San Diego International Airport is an airport in the state of California, and is one of the busiest thirty airports in the country of the United States of America, as it sees approximately 16.5 million passengers every year. It is also rated as the second busiest airport in the world that has only one runway. The airport is commonly referred to as the Lindbergh Field, and by its IATA code of SAN. It is nearby to the city centre of San Diego, and alongside San Diego Bay. Many passengers of the airport prefer to rent a car, from companies such as Enterprise San Diego International Airport, instead of taking a public or private bus service. Taxis are available as well, but could become expensive when needing to travel more extensively.
In a rented car from this airport location, passengers are free to travel the entire city at their leisure, and may also drive further to nearby towns and cities. Most vehicles are hired with unlimited mileage, therefore it will just be the cost of fuel to consider. The city is quite easy to navigate, and features a number of public parking areas. In the downtown area, the roads are all numbered or lettered for convenience, and are arranged in a grid-like pattern. A few of the popular car parks are found on Ash Street, West Broadway, 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue. Parking in the city is not free of charge, but the rates are considered as reasonable. However, parking at large shopping malls is usually more expensive. Nearby to San Diego are the areas of Spring Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Point Loma Heights and Chula Vista. There are also some lovely and popular beaches that are enjoyed by most visitors.
By rented car one could also go further up the coastline, and pass areas such as Encinitas, Oceanside and San Clemente before reaching the ever popular city of Los Angeles. Anaheim is also in the area, which is close to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Anaheim is about 95 miles to the northeast of San Diego. Just 15 miles south of San Diego is the border between the United States and Mexico, at Tijuana. Be careful not to enter Mexico unless a cross-border rental has been arranged with Enterprise. Most car hire companies, however, do not allow cross-border rentals, especially between Mexico and the United States. Enterprise one way hires, on the other hand, are often permitted, and is a service that allows the rented car to be returned to a location other than San Diego International Airport. One way hires are often a convenient option for those who plan to travel more extensively, and who will be ending off their journey at a different airport. Enterprise has car rental locations at all the major airports in the country.
Once passengers have arrived in San Diego’s airport, they will need to take a shuttle bus to the car hire premises of Enterprise. All the San Diego International Airport car hire companies are not found within the terminals, but at locations nearby, such as on North Harbor Drive. In the terminals, however, passengers will find reservation boards for the various companies, nearby the baggage claim halls, as well as courtesy telephones which can be used for enquiries regarding the shuttle services, or to call an accessible vehicle for someone in a wheelchair. The car rental shuttles are usually not necessary to call, as they are frequently available from traffic islands outside of Terminals 1 and 2, which are the main passenger buildings of the airport. If help is required to find the shuttles an airport volunteer will gladly offer their assistance. The volunteers are dressed in green golf shirts with ‘Airport Information’ emblazoned on the back.
The San Diego International Airport car rental companies, including Enterprise, offer a wide selection of vehicles that are arranged into various categories. Economy, Compact and Intermediate category vehicles are very popular, as they are usually the ones with lower car rental rates, however, sometimes a larger vehicle is required with more space for passengers and luggage items. Smaller cars include the Chevy Aveo, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra, while larger sedans include the Ford Fusion, Chevy Impala, Nissan Altima and Dodge Charger. Luxury cars are also of a nice size, and could be similar to the Toyota Avalon, Cadillac DTS and Lincoln Towncar. With any vehicle, child seats and satellite navigation systems can be hired. These items will be an extra charge on the rental agreement, but are well worth the few extra dollars in terms of safety and ease of navigation.
Enterprise hand control equipment may be requested as well, but only by persons with a lower limb disability. The device is used on certain types of cars with an automatic transmission, and operates the brake and accelerator pedals. From Enterprise and the other car hire companies of San Diego Airport, hand controls are free of charge, but will require an advanced reservation.
The cars mentioned above are only a few of Enterprise’s selection, there are also SUVs, Minivans and Pickups available, in various sizes. Popular SUVs are similar to the Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Larger SUVs include the Lincoln Navigator, Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Ford Expedition, which seat between seven and eight passengers. Minivans such as the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan are ideal for seven as well. To rent a car from Enterprise San Diego International Airport a passengers will need a valid drivers license and major credit card, and should be over the age of 21. Contact details for Enterprise are listed below.
San Diego International Airport
1691 Hancock Street
San Diego, CA 92101-1117
Telephone Number: (619) 294-3313