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Getting In and Around San Diego

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San Diego welcomes millions of visitors every year owing to its perfect weather, its dazzling beaches, and many notable tourist destinations such as Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Belmont amusement park and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego is served by a network of freeways and highways and more than half of the residents rely on automobile as the primary mode of transportation.

A map guide on getting in-and-around San Diego


Travel to San Diego by Air

San Diego is served by the San Diego International Airport (SAN). The other two general-aviation airports operated by the city are Montgomery Field (MYF) and Brown Field (SDM).

San Diego International Airport

SAN is a public airport, owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. In the United States, San Diego is the busiest single runway commercial International airport and it  is also ranked the world's second-busiest single-use runway after Gatwick Airport.  Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are the top five carriers in San Diego.

Address:
3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States
Phone:
Website:
www.san.org

Getting to and from the airport

Services to get to and from the airport are provided by Greyhound bus, Airport shuttles and all major international car-rental companies. An airport taxi to downtown may charge an average fare of $10 to $15, plus tip.

West Coast Rent a Car:
Independent and smaller car rental also offers services to and from the airport. They provide FREE pick up from Airport, Hotels & Anywhere within 5 mile radius.

Address: 834 W Grape
Phone: 619-544-0606
Website: www.supershuttle.com



A fantastic two days itinerary to San Diego!


Major Freeways and Highways in San Diego

  • Interstate 5: The route connects regions south to Tijuana and north to Los Angeles.

  • Interstate 8: It runs along areas east to Imperial County and the Arizona Sun Corridor.

  • Interstate 15: The route links northeastern parts via the Inland Empire to Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

  • Interstate 805: It separates from from I-5 nearby the Mexican border and reunites with I-5 at Sorrento Valley.

  • SR 94: It links downtown with I-15, I-805 and East County.

  • SR 163: It links downtown with the northeastern part of the city, make an intersection with I-805 and unites with I-15 at Miramar. A stretch of it passes through Balboa Park as the city's freeway and is tagged as one of America's most beautiful parkways.

  • SR 52: Via Santee and SR 125, it connects La Jolla with East County.

  • SR 56: Via Carmel Valley and Rancho Penasquitos, it connects I-5 with I-15.

  • SR 75: It crosses the city as Palm Avenue and passes the San Diego Bay as the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

  • SR 905: It links I-805 and I-5 to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

Getting Around San Diego City

Greyhound: It has direct buses to Los Angeles in hourly basis. It will cost you approximately $19 for two to three hours travel time.

Address: 1313 National Ave
Phone: 619-515-1100
Website: www.greyhound.com

Amtrak:
Amtrak operates the Pacific Surfliner in frequent intervals daily, starting from downtown’s historic Santa Fe Depot (1055 Kettner Blvd). The routes it follows are - San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles - San Diego.

San Diego to Los Angeles: Fare is $37 and takes around 21/2 hours
San Diego to Santa Barbara: Fare is $41 and takes around 51/2 hours

Phone: 800-872-7245
Website: www.amtrak.com

Fares for local transportation around San Diego

  • City buses: $2.25 to $2.50

  • Trolleys: $2.25

  • MTS bus 992: $2.25. It operates daily from 5am to 11pm daily, at an interval of every 15 to 30 minutes between the airport and downtown.

  • Metered taxis: $2.80 at flag fall, then $3 per mile.
Metropolitan Transit System: Operates South to the Mexico border.

Phone: 619-557-4555
Website: www.sdmts.com

MTS’s Transit Store: You can buy route maps, travel regional passes from MTS’s Transit Store. One-day passes can be purchased on-board buses. Cost of regional passes are $5/9/12/15 for one/two/three/four days

Address: 102 Broadway
Phone: 619-234-1060
Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
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