Public Transportation Information
Public transportation exists and can be used to get around San Diego effectively. Some buses run late at night (up to around midnight) but this doesn't apply to all routes so it requires planning. Overall, renting a car will add to your enjoyment of a trip to San Diego if you want to "see it all."
The San Diego metropolitan area is large and sprawling. If possible, car travel is the most efficient way of navigating the city and county. Throughout the Downtown and beach communities on-street parking is metered. Parking meters accept coins, pre-paid Parking Meter Cards, and some newer meters accept credit cards.
Yellow Cab: 619-444-4444 or make a reservation online
Orange Cab: 619-223-5555 or 619-291-3333
San Diego Cab: 800-368-2947 or 619-226-TAXI (8294)
Super Shuttle: 800-258-3826
The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) operates bus service to almost all parts of the county, although service in many areas is sparse and infrequent.
There is bus service every 15 minutes or more frequently (at least on weekdays) between Downtown San Diego and a number of destinations useful to tourists. These include the Airport, the Zoo, and neighborhoods such as Hillcrest, North Park, and La Jolla (about an hour ride). There is frequent service to Sea World from the Old Town Transit Center, where the trolley stops. Service from Downtown to Coronado and Ocean Beach is only once every 30 minutes.
Click here for a MTS trolley map. Trolley station is 3/4 mile from the hotel at the Old Town Terminal.
Trolley fare is $2.25 for local/neighborhood routes, $2.25 for urban routes, and $2.50 for express routes. Transfers are not available. Day passes (which also include rides on the Trolley and a $2 discount on Coaster fares) cost $5. All downtown buses intersect with Broadway at some point.
Visit: www.amtrak.com for more information.
Map of train stations and bus stops near the Hotel