Cheap Flights
to San Diego

Cheap flights to San Diego with Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, WestJet and other airlines from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Public Art at San Diego AirportPublic Art at San Diego Airport

Cheap flights to San Diego International Airport can be found on the many domestic airlines that serve the airport, and the limited number of international airlines. The main airlines serving San Diego International Airport are Southwest Airlines, Delta, and American Airlines.

In addition to Southwest, some of the budget airlines flying into San Diego are JetBlue and WestJet. 

Cheap Flights to San Diego: International

A limited number of international airlines fly direct into San Diego, and these include Aeromexico (from Mexico City and San José del Cabo), Air Canada (Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver), and WestJet (Calgary). Alaska Airlines also flies between San Diego and San José del Cabo in Mexico, so might be worth checking out for a possible budget air fare.

British Airways flies to San Diego from London Heathrow, and Japan Airlines flies from Tokyo's Narita International Airport..

Cheap Flights to San Diego: Domestic

The best budget fares to San Diego from within the USA are likely to be with Southwest Airlines. Southwest fly from a range of US cities including Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, Oakland, Phoenix, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose in California, St. Louis, and Tucson. Alaska also have a flight between Orlando and San Diego.

Flying San Diego-San Francisco

One option for driving the Pacific Coast Highway is to fly in to San Diego or San Francisco, book a one-way car rental airport to airport, and fly back from the other end. However, one-way car rentals are usually more expensive, incurring a drop fee, and it may be cheaper to drive back on the faster Interstate. As well as Southwest Airlines, Virgin America and United also fly between San Diego and San Francisco.

Also check our Cheap Flights to San Francisco page.

Flying San Diego-Seattle

If you want to drive the full length of the west coast and fly back, then both Virgin America and Alaska Airlines have flights between Seattle and San Diego.

Flying San Diego-Los Angeles

In addition to its two main Terminals, San Diego International Airport also has a Commuter Terminal. This is used by several airlines providing commuter flights between San Diego and Los Angeles. These include American Eagle and SkyWest Airlines (on behalf of both Delta and United Express).

International travelers might consider looking for a cheap flight into Los Angeles, and an onward connecting flight to San Diego.

For more information visit our Cheap Flights to Los Angeles page. 

Where to Stay in San Diego




San Diego International Airport

San Diego's main airport is San Diego International Airport (code: SAN; tel: 619/400-2400; website: http://www.san.org), also called Lindbergh Field. It's located only about three miles from downtown San Diego, and there are several shuttle, taxi, and bus services into the city from the airport.

San Diego International Airport has two main terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, connected by a red shuttle bus.

Most international flights arrive at Terminal 2, though Air Canada uses Terminal 1. Southwest Airlines, probably the best option for cheap flights into San Diego, also uses Terminal 1. Budget flights should also be available on JetBlue, but to a limited number of destinations: New York, Boston, Salt Lake City. Other airlines flying into San Diego to check for cheap flights include Aeromexico, Alaska, Allegiant, Continental, Hawaiian, and United. 

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  • San Diego whale watching tours like this from Hornblower Cruises let visitors get up close to see gray whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife.

    San Diego Whale Watching

    San Diego whale watching tours like this from Hornblower Cruises let visitors get up close to see gray whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife.

  • Visiting Balboa Park is one of the best things to do in San Diego, California, as the park is home to San Diego Zoo, several museums, and beautiful gardens.

    Visiting Balboa Park

    Visiting Balboa Park is one of the best things to do in San Diego, California, as the park is home to San Diego Zoo, several museums, and beautiful gardens.

  • The San Diego Museum of Art is in Balboa Park, San Diego, and is the oldest and biggest art museum in the city with a fine collection of Spanish art.

    San Diego Museum of Art

    The San Diego Museum of Art is in Balboa Park, San Diego, and is the oldest and biggest art museum in the city with a fine collection of Spanish art.

  • Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends good cheap motels in San Diego including Super-8, Motel 6, Travelodge and Days Inn.

    Good Cheap Motels in San Diego

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends good cheap motels in San Diego including Super-8, Motel 6, Travelodge and Days Inn.

  • San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Park, San Diego, California has been called the best zoo in the world and is the most visited zoo in the United States.

    San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo is in Balboa Park, San Diego, California has been called the best zoo in the world and is the most visited zoo in the United States.

  • Whale watching trips and tours in San Diego are one of the California city's best activities but you can watch the whales from the San Diego shoreline too.

    Whale Watching from the San Diego Shoreline

    Whale watching trips and tours in San Diego are one of the California city's best activities but you can watch the whales from the San Diego shoreline too.

  • Pacific Coast Highway Travel's website recommendations on Where to Stay in San Diego include reviews of budget and luxury hotels in downtown San Diego.

    Where to Stay in San Diego

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel's website recommendations on Where to Stay in San Diego include reviews of budget and luxury hotels in downtown San Diego.

  • Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends the best museums in San Diego, including art museums, science centers, historical museums, and motor museums.

    Best Museums in San Diego

    Pacific Coast Highway Travel recommends the best museums in San Diego, including art museums, science centers, historical museums, and motor museums.

  • SeaWorld in San Diego is the original marine theme park, featuring killer whales, dolphins, shark encounters, manatee rescue, and Journey to Atlantis.

    SeaWorld San Diego

    SeaWorld in San Diego is the original marine theme park, featuring killer whales, dolphins, shark encounters, manatee rescue, and Journey to Atlantis.

  • San Diego in Southern California is a major travel destination and this page from Pacific Coast Highway Travel has visitor information and best things to do.

    San Diego

    San Diego in Southern California is a major travel destination and this page from Pacific Coast Highway Travel has visitor information and best things to do.

  • Things to do in San Diego include visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, touring the city's outstanding Wild Animal Park, whale-watching and visiting museums.

    San Diego Things to Do

    Things to do in San Diego include visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, touring the city's outstanding Wild Animal Park, whale-watching and visiting museums.

  • Here are facts and figures about Balboa Park in San Diego, which is bigger than New York's Central Park and contains 19 gardens, 17 museums and 14 restaurants.

    Balboa Park in Facts and Figures

    Here are facts and figures about Balboa Park in San Diego, which is bigger than New York's Central Park and contains 19 gardens, 17 museums and 14 restaurants.



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