexico sits just across the border from San Diego by car rental.  For many tourists San Diego is just a stop on the way to Mexico, but you can easily add a day trip to Tijuana by car rental to your tour visit to San Diego.  Boasting a flourishing middle class, Tijuana is one of the wealthiest cities in Mexico, hence there are more than a few excellent places to go shopping and pick up great souvenirs on your day trip.

Swim With Sealions

Take a day trip to Mexico's Coronados Islands where the sea lions await your arrival.  These friendly creatures love checking out humans and are always up for a playful swim.  Several tour guides offer boat trips from the San Diego coast to the Coronados Islands for scuba diving.  As the islands are more cold water diving the visibility is not as good as the waters around the San Diego coast.


Little Italy Inn

505 West Grape Street

(619) 230-1600

William Penn Hotel

511 F Street 

619 231-1500

Airlines Providing Airport Services to San Diego International Airport

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • United Express
  • US Airways
  • Virgin America
  • Volaris
  • WestJet

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