San Diego International Airport is located alongside San Diego Bay, just three miles from the city of San Diego and nearby to Mission Hills and Hillcrest, in the state of California. It is therefore an American airport. It serves one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, and is a busy airport, especially considering that it only has one runway, handling almost seventeen million passengers every year. The airport of San Diego, or the Lindbergh Field Airport, has the IATA code of SAN, and many facilities for its passengers, including a good selection of car rental companies. Dollar San Diego International Airport is one of the car hire companies available, offering many kinds of vehicles and affordable rental rates.
The airport of San Diego has three terminals – Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and the Commuter Terminal, especially for flights coming from and heading to Los Angeles. This is one of the airport’s busiest routes. This terminal has only four airline gates, and is therefore smaller than the other two. Terminal 1 is used for domestic flights, and by several airline companies, while in Terminal 2 passengers will find the facilities required for international flights. Both of these terminals have an East and West side, and many shops, restaurants and services such as wireless internet connections, restrooms, ATMs and pay phones. Customers who need to contact Dollar, however, may use the courtesy phones nearby the baggage claim halls, and at the car hire company reservation boards. Dollar is not actually located in the terminals, but at a further location, off the airport’s property.
To reach Dollar, passengers should call for a shuttle service, or simply go to the shuttle stops to find a vehicle for transport. Terminal 1’s shuttle stop is at the centre traffic aisle, and the stop at Terminal 2 is found on the west end of the building, at the traffic island. Passengers can easily walk to these areas. Buses are also available between the terminals and to the parking lots of the airport. All shuttles are free of charge, available with wheelchair lifts when required and operate twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Dollar at this rental location is open from Monday to Sunday between the hours of 04:30am and 12:00am. These are their standard hours, holiday hours may vary.
Driving in San Diego is quite straight forward, but easier if you have a satellite navigation system. A GPS can be rented from Dollar, and will cost a few extra dollars per day of hire. The systems available are usually of a very good quality, and offer clear and accurate directions to any location, and in voice or visual mode. They have good visuals as well, even in direct sunlight, and a selection of languages. A GPS is recommended for anyone who is unfamiliar with the San Diego road network. Parking lots are available in the city, for example, along Ash Street, West Boulevard and 6th Avenue, and motorists will find the city centre is organised in a grid-like pattern, with numbered or lettered roads. Main roads lead out from the city, to areas such as Chula Vista, La Mesa, Spring Valley, Santee and Anaheim, which is little further away (about 95 miles to the northeast), and nearby to Los Angeles.
Always obey all road rules in your rented car from Dollar, as traffic fines will be the responsibility of the renter, and not the car rental company. The speed limits to follow in San Diego are no more than 30mph in urban areas, 65mph on open roads and 70mph on motorways and highways. Just like in all major cities, the larger Interstates and highways can be busy during rush hours. If you will not be returning to San Diego Airport, one way hires can be arranged, permitting the rented car to be delivered to an alternative location, either in the state of California or in one of the nearby states. Dollar one way hires are sometimes popular with travellers who are planning a more extensive journey. However, never cross borders in your rented car without permission from Dollar.
The San Diego International Airport car rental companies, including Dollar, keep the needs of disabled drivers in mind, and therefore hire hand control equipment to be used by persons with a lower limb disability. Dollar’s hand controls are free of charge, but should be reserved in advance from the airport of San Diego. Hand controls are also only available with certain vehicles, and will need to be fitted prior to your arrival. Other items of equipment are available as well, such as child seats for infants or small children. They, however, will have additional charges.
Dollar’s vehicles are regularly checked for safety, and are cleaned before every rental. They are hired with a full tank of fuel, and should be returned as empty as possible if fuel was purchased at the start of the rental period. They should be returned full if no fuel was purchased, to avoid extra re-fuelling charges. Cars with lower rental rates include the Chevrolet Aveo, Ford Focus, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion and Ford Taurus, and some of Dollar’s SUVs are similar to the Ford Escape, Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Chevrolet Traverse and Chevrolet Suburban. The San Diego International Airport car hire companies offer more elegant vehicles for hire as well, similar to the Ford Crown Victoria, and Minivans with room for seven passengers, similar to the Dodge Caravan.
For information about the requirements for hiring each of the above mentioned vehicles, contact Dollar at San Diego International Airport.
San Diego Intl Airport (SAN)
2499 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA United States 92101
Telephone Number: 866-434-2226