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San Diego B Street Cruise Ship Terminal

The San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal is conveniently located at 1140 North Harbor Drive, on the B Street Pier in downtown San Diego, a short distance from countless attractions.


The cruise ship terminal is a comfortable, colorful place for passengers. There are wheelchair accessible elevators and a passenger gangway. Customer service representatives are available to help if there are any special needs.


The cruise ship terminal operates in compliance with current U.S. Coast Guard Security Standards. Due to increased security, the following measures have been enacted:

  • If driving, you may drive onto the pier by presenting your ID and a ship ticket for sailing on that specific date.
  • If arriving by air or motorcoach, all luggage must have your name and address attached.
  • You will be required to show a picture ID and ship ticket in order to enter the cruise ship terminal.
  • Again, your picture ID and ship ticket must be shown along with your passport, birth certificate, etc for check-in with the cruise line.
  • Picture ID and your security card must be shown at the gangway in order to embark ship.
  • A picture ID and ship ticket are required upon accessing the pier until boarding of the ship.

Checking In

Once you pass security, you will need to check in at your cruise ship counter. Check your boarding document for your arrival time at the cruise ship terminal. Come prepared for check-in. Have your ID and ship ticket ready and allow about an hour for processing time.

Traffic, Transit, and Travel Information

SANDAG and the San Diego Transportation Partners provide real-time traffic information with driving times and incident reports, transit route and fare information, carpool and vanpool information, and commute options from its 511 Web site.


The San Diego B Street Cruise Ship Terminal is approximately ten minutes from San Diego International Airport and the Santa Fe Train Station. It also is easy to access from San Diego’s major freeway systems.

By Car

Driving North on Interstate 5: Take I-5 into downtown San Diego. Exit on Hawthorn (airport exit). Hawthorn Street steers west toward the San Diego Bay waterfront and Harbor Drive. At Harbor Drive, make a left. From that point, the cruise ship terminal is approximately one-fourth of a mile south on the right.

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By Plane

For those arriving to San Diego by air, the terminal is a 10-minute ride from San Diego International Airport. An area devoted for taxicab pick-up is located just outside of the baggage claim areas of the airport’s two main terminals and commuter terminal.

A new service for passengers of select cruise lines allows them to skip baggage claim at the airport. Cruise line representatives will pick up guests’ checked items and deliver them directly to the ship. Please check with your cruise line or travel agent to arrange for this service.

By Train

Cruise passengers arriving in San Diego by way of Amtrak will be let off at the Santa Fe Depot station. The station is a short distance from the cruise terminal, so you may walk or take a taxi service to the terminal. For those choosing to walk, travel west on Broadway Street toward the terminal, which will be in sight.


Passengers arriving by personal vehicle may NOT park on the pier while on your cruise. Short- and long-term parking is available at the following locations:

Note: One of the services available for cruise customers are pedicab rides to the ship. These are independent operators not associated with the Port or the parking facilities operators. Please negotiate a price with them before accepting a ride.



Closest to the Pier

Five Star
619) 235-4500
900 W. Broadway
7/24 AUTO $15
Park and Go
(619) 525-9885
2535 Pacific Highway
7/24 AUTO $10

Parking Nearby

Ace Parking
(619) 544-8360
1355 N. Harbor Drive
7/24 HRS $9
(619) 696-7434
2548 Kettner Blvd.
7/24 HRS $12 $14 YES
Laurel Travel Center
(619) 233-0412
1025 W. Laurel
7/24 HRS $11 $13 YES
Lindbergh Parking
(619) 291-2087
3705 N. Harbor Dr. (Airport)
7/24 HRS $24
Park 'N Fly
(619) 295-2832
3298 Kettner Blvd.
7/24 HRS $11 $13 YES
Park & Ride Lot 1
(619) 295-6659
3550 Kettner Blvd.
7/24 HRS $11
Park & Ride Lot 5
(619) 295-4639
3275 Pacific Hwy.
7/24 HRS $11
Park & Ride Lot 7
(619) 295-2807
3405 Pacific Hwy.
7/24 HRS $10
Park & Ride Annex
(619) 295-0511
1650 Sassafras
7/24 HRS $11
Park Shuttle and Fly
(619) 758-7600
2220 Lee Court
7/24 HRS $10


New Cruise Terminal Construction News

Broadway Pier Cruise Terminal RenderingThe Port of San Diego has completed construction of an auxiliary cruise ship terminal on Broadway Pier adjacent to the Port's primary cruise facility at B Street.The new Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier was dedicated on December 18, 2010.

For more than 90 years, the Broadway Pier has served in various maritime capacities and reopened as a  the new passenger facility and public event space in late 2010. The two-storied building with 52,000 square feet will serve up to 2,600 passengers. Energy-efficient and renewable energy features are designed to meet the standard of LEED Silver certification. The Port of San Diego is now the second in California and the fifth port in the world to use shore power at its cruise ship terminals.

Construction recap: The ground-breaking ceremony was held August 4, 2009. Steel began arriving at the Broadway Pier on December 11. Structural steel erection began on December 15 and continued until early February 2010. In February, the exterior skin application began and continued until June when work began on the interior. Interior work was completed in early November with operations beginning at the end of December 2010.