Need a reason to fly to San Diego? We have plenty. Find out more about this sensational city by the sea…
It’s a sprawling mass of a city, yet San Diego somehow pulls off this magical, laidback, cool-as-a-cucumber vibe that makes Los Angeles seethe with jealousy. Maybe it’s the abundance of sunshine, the near-perfect climate or the infectious attitude of the coast’s chilled-out surfers. Or perhaps there’s just something in the water deep in Southern California. Take a refreshing swig and see for yourself after touching down on San Diego flights.
Refreshed, recharged and ready to see the sights? Start your day on the beach, at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, or with a visit to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, to find out about Gold-Rush arrivals and Mexico’s reach into this south-western corner of the United States. Check out the seafaring history of the city aboard the USS Midway. Tour parks, visit museums, play a round at one of the city’s golf courses. And when the sun sets? Many an evening is spent in the Gaslamp Quarter, where the architecture is Victorian and the nightlife is legendary.
With a heap of attractions and good-value, direct London to San Diego flights, your next dream break by the sea could be in California. Connecting flights to San Diego are available from many other UK airports.
Flights to this part of the west coast of the USA take around eleven hours direct from the UK.
British Airways offers the only non-stop service to San Diego with daily departures from London Heathrow airport.
There are also a myriad of connecting flight options from London and around the UK. Delta and Virgin fly from London, Manchester and Edinburgh via Atlanta and American offers services from Manchester and London via gateways such as Chicago, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles. United will get you there through services from Manchester, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham via Chicago. Connecting flights take from twelve hours upwards.
Sure, the living is easy in San Diego. But is it easy to get to and from the airport? Let’s find out…
Flights land at San Diego International Airport (SAN), a short hop from downtown.
The 992 bus is the cheapest transfer option between airport and city centre. A one-way fare is $2.25 (around £1.50).
A taxi fare between the airport and downtown shouldn’t cost more than $20.
Distances between attractions in San Diego can be lengthy. It’s a 45-minute trolley journey, for example, between SeaWorld and the Gaslamp Quarter. Hire a car and you could do it in just 15 minutes. Pre-book car rental in San Diego with TravelSupermarket and collect your car at the airport.
Even when you go direct, the flight time from London to San Diego is 11 hours. You’ll need a hotel bed to flop on as soon as you arrive…
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Hotels to suit a range of budgets and holiday styles are located throughout the many tourist areas of this sprawling city, so it pays to do some research before you go.
Downtown is central, encompassing areas such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Marina. The Gaslamp Quarter has a plethora of pubs, bars and clubs, so pick hotels in this area if you want nightlife on your doorstep (and don’t mind the noise).
Coronado Island is just off central San Diego so you get easy access to city and beach plus a pleasant small-town feel.
Mission Bay also fuses beach holidays with city breaks. There’s an oceanfront boardwalk, parks, hiking and biking trails, plus fast access to the city (20 minutes by car to the Gaslamp Quarter).
Further north, Pacific Beach and La Jolla are relaxed family areas by the sea.
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