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San Felipe Airport Guide

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San Felipe Airport is widely known as the gateway to the Sea of Cortez. Resting just seven miles from the heart of San Felipe and the glorious coastline it sits upon, the airport doesn’t serve any commercial flights. Instead, this international facility mainly caters for general aviation flights, which primarily originate in the US. With public transportation rather limited, San Felipe car rental is the most efficient mode of transport from the terminal. Visitors are able to explore the town of San Felipe and beyond with their own vehicle.

Who to Book With
Visitors to San Felipe Airport are recommended to pre-book rental cars. This will allow the local car hire company to prepare the vehicle for the visitor’s arrival. The only recognised car hire agency that provides vehicles at San Felipe Airport is Thrifty, which is one of the most reputable car rental firms in the world.

Need to Know Essentials
Visitors to the airport need to provide several essential documents to rent a car here:

- A national driver’s licence or International Driving Permit
- A valid passport with photo identification
- Credit card
- Evidence of booking

Read our FAQs for more details.

The only way to get around town is by car. Of course, there are plenty of places that are within walking distance of each other but driving is often easier. Traffic within San Felipe doesn’t get chaotic, even in the peak tourism period, during Spring Break. Most of the hot-spots for tourists are found along the beach roads, where plenty of free parking is available. Despite being asphalted, main roads outside the town are not overly well-maintained, so motorists need to be careful when driving, especially at night. Lighting is reasonable in San Felipe, but is almost non-existent outside the town. The darkness coupled with large potholes make for a hazardous combination for motorists. Many tourists like to drive their cars onto the beach at low tide. Do this with caution, as the sand has been known to bog vehicles, and the tide comes in relatively quickly here.

See our Guide to Mexico for more details on driving here.


Like the rest of San Felipe, the town’s international airport only operates limited transportation options. Public transportation like buses, trams and trains are non-existent. Therefore, car hire at San Felipe Airport and taxi services are the only transport choices for arriving passengers. Alternatively, patrons can travel the seven miles to central San Felipe on foot.

Buses are available between San Felipe and Mexicali. However, there are no bus services within the town of San Felipe.

Like car hire, taxi services are rather limited. However, taking a taxi to and from the airport is a quick and easy way to make the nine-mile journey. Unlike cabs in the US, San Felipe taxis are relatively inexpensive. It is recommended to phone ahead prior to arriving at the airport.


The airport is home to a small terminal building, which is mainly used to complete customs inspections, visa requirements and aircraft paperwork. Commercial flights don’t fly into the airport, so aircraft tend to be private single- and double-engine planes. In winter, the terminal is open between 07:00 and 17:00, while in summer, operating hours are between 08:00 and 18:00, every day. No flights may land or take-off outside of these hours.

San Felipe Airport provides free parking for patrons. The parking lot is situated to the east of the terminal. There are more than 50 car parking spots available and very rarely does the lot become full.

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Information Services
There aren’t any official information booths or desks found in the terminal. However, there are plenty of employed personnel ready to answer any questions that patrons may have. Personnel include military inspectors, customs officials and managerial staff.

Useful Numbers
San Felipe Airport Phone Line 1: +52-686-577-1858
San Felipe Airport Phone Line 2: +52-686-577-1368

The terminal is relatively small and easy to navigate. It only has a ground level for passengers, so patrons don’t have to worry about lifts and stairs.

Restaurants and Bars
No information available

VIP Lounges
There are no VIP lounges at the airport.

Money and ATMs
San Felipe Airport doesn’t operate any currency exchange facilities or banking services, including ATMs. However, there are several large banks found in the heart of San Felipe, just 10 minutes’ drive from the airport.

There are no shopping facilities within San Felipe Airport’s small terminal building.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Mexican peso
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    20 - 70 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    20 - 90 km/h
  • Language

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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