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The San Diego International Airport (SAN) is about 3.5 miles from the downtown hotels and the convention center. Over 20 airlines operate almost 600 domestic, international, and commercial flights in and out of the airport daily. Visit for operating airlines and nonstop service routes.

If traveling by train, the Santa Fe Depot, located one mile from the convention center, is the main hub for Amtrak. Admire the Pacific views as you curl along the Southern California coast by train from downtown San Diego to Oceanside, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and many places in between. For Amtrak schedules and information, visit

International Travel to San Diego

San Diego serves as a gateway to many international destinations. Daily direct flights coming in from the UK, Japan, Canada, and Mexico, combined with quick clearance through U.S. Customs at the San Diego International Airport (SAN), makes arriving in San Diego quick and hassle-free.

Getting from the Airport to Downtown

Taxicabs are typically plentiful at the airport. From baggage claim, follow signs leading to transportation plazas and there an airport transportation coordinator will place you in the first available taxi. Fares to downtown can range from $15–23 for an estimated 15 minute ride. Most cab companies accept credit cards and do not charge extra for up to 3 additional passengers.

Several airport shuttle companies operate from the airport’s transportation plazas across from terminal 1 and 2, and curbside at the commuter terminal with an airport transportation coordinator available to assist you. Rates vary. Visit the parking and transportation section at 

Airfare Discounts

Discounted Air Travel to EB2016

ASPET has arranged with the following airlines to provide participants who are traveling to Experimental Biology with discounted fares. 

Southwest Airlines

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Receive a 3-10% discount on Southwest Airlines for travel between domestic locations in the US and San Diego from March 29, 2016–April 9, 2016.  

Plus Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards frequent flyers receive 50% bonus reward points for all flown segments booked using the ASPET discount code for travel to EB.

Reserve your discounted Southwest flight here.  

Most Wanna-Get-Away fares are discounted 3%. Most unrestricted fares on Business Select and Anytime are discounted 10%. All booking must include one traveler that is 18 years or older at the time of booking. You must book your flight between now and March 15, 2016 for travel between March 29, 2016-April 9, 2016. Discounts are not applicable for bookings made within two weeks of travel date.

United Airlines

United Airlines

Receive a 2–10% discount on United Airlines, United Express or other airlines operated by and branded United Express, and some United codeshare flights. Discounts are applicable for travel to/from San Diego from March 26, 2016 to April 10, 2016 to attend Experimental Biology.

Reserve your discounted United Airlines flight here.  

Click “All Search Options” or “Advanced Search” to find the “Promotions and certificates” box where you can fill in our the offer code posted below.

Offer Code: ZVF3450888

If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information: Agreement Code: 450888, Z Code: ZVF3 

Fees apply for tickets issued via phone. Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office.

Last Updated: July 28, 2017

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