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With its setting along the shore of San Diego Bay and near downtown San Diego, San Diego International Airport is easier to reach via bicycling or walking than you might think. For those with very light luggage and others wishing to bicycle or walk to or from the airport, here is some useful information.

TERMINAL MAPS

For your convenience, here are the maps of the terminals at San Diego International Airport

BICYCLING

Getting to the Airport

  • A shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians – separated from vehicular traffic – connects the airport to Little Italy and downtown San Diego to the east, and to Liberty Station and Point Loma to the west.
  • The scenic path runs between the San Diego Bay waterfront and North Harbor Drive and passes through Spanish Landing Park.
  • The San Diego Regional Bike Map can help you plan a convenient bicycle route to or from the airport. In addition, Google Maps features the ability to suggest bicycle routes to and from the airport.
  • Crosswalks with traffic signals allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross North Harbor Drive to reach the airport and its adjacent parking lots. Signaled crosswalks are located at the following intersections on North Harbor Drive:
    • Rent A Car Access Road
    • Harbor Island Drive
    • Terminal 2 Road
    • McCain Road
  • Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) buses and trolleys and North County Transit District (NCTD) buses and the Coaster are all equipped with on-board bicycle racks to accommodate commuters with bicycles.

At the Airport

  • Once at the airport, cyclists should exercise caution travelling along the airport roadways in front of the terminals.
  • Bicycles should be walked when on airport sidewalks.
  • Bicycle Lockers:
    • Bicycle lockers (holding four bikes each) have been installed by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) at San Diego International Airport.
    • The lockers are FREE to use, but there is a $25.00 refundable key deposit, paid to SANDAG’s iCommute program, required to use them. In order to use these lockers, and other SANDAG bicycle lockers in the San Diego region, sign up here
    • Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Current bicycle locker locations at the airport are:
      • East of the Terminal 1 pedestrian bridge, along the fenceline (4 bikes)
  • Bicycle racks:
    • In addition, bicycle racks at the airport are located at the following locations
      • Commuter Terminal Parking Lot 1 (east side)
      • Directly Below the Terminal 1 Pedestrian Bridge
     

Resources

WALKING

Getting to the Airport

  • A shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians – separated from vehicular traffic – connects the airport to Little Italy and downtown San Diego to the east, and to Liberty Station and Point Loma to the west.
  • The scenic path runs between the San Diego Bay waterfront and North Harbor Drive and passes through Spanish Landing Park.
  • Google Maps features the ability to suggest walking routes to and from the airport
  • Crosswalks with traffic signals allow pedestrians to safely cross North Harbor Drive to reach the airport and its adjacent parking lots. Signaled crosswalks are located at the following intersections on North Harbor Drive:
    • Rent A Car Access Road o Harbor Island Drive
    • Terminal 2 Road
    • McCain Road

At the Airport

  • Pedestrian walkways connect Terminal One and Terminal Two at San Diego International Airport.
  • Pedestrians may reach the Commuter Terminal from Terminal One by heading east on the sidewalk along Airport Terminal Road in front of Terminal One until you reach Air Lane. Then walk east across the Valet Parking Lot and West Wing parking lot to Winship Lane and the Commuter Terminal.
  • Pedestrian bridges and crosswalks connect the passenger terminals to transportation islands and adjacent parking lots in front of the terminals.

Resources

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