San Diego International
Airport is served by 22
airlines, with direct flights
from more than 40 cities.
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. A day pass is $5 a day,
or pay $2.50 for a single ride.
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.
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.)
The ferry to Coronado departs from two
locations: Broadway Pier and behind the San
Diego Convention Center. The trip takes 15
minutes and drops you off at the Coronado
Ferry Landing, with shops, restaurants, and
a beach with great views of the downtown
skyline. Tickets are $4.25 each way (bikes
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 downtown, or
San Diego Trolley
For $3 per day, per rider, visitors can hop
aboard the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Shuttle
for a six-stop that connects Harbor Island to
the South Embarcadero, near the San Diego
Convention Center. The $3 ticket price
allows riders on and off privileges for the entire
day. The shuttle will run from Memorial Day
through Labor Day weekend.
FROM THE AIRPORT:
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).
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner runs down the coast
from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, stopping in
key locations along the way, like Santa Barbara,
Los Angeles, and Anaheim. The train makes two
stops in San Diego: the Old Town Transit Center, and downtown at the Santa Fe Depot. Both
locations connect to the San Diego Trolley.
Several car rental companies have
shuttles running from the San
Diego airport to the rental loca-
tion. Use the courtesy phones
near the baggage claim areas
to arrange a pickup from
your desired rental com-
pany, or simply hop on a
shuttle at the Terminal 1
center traffic aisle or the
traffic island at the far
west end of Terminal 2.
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Old Town Trolley Tours offers a guided
tour with on-and-off privileges through
Balboa Park, downtown, Coronado, and
more. The entertaining trolley drivers are
brimming with historic facts and trivia.
Group reservations are also available.