Car rental - San Diego, San Diego Airport (SAN)

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Economy
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$38.00 / per day
Intermediate
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
National
$42.00 / per day
Compact
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Europcar
$48.00 / per day
Standard
Toyota Corolla or similar
Toyota Corolla
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$54.00 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Full-size
VW Jetta or similar
VW Jetta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
MEX RENT A CAR
$64.00 / per day
Premium
Mercedes-Benz CLA or similar
Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$60.00 / per day
Minivan
Dodge Grand Caravan or similar
Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 7x
  • 3x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Alamo
$65.00 / per day
Luxury
Mercedes-Benz C-Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
SIXT
$73.00 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Airport Car Rental

Get your rental car at San Diego Airport! Then head to the city to explore neighborhoods like Hillcrest, Balboa Park, and hilly seaside La Jolla. And drive to the Mission Valley—this is where the Spanish established their first settlement in California.

In Ocean Beach, enjoy excellent food and music and the laidback atmosphere. It’s the place for water sports too—scuba diving, surfing, kayaking. And make sure you drive to the San Diego Zoo where animals are free to roam large areas similar to their natural habitats. Up for something more active? Check out one of the rock climbing or hiking routes just outside the city.

San Diego’s a great destination, but the surrounding region has even more to offer. With a longer term car rental you can drive up the coast to L.A. and San Francisco, head to Arizona, or cross the Mexican border to go to Tijuana and even farther south. Picking up your car at San Diego Airport and drop it off in a different city is easy. Start planning your adventure now!

San Diego Airport is also known as Lindbergh Field.

Top international routes

  • San Francisco
  • Denver
  • Phoenix
  • Seattle/Tacoma
  • Las Vegas
  • Atlanta

Main airlines

Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue Airways

Terminals

There are two passenger terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Each is divided into two sections, East and West. There are shuttle buses and vans that can take you from one terminal to other.

Location

The airport is just 3 miles (4.8 km) north of downtown San Diego. Harbor Drive is the main street that connects San Diego Airport to the city.

Top car rental companies

National, Alamo, SIXT, ACE Rent a Car, MEX, and GreenMotion

Car rental desks

Most are located in the Car Rental Center close by, and the airport runs a 24/7 shuttle service between the parking lots and terminals.

Services and Facilities

You’ll find many bars and dining opportunities, shops and stores, lounges, relaxation services, a spa, and three lactation rooms for new mothers. There are also ATMs, a currency exchange, and a lost and found office. Luggage carts can be found on the upper level of Terminal 2, near entrance doors. San Diego Airport offers help to passengers with reduced mobility, but you should contact your airline in advance if this is needed. You can find more information on the airport's official website.

Nearest gas station

Shell gas station is located right next to the airport, at 2521 Pacific Highway. It can be reached in about five minutes and is open 24/7. There are many other gas stations nearby.

Popular one-way rentals

  • Los Angeles (125 mi / 201 km)
  • San Francisco (525 mi / 845 km)
  • Las Vegas (334 mi / 537 km)
  • Phoenix (358 mi / 576 km)
  • Seattle (1,256 mi / 2,021 km)
  • Palm Springs (142 mi / 228 mi)

Travel information

Language
English
Currency
USD
Country code
1
Average car rental length
6 days
Economy car rental price
$43.30 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
72 - 120 km/h
45 - 75 mi/h
Speed limit within town
40 - 120 km/h
25 - 75 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Airport info

Rating
8.1
  • Getting to the airport 7.1
  • Departure and check-in 8.0
  • Terminal facilities 6.3
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 5.4
  • Restaurants and car rental services 5.6
  • Lounge 4.4

San Diego Airport (SAN)

  • IATA: SAN
  • Airport name: San Diego Airport (SAN)
  • Airport type:
  • Airport Size: Large Airport
  • Runway Surface:
  • Phone: (619) 231 2100

When are car rental prices cheapest at San Diego Airport?

The cost of renting a car at San Diego Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at San Diego Airport
$34.41
January
$39.09
February
$37.12
March
$30.47
April
$33.51
May
$36.11
June
$36.20
July
$48.00
August
September
October
November
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at San Diego Airport is April when prices for Economy start from $30.47. You can see that this is 17% cheaper than the yearly’s average and 37% cheaper than renting a car in August (when rental prices start at $48.00 for Compact). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at San Diego Airport?

Travel lengths differ from one month to another. In January the average rental period is 8 days, while in October, the average rental period is only 5 days.
Average Rental Length at San Diego Airport
8
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
5
October
November
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at San Diego Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at San Diego Airport in July, while the fewest number of travelers rent in September.
San Diego Airport Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
98%
January
108%
February
115%
March
99%
April
106%
May
114%
June
117%
July
101%
August
63%
September
79%
October
November
December

Top 17 Locations near San Diego Airport

122.3 km / 76.0 miles away
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150.1 km / 93.3 miles away
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195.9 km / 121.7 miles away
309.5 km / 192.3 miles away
Car Rental at Fresno Airport from $38.00 per day
505.3 km / 314.0 miles away
603.8 km / 375.2 miles away
671.4 km / 417.2 miles away
718.4 km / 446.4 miles away
718.9 km / 446.7 miles away
772.6 km / 480.1 miles away
818.5 km / 508.6 miles away
1103.4 km / 685.6 miles away

Top 6 Best San Diego Airport Suppliers in 2018

GreenMotion
Excellent 8.8
+1 877-247-3362
San Diego International Airport, Rental Car Center, 3355 Admiral Boland Way
Dollar
Dollar
Excellent 8.5
001 8664342226 / 001 6197260171
3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
FOX
FOX
Excellent 8.5
001 619 432 0620
3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego.
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4
0016193264285
3355 Admiral Borland Way
GreenMotion
Very good 7.7
001 877 247 3362
San Diego International Airport, Rental Car Center, 3355 Admiral Boland Way
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7.2
619-255-9094
1002 WEST JUNIPER STREET;

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