Trains & Trolleys
Travelers from along the West Coast and beyond can book a seat or berth on an Amtrak train and relax while they enjoy great views of the Pacific Ocean. While in San Diego, visitors can also use the region's San Diego Trolley and Coaster trains to explore the region by rail.
Ride the Red Trolley
If you're staying in and around downtown San Diego or just east of the city, the iconic bright red trolley isa fun way to get around. The San Diego Trolley provides convenient services from key locations including the Santa Fe Depot and the San Diego Convention Center, crisscrossing through downtown and out to Old Town, Mission Valley, El Cajon and Santee.
There are three trolley lines (Blue, Orange and Green) that service the downtown San Diego communities and beyond, covering 51 miles of track, and 53 stations total. Fares run from $1.50 to $3 one-way and trolleys run an average of every 15 minutes, 7 minutes during peak and 30 minutes during off-peak hours.
For current information on Bus and Trolley Service, visit the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
Old Town Trolley
Another fun way to travel to the main tourist areas of San Diego is on anOld Town Trolley Tour. The Trolley stops at 11 places including Old Town, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Little Italy and Balboa Park. They also offer a La Jolla and Mission Bay route. You can either ride on the full two-hour narrated historic tour, or hop on and off at different stops throughout the day. They also offer two-day passes and combination options with their land-and-water SEAL Tours.
Coastal Train Rides
The Santa Fe Depot, located in downtown San Diego on Kettner Blvd and Broadway, is the main hub for Amtrak, providing various coastal train services from downtown San Diego to Oceanside and beyond.
There are plenty of connecting services from the Oceanside station, including the Sprinter inland rail that t ravels east to Escondido. You may also ride the Pacific Surfliner train from San Diego to Solana Beach and Oceanside plus Anaheim, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and many places in between.
Hop on the Coaster
Daily, the North County Transit District's Coaster trains connect downtown San Diego and Old Town with coastal communities throughout the county including Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. These trains offer visitors car-free access to some of the most charming beach communities in the region, as well as a relaxing ride with breathtaking coastal scenery. There are more than 20 trains that run on weekdays with additional service on weekends. The entire coaster route from Oceanside to the Santa Fe Depot downtown takes about an hour. An adult round-trip fare from downtown San Diego to Oceanside is inexpensive, and children aged 5 and under ride free.
Take the Sprinter
The newest option is the east-west SPRINTER light rail train system that connects Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. The 22-mile long rail system runs along the Highway 78 corridor, serving 15 stations, and running every 30 minutes. Adult one-way fares are inexpensive, and children aged 5 and under ride free. A regional day pass, valid on the Sprinter, Trolley and buses throughout the county, is also available.
San Diego offers many modes of public transportation providing travelers with economical and eco-friendly options to explore the region.
There are plenty of lines and routes that are serviced throughout San Diego. Be sure to check timetables and schedules, and plan your routes in advance.
Taxis & Shuttles
San Diego shuttle services are a convenient way to navigate the city and are ideal for airport pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as going to and from the convention center and cruise ship terminal. There are also local shuttle companies that offer sightseeing tours, daily excursions, and transportation for weddings and private parties.
Shuttle service from the airport is available at the transportation plazas across from the San Diego Airport Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside from the Commuter Terminal.
Taxicab stands are located at the airport, most hotels, attractions and shopping centers. Base fare and rates are displayed on the meter and include a flag drop charge plus a per-mile and/or a per-hour charge. If you are traveling from the airport, they will also add $1.50 to your final total. Follow this link for more information on taxi rates in San Diego. Uber is also well established in San Diego and now has access to service San Diego's airport.
Pedicabs & Carriages
Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are popular ways to travel along downtown's waterfront and in the Gaslamp Quarter. Tours are readily available as well, providing a unique way to explore San Diego's downtown communities.
On the Water
This passenger ferry, owned and operated by Flagship Cruises & Events, runs regularly across San Diego Bay, between the Broadway Pier and the Convention Center in downtown San Diego and the Coronado Ferry Landing.Fifteen minutes each way, the ferry ride provides gorgeous views of the downtown skyline and the Coronado Bridge.
San Diego Water Taxi offers on-call transportation services in San Diego Bay Friday through Sunday. Service runs between Downtown and Coronado, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery and beautiful downtown skylines from the water.
Just for Fun
Other options for exploring San Diego include renting a bike, Segway or GoCar (GPS-guided storytelling car). For quick trips around downtown or adjacent communities, try Car2Go's Smart Car rentals. It's fun to drive and you can park the cars almost anywhere.
DecoBike, San Diego's only citywide bike share, has 170 solar-powered bike sharing stations and more than 1,700 bicycles. There are two ways to rent a DecoBike bicycle. You can sign up for an annual or monthly membership online or rent a bike at the station for a shortterm casual ride.
However you choose to explore San Diego, we invite you to relax and enjoy the ride!