Getting Around San Diego
The best way to get around San Diego is by car. You'll find that the trolley and bus routes aren't as well-connected as in other cities, so to fully experience everything, you're better off controlling your own mobility. You can rent a car from the San Diego International Airport (SAN) -- located about three miles northwest of central city -- or you can take a taxi for about $10 and then rent a car once you arrive in town. There is also a shuttle that connects the airport to several areas, including downtown and Mission Beach. A one-way trip starts at about $8 per person.
|On Foot||Once you've decided on a neighborhood to explore, you'll find that the heel-to-toe method works rather well. However, when it comes to covering more ground, your own two feet probably won't cut it.|
|Car||You'll find having a car makes it more convenient to get off the beaten path to the city's most beautiful beaches and one-of-a-kind restaurants. And finding your way should be easy, as much of the city's streets are laid out on a grid and most of the key sites have good signage. Keep some coins in the center console; like many big cities, San Diego streets are dotted with metered parking, especially in the popular tourist areas. Rental car agencies can be found at the airport and in town.|
Most say the city's Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus is not as consistent as other major cities' systems, and though there's a trolley, it mainly services the Old Town area. Fares for both bus and trolley can fluctuate, but day passes generally cost $5. Check with MTS for more detailed information on current fares and routes.
|Taxi||There are at least a dozen or so taxi companies servicing the San Diego area, so you'll never have trouble finding a cab if you need one. However, rates are based on mileage, meaning a trip from central city to outer communities like La Jolla can add up pretty quickly. You're better off renting a car if you plan on covering a lot of the city.|
|Ferry or Water Taxi||
Ferries run regularly between Downtown's Broadway Pier and Coronado. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and one-way tickets cost $3.75 per person. You can also catch a water taxi from any dock along San Diego Bay for a flat rate of about $7 per person to most locations. However, water taxis only run on weekends.