MTS and Airport Authority Team Up for Free and Easy Airport Transit Options


Free rides offer on San Diego Airport Flyer and MTS Airport Bus Route 992

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San Diego- With tourism ramping up and major events back in full swing, travelers now have more convenient ways to get between the San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Downtown San Diego. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced it is offering free rides from Terminal 1 and 2 to Downtown San Diego destinations on the agency’s airport-exclusive Bus Route 992. The promotion will continue through Labor Day, September 5.

This summer promotion builds on SAN’s San Diego Flyer, a free electric shuttle bus that began service in November 2021. The San Diego Flyer offers service between the San Diego International Airport and the Old Town Transit Center.

“We want to make transit the best option for airport travelers. Offering free rides all summer on Route 992 from Terminal 1 and 2 is a new way to do that,” said Sharon Cooney, MTS Chief Executive Officer. “Between Route 992 and the San Diego Flyer, passengers can easily connect to the region’s two largest transportation hubs, beaches, downtown San Diego, Old Town and other popular destinations.”

“There will be major construction activity at the airport this summer as we continue building the New T1, the replacement of the current Terminal 1 with a modern and efficient facility that will improve the airport experience and complete the transformation of San Diego’s air transportation gateway,” said Kimberly Becker San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. “With limited on-site parking at the airport, the MTS and San Diego Flyer are efficient ways for travelers to get between the airport, the Old Town Transit Center, and other downtown San Diego locations. We strongly encourage anyone traveling through SAN this summer utilize these free services.”

The San Diego Flyer offers free rides between Terminal 1 and 2 and the Old Town Transit Center. The all-electric shuttle operates seven days a week with an average arrival of every 20-30 minutes. Pick-up and drop off times are timed to make easy connections with Trolleys, buses, COASTER and Amtrak trains. San Diego Flyer service spans from 4:45 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily.

MTS Airport Route 992 also serves Terminal 1 and 2, and offers many convenient destinations along Broadway and Downtown San Diego, including Santa Fe Depot. All Route 992 buses have luggage racks for easy storage, and serve all stops every 15 minutes most of the day, seven days a week from 5 a.m. to midnight. Click here for full schedule. Free rides will be offered from Terminal 1 and 2 to downtown through Monday, Sept. 5. Low cost fares on MTS are also offered - $2.50 one-way for adults, $1.25 for seniors, and free rides for youth 18 and under with a Youth PRONTO account.

About MTS
MTS operates more than 100 bus routes and three Trolley lines in 10 cities and unincorporated areas of San Diego. Frequencies and spans have been restored to near-pre-COVID-19 levels. Updated schedules can be accessed on the MTS website.

About San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Owned and operated by San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority), San Diego International Airport (SAN) is one of the busiest single-runway commercial service airports in the world and the third-busiest airport in California. SAN contributes nearly $12 billion in economic activity for the region by connecting the world to San Diego and San Diego to the world. In November 2021, the Airport Authority began construction on the New T1 which includes the replacement of a new Terminal 1, improvements to the airfield, improved transportation connectivity to the airport, and a new administration building. The New T1 program’s total project budget is $3.4 billion and is estimated to create between 15,000 to 20,000 construction-related jobs. For more information about the New T1 please visit For more information about SAN please visit

Media Contacts:

Mark Olson, MTS

Sabrina LoPiccolo, San Diego International Airport