San Diego Airport Taxis (SAN)
San Diego International Airport is not far from the city centre of San Diego, in the United States of America and in the state of California. It is regarded as the second busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the world, handling over sixteen million passengers per annum, and is commonly referred to as the Lindbergh Field Airport. It has also been allocated the official IATA code of SAN. Passengers will find the airport to be a modern and efficient establishment, with many facilities to offer. There are plenty of options for ground transport into the city as well, by public and privates buses, and by the San Diego International Airport taxis. Taxis are more expensive than the public transport offered, however, they are often considered as more convenient.
Passengers could arrive at one of three terminal buildings at San Diego Airport. One of them, however, is only for flights arriving from Los Angeles, and is referred to as the Commuter Terminal. Terminals 1 and 2 house the main airport facilities, and the majority of the airline gates. They are served by the well know airline companies of Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and others. There are about 16 passenger airlines at the airport, serving approximately 50 non-stop destinations. International passengers will arrive at Terminal 2. Once passengers have arrived at their terminal, and have collected their luggage items, they can proceed to the outer area of the building and find their chosen form of ground transportation, should they not have a private vehicle parked at the airport.
The airport taxis are found at the curb-side of the terminal buildings. There are signs that lead to the Transportation Plazas, or passengers can seek assistance from one of the volunteer airport ambassadors. Once outside, a Transportation Coordinator or an Airport Traffic Office will place you with the first available taxi, unless you require a specific taxicab company. Passengers may also request for a vehicle that is suitable for someone in a wheelchair. Sometimes an advanced reservation for a special vehicle is recommended. Under usual circumstances, taxis do not require an advanced reservation, as they are always readily available outside of each terminal building.
Some of the most popular taxi companies available from San Diego International Airport are Airport Yellow Cab of San Diego (619-234-6161), American Cab (619-234-1111), Orange Cab (619-291-3333), San Diego Cab (619-226-8294 or 800-368-2947) and USA Cab (619-231-1144). All these companies accept payments by the major credit cards, such as American Express, Visa and MasterCard, and offer transport in clean and high quality vehicles. Their drivers are also responsible and courteous, and have received thorough training in regards to customer service and the operation of a motor vehicle. Taxi drivers are wonderful sources of information as well, as they are generally very familiar with the area. They can recommend the best restaurants, shopping centres, hotels and tourist attractions.
Since that the airport of San Diego is only 3 miles from the city centre, a taxi to this area will not be too pricy. There are also often set rates available from airports to the downtown areas, however, most trip fares are calculated according to the distance travelled. Distances driven are recorded by a meter in the taxicab. A charge is applicable per mile travelled, and there could also be extra charges for luggage loaded and for airport fees. There could also be a minimum payment due. The meter device within a taxi should be turned on and in working condition, and should be in view of the customer. Taxi drivers are often required to display a list of their rates within the vehicle as well. It is recommended to confirm all charges with your taxi driver before leaving the airport.
Taxis can be taken to the airport from any area of the city, or even from further locations. Simply call one of the taxi companies and arrange for your collection. Limousines and luxury sedans are available from several companies as well, and are a more elegant form of transport than a conventional taxi. They could be ideal for corporate functions and events. Always ensure that the company chosen is permitted to deliver or collect passengers at San Diego Airport.
Passengers who are more energetic could also walk or cycle to San Diego Airport, as there is a shared-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians that is away from motor traffic. The paths are a link between the airport and Little Italy and downtown San Diego on the eastern side, and between the airport and Liberty Station and Point Loma on the western side. The paths are scenic, running along the San Diego Bay Waterfront and North Harbor Drive. At the airport, there are free bicycle lockers available. However, although free, keep in mind that there is a $25.00 refundable key deposit that will need to be paid. Bicycle racks can be found at the Commuter Terminal Parking Lot 1 and below the Terminal 1 Pedestrian Bridge. Room for bicycles will soon be made at Terminal 2 as well.
Further details regarding the San Diego International Airport taxis and limousines can be obtained from the airport or from the relevant taxi company.