Getting Around Town
FROM THE AIRPORT
GETTING AROUND TOWN
The San Diego International
Airport is a 10-minute ride
from downtown. Take a cab for
about $18 or hop on the San Diego
Metropolitan Transit System’s Airport
Flyer (Route 992) for $2.25 (children
ages 5 and under ride free).
The San Diego Trolley light rail system
stops at various points of interest
around San Diego County, including
Fashion Valley Mall, Qualcomm Stadium,
downtown and the U.S.-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 per
ride, but for $5–$7, you can buy a day pass
and get unlimited bus and trolley rides.
Pedicabs are available daily on
most downtown streets, particularly
in the Gaslamp Quarter and along
around the city
is easy with
can pick up or
drop off a bike
The 15-minute ferry to Coronado
departs from two locations: Broadway
Pier and behind the Convention Center.
Tickets are $4.25 each way. Children ages
3 and under are free. 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 historical facts and trivia.
Group reservations are also available.
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.
Another Side of San Diego Tours and Wheel Fun Rentals both
offer Segway tours. You’ll see major landmarks and points of
interest while having way more fun than you ever would on foot.
Head up to Solana Beach,
Encinitas, Carlsbad or
Oceanside on the Coaster from
downtown, or travel east to west in
North County on the Sprinter.
GoCar Tours, San Diego’s
fleet of three-wheeled mini
cars, is based in Little Italy.
Enjoy a GPS-guided audio tour
highlighting 100 city sites.
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.
Ride back in time on a restored 1946 San Diego Vintage Trolley
Car that loops downtown with stops at Santa Fe Depot, Seaport
Village, the Gaslamp and more.
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 41 cents plus
tax per minute. (Plus, street parking is free, even at a city meter.)
A private car can deliver you to your
destination anywhere in town with
Uber or Lyft. Both services have easy-to-download apps for cashless payments.