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Directions to Naval Base San Diego (NBSD)


Typically, you will fly into the San Diego International Airport/Lindbergh Field (SAN). Located at 3225 North Harbor Drive, the airport is conveniently located three miles northwest of downtown San Diego and approximately 8 miles from Naval Base San Diego (NBSD).

Shuttle Service/USO

The United Services Organization (USO) office is located outside of Terminal 2 . Visit the USO Office outside of Terminal 2 East, 1st Floor of the airport for availability of discounted shuttles and San Diego information. The USO is staffed 7 days/week 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Contact the USO prior to arrival for information on discounted shuttle, advanced reservations may be required. NBSD does not sponsor a shuttle from the airport to the base; however, check with your command to see if a duty driver or your Command Sponsor can provide transportation.

Taxi Service

Taxi rates from the airport to the base vary. It is important that you negotiate the rate for the total cost before you get into the taxi.

Local Bus or Trolley

The Metro Transit System (MTS) travels to and from the airport and downtown San Diego, which can connect you to the trolley, train, and other bus stops. For public transportation and ground transportation, visit the Volunteer Airport Ambassadors at the Information Desks located in the baggage claim area of Terminals 1 and 2.

If you choose, visit the San Diego commuter website to plan which methods of public transportation you will use from the airport to your destination. 

Bus routes, fare and schedule information may be obtained by calling 619-233-3004. The San Diego Trolley also serves the Naval Base San Diego and is an excellent form of transportation for day-to-day travel to the base. Review the transportation section for more information.

Driving Directions

From the North:

  • Take I-15 South.
  • Take the I-5 N / MAIN STREET exit toward HARBOR DRIVE.
  • Take the exit on the left toward HARBOR DRIVE.
  • Merge onto S 32ND STREET and proceed to the Main Gate (6) of Naval Base.

From the South:

  • Take I-5 North.
  • Merge onto HARBOR DRIVE via EXIT 11A toward CIVIC CENTER DRIVE.
  • Turn sharp left onto S 32ND STREET and proceed to the Main Gate (6) of Naval Base.

Entering the Main Gate

All visitors are required to enter the base via the Main Gate. The following basic rules apply: proceed directly to the Main Gate (gate 6) and be prepared to stop, provide a U.S. Department of Defense identification card, and state your business (i.e. "reporting for duty"). Base security can assist you toward your destination or simply ask for the nearest base directory. Visit the nearest NRSW Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) to obtain a base map.

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