Bags are packed, plane tickets are booked and the trip to San Diego is official. And with the amount of options available, getting around the city is just as easy as getting into it. Whether you just need a ride from the airport to your hotel or are looking to get in, out and around the city for the week, there are a number of cheap and convenient options to make your trip a good one.
Located just a few minutes from the airport in Little Italy, TravCar
provides rental car services with prices ranging from $13 to $180 a day, dependent on the type of car being rented. Reservations can be made online in advance or at the counters.
The Yellow Cab of San Diego is a reliable way to travel, as well as affordable—just $2.70 a mile. Once in San Diego, you can call (619)444-4444, text 777222 for service or make a reservation online.
Renting a car is not the only option to getting around San Diego. The Metropolitan Transit System
has bus and trolley routes that service nearly all parts of the county. The San Diego trolley has 53 stations and runs on three lines (the Orange, Blue and Green). It hits many of popular places around San Diego such as the Gaslamp Quarter, Convention Center, Seaport Village and Old Town
. While the trolley doesn’t run to the airport, the bus does. There are 89 fixed MTS bus routes, including two that run to the airport and others that also stop at the Gaslamp Quarter
, San Diego Zoo
, Sea World
, Old Town
and nearly any other popular destination. One way fare runs at $2.25 for the bus and $2.50 for the trolley, but day passes can be purchased for $5. The Coaster, a rail commuter system, runs from downtown San Diego to North County (including Oceanside, Carlsbad, Solona Beach & Encinitas). Route maps, time schedules and a list of points of interest can all be found on the MTS website.
Although busses run to and from the airport, hiring a shuttle, limo or private sedan with Executive Limousine and Sedan Inc.
may be the easiest way to initially get into the city. Cloud 9 Shuttle is conveniently located at the airport and reservations can be made in advance. Shuttle prices are often low since you share the van with other passengers headed in the same direction. Reservations are recommended but not necessary. Cloud 9 also offers a luxury sedan service; however, advance reservations are needed. If you really want to shell out for some luxury, or have a large group to accommodate, San Diego has its fair share of limo service companies. Both Avant-Garde and Harbor Limos have services running to and from the airport, and also rent out luxury sedans and SUVs