Short or Long Term Parking at San Diego Airport: Top 3 spots

by Paul Joseph  |  Published April 28, 2023

If you’re driving to San Diego Airport and want to leave your car somewhere secure but without paying through the nose for the privilege, there are several cheap parking options close by.

A busy day on the tarmac at San Diego Airport (Photo: Steve Knight via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Located three miles northwest of the city’s downtown district, San Diego International Airport is the world’s busiest single-runway airport. The cheapest parking rates can be found at Terminal 2, with the daily rates for parking at the terminal’s Parking Plaza starting at $32 per day, while long term parking rates start at $140 per week. However, by using an off-airport parking lot, you can often save up to 60% on official airport rates. We’ve selected three of these parking options, all of which we recommend booking via, where you’ll always find the cheapest deals.

Fox Auto Parks

Situated just over half-a-mile from the airport, this is the closest car park to the airport on our list. It offers short of long term parking near San Diego Airport for rates starting at $14.28 per day. There’s also a free shuttle on demand that runs between 5am and 12am every day of the week, while the facility itself is open from 4am to 12.30am daily. On-site staff are available during opening hours and you have up until the minute your reservation begins to cancel and still get a full refund.

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

On the grounds of an upscale Sheraton hotel just over a mile from the airport, this car park offers uncovered self-parking for rates of $14.75 and upwards. Open 24/7, there are on-site staff available at all times and a free shuttle service that transports customers to and from the airport from 5am to 12am daily, with a journey time of around three minutes. As with our previous recommendations, at this facility, you can cancel your booking up to the minute the reservation starts and still get all your money back.

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Laurel Airport Parking

If you’re willing to stump up for the convenience of having someone park your car for you, together with the security of leaving your vehicle undercover, this facility could be for you. Positioned just under a mile from the airport, it offers covered valet parking for rates starting at $24 per day. So to say it is one of the cheapest parking lots near the airport would be untrue, but the advantages are clear. The parking lot also offers a complimentary shuttle service that runs all day, every day, and the facility is open all hours, too. For a full refund, simply cancel your booking before your reservation time begins.

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