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Transportation in San Diego
FROM THE AIRPORT
GETTING AROUND TOWN
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
ages five and under ride free).
The San Diego Trolley light rail system
has routes to various points of inter-
est 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
to see the full
the San Diego
The 15-minute ferry to Coronado
departs from two locations: Broad-
way Pier and behind the Convention
Center. Tickets are $4.25 each way
(bikes ride free).
Car2Go operates a f leet 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.)
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. 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.
Another Side of San Diego Tours and Wheel Fun Rent-
als 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.
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.
A private car can deliver you to your destination anywhere in
town with Uber or the more affordable UberX. Using their
app, you can request a car and pay via your mobile phone.