Navigating San Diego can be a breeze – with the right mode of transportation. While the trolley and bus routes are available, they may not offer the level of connectivity found in other metropolises. To take in all the sights and sounds fully, renting a car is the best bet. The San Diego International Airport is conveniently located just 2 1/2 miles from the city center, and car rental options are plentiful. For those seeking immediate transportation upon arrival, taxis are readily available, but fare prices may fluctuate depending on traffic. Expect to pay about $12 to $15 for a one-way trip to downtown San Diego. Take control of your San Diego journey – rent a car and make the most of your stay.
The city’s Metropolitan Transit System isn’t convenient the way other big metropolitan areas, such as San Francisco, D.C. or New York City, are. The trolley is great for quick trips in and around downtown, stopping at the San Diego Convention Center and Santa Fe Depot Amtrak train station, but its network doesn’t go to too many neighborhoods beyond that. The bus routes cover much more ground, but since some of San Diego’s biggest attractions are spread out, you could end up being on the bus for a long time. Fares for both the bus and trolley can fluctuate depending on the route, but one-way fares cost between $2.50 and $5. Day passes, which are good for unlimited rides on most MTS bus and trolley routes, cost $6. Check with MTS for more detailed information on current fares and routes. Most bus routes operate seven days a week, with varying hours. The city does not offer round-the-clock bus service.