San Diego International Airport (SAN)
San Diego International Airport (SAN), also known as Lindbergh Field, is located three miles northwest of Downtown San Diego. The Airport is served by I-5 with connections to State Route 163, I-8 and I-15.
Terminals 1 and 2 serve major airlines and are situated close to Transportation Plaza, where you can find all ground transportation including taxis and shuttle vans.
A taxi ride to the city center usually takes 10-15 minutes. If you prefer public transport, look for the red and blue-striped buses.
Address: 3225 North Harbor Drive - San Diego, CA
Phone: +1 619 400 2404
Passport / Visa
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Best Time to Visit
Although the sun is known to always shine over the Golden State, the best times recommended to visit San Diego would be from March to May, and from September to October, when you can expect great weather and moderate rates. Watch out for the cloudy skies in May.
Summertime is always recommended for hot temperatures and countless events taking place around the city. However, hotel fares are more expensive. Be aware of the gray skies in June.
For best hotel rates, winter months are the best option. Even though the winter in San Diego is far from freezing, expect rain showers and water a tad too cold for swimming.
San Diego’s bright-orange trolleys are great for exploring the city and operate from about 5h - 24h, seven days a week. Fares are based on trip distance. San Diego Transit also provides local bus services throughout the county. Most buses have bike racks, making it easy to pedal around the city.
For most visitors, driving in Southern California is an adventure, but it can also be stressful. Make things easy on yourself by avoiding the freeway during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6h - 8h30 and 15h30 - 18h)
Downtown San Diego is pretty simple to navigate, and finding on-street parking can be easy. Just remember to feed your parking meters.
Taxis are easily available at shopping malls, hotels and the airport. Other options for lower fares are the rideshare companies Uber and Lyft. Any questions about the flat rate, call the following numbers:
Airport Yellow Cab of San Diego
Phone: +1 619 234 6161
Phone: +1 619 223 5555
San Diego Cab
Phone: +1 619 226 8294
You can buy stamps at many newsagents or at the post office. Official United States Postal Services (USPS) mailboxes are usually blue steel containers on city sidewalks. Many post offices or private mail companies like UPS or FedEx are open from 8h - 17h.
Address: 3911 Cleveland Avenue - San Diego, CA
Phone: +1 619 295 5091
In San Diego, many pharmacies are open 24 hours. Some are even drive-through. To locate a store near you, contact a national drugstore chain such as Rite Aid or CVS/pharmacy.
Phone: +1 800 748 3243
Phone: +1 800 746 7287
Country code: +1
619 - Southern half of San Diego metro, including downtown San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, Santee, La Mesa
858 - Northern half of San Diego metro, including La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Clairemont, Del Mar, Poway
442, 760 - Northern and western parts of San Diego, including Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Ramona
US electrical power is 110V/60 cycles AC with two flat parallel prongs.