San Diego International
Airport is served by 22
airlines, with direct flights
from more than 40 cities.
FROM THE AIRPORT
The San Diego International Airport
is a 10-minute ride from downtown. Take
a cab for about $12 or hop on the San
Diego Municipal Transit System’s “Airport
Flyer” (Route 992) for $2.25 (children
aged five and under ride free).
GETTING AROUND TOWN
The San Diego Trolley light rail system
has routes to various points of interest around San Diego county, including
Fashion Valley Mall, Qualcomm Stadium,
downtown, and the USA/Mexico border. It
operates seven days a week from 5 a.m. to
midnight and runs every 15 minutes.
MTS (San Diego Metropolitan Transit
System) buses are a quick way to navigate
the metro area. The fare is $2.25 each way,
but for $5, you can buy a day pass and get
unlimited bus and trolley rides.
Pedicabs are available daily along
most downtown streets, particularly
in the Gaslamp Quarter and along the
Embarcadero in the Marina and Columbia
neighborhoods. Just be sure to agree on a
rate before you board.
The ferry to Coronado departs from two
locations: Broadway Pier and behind the
Convention Center. The trip takes 15 minutes
and drops you off at the Ferry Landing Marketplace, with shops, restaurants, and a beach
with great views of the downtown skyline.
Tickets are $4.25 each way (bikes ride free).
Coaster Coronado Ferry
Old Town Trolley Tours offers a guided
tour with on-and-off privileges through
Balboa Park, downtown, and Coronado.
The entertaining trolley drivers are brimming with historic facts and trivia. Group
reservations are also available.
GoCar Tours, San Diego’s fleet of
three-wheeled mini-cars, is based in
Little Italy. Up to two people can jump
into these topless miniature vehicles and
enjoy a GPS-guided audio tour highlighting 100 San Diego sites.
Balboa Park has a free tram that
provides access to the park’s museums
and attractions. Park in the Inspiration
Point lot and wait at Tram Central. Trams
arrive every eight to 10 minutes (at peak
times, 20 to 40 minutes).
Cinderella Carriage Co. offers
horse-drawn carriage tours along the
Embarcadero and the Gaslamp Quarter.
Another Side of San Diego
Tours and Wheel Fun Rentals
offer Segway tours. You’ll see
major landmarks and points
of interest while having way
more fun than you ever
would on foot.
Car2Go operates a fleet of blue-and-white Smart Cars that you can rent by the
minute, the hour, or the day. A one-time
membership fee of $35 is required; after
that, the cost is just 38 cents plus tax per
minute. (Plus, street parking is free, even
at a city meter.)
Heading up the coast? Take the (aptly
named) Coaster to Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, or Oceanside for $5.50 one
way from Santa Fe Depot or Old Town.
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner makes it
easy to arrange a two-destination vacation. The train runs down the California
coast, serving key locations like Santa
Barbara, Los Angeles, and Anaheim, and
makes two stops in San Diego.