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The New T1 will be here before you know it. Until then, leave extra time to get to the airport due to construction. Our goal is to make your travel experience and airport access as seamless as possible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

What You Need to Know

Construction of the New T1 has increased significantly at San Diego International Airport (SAN). There will be ongoing impacts to vehicle and pedestrian access near airport roadways.

Travelers should prepare for traffic congestion and delays when traveling to SAN, especially from 4 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. to midnight, which are the busiest times curbside. We recommend arriving earlier than usual and using caution when traveling through the work area.  

A Few Words About Safety

Safety is our priority—for our passengers, employees, and everyone who visits the airport. Here’s how you can stay safe while traveling through the airport during New T1 construction.
  • Allow extra travel time – Plan to arrive curbside earlier than usual and expect traffic.
  • Slow down – Follow speed limit signs around the airport and drive slower in designated work areas.
  • Follow directions – Directional signs and airport staff are in place to help you navigate roadway impacts.
  • Be aware of work zones – Keep an eye out for nearby workers and their equipment.
  • Practice patience – Take a deep breath; you will get where you need to be in time.
  • Minimize distractions – Dedicate your full attention to the road.

Parking at the Airport

Planning to park at the airport? Reserve your spot ahead of time and save!  

The Terminal 1 Parking Lot is permanently closed to allow for the construction of the New T1 Parking Plaza, which is expected to open this summer.

The Terminal 2 West Parking Lot is no longer available to passengers (except those using the Cell Phone Lot). The only available parking is in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza.

Passengers may also use our convenient Curbside Valet at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. Leave your car with one of our fully-insured, professional valet staff and walk straight through to check-in! 

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The Cell Phone Lot is located at the Terminal 2 West Parking Lot on McCain Road. To pick up passengers in front of Baggage Claim, follow the signs to the exit, exit left onto Spruance Road, turn left on McCain Road, and then turn left at the light onto North Harbor Drive to head south back to Terminal 1 or Terminal 2.


Three-hour, short-term parking is now available in the surface lot next to the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza. The new parking section is ideal for anyone picking up or dropping off passengers such as older adults, people with disabilities, and unaccompanied minors, who need help getting to or from their gate. (Please coordinate wheelchair or electric cart service directly with airlines.) To access the designated 3-Hour Parking Zone, enter the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza and turn right toward the open side of the structure and uncovered surface lot. Follow signs to 3-hour parking spaces.

Daily rate: $38
Hourly Rate: $2.50 for every 15 min

Vehicles in the spaces after 3 hours will be cited. If vehicles are not moved by the 4th hour in the space, they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

To & From

There are more ways than ever to get to and from the airport with public transit, shuttles, taxis, or rideshare.

Public Transit 2:27

There are several worry-free ways to get to and from SAN on public transit including COASTER trains, the Mid-Coast Trolley, and the MTS 992 and 923 bus routes.

The San Diego Flyer 1:28

Try the free San Diego Flyer, an all-electric shuttle service between the Old Town Transit Center and SAN, and a convenient last-mile connection for passengers and airport employees using public transit.

Terminal Loop Shuttle Bus 1:12

If you are flying out of Terminal 1 but parking in the Terminal 2 Parking Plaza, the Terminal Loop Shuttle can transport you back and forth. The shuttles operate every 10 minutes and pick-up areas are curbside at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, directly in front of Baggage Claim.

SAN Interactive Campus Map

View an interactive map of San Diego International Airport here.