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San Diego Transportation

San Diego Califonia Transportation - San Diego is a diverse city, rich in ethnic heritage, artistry, architectural beauty, and a scenery that is unsurpassed. San Diego has been called a big outdoor playground. With opportunities to snorkel, windsurf, kayak, or in-line skate, this is a city that will be thoroughly enjoyed by visitors.

The San Diego International Airport (SAN) is close to downtown. Public transportation is available in the form of the Metro Bus or the Trolley. The airport also offers free terminal to terminal transportation via the Red Bus. Car rentals are available at the airport. Shuttle vans and buses are very popular and convenient and are available at the Transportation Plazas across Terminals 1 and 2 and curbside at the Commuter Terminal.

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San Diego is very walkable – especially the historic downtown area, Balboa Park, and Mission Hills. Ideally you will reach these areas by the bus or trolley.

Buses are offered from the MTS Transit. The San Diego bus system works, however it can be somewhat slow at times. Bus stops are marked by rectangular blue signs every other block. Bus fares are moderate. For more information about the San Diego transit system, visit

The Trolley system is a great option for visitors staying downtown. It offers three routes, or three Lines. The Blue Line travels from the Mexican border through downtown and Old Town. The Orange Line runs from downtown east through Lemon Grove and El Cajon. The Green Line runs from Old Town through Mission Valley to Qualcomm Stadium. The Day Tripper pass offers unlimited rides on the MTS bus and trolley routes, and are good for multiple days. These are highly recommended as they will save visitor’s a fortune in transportation costs.

San Diego also offers the Coaster, a rail commuter service that travels between downtown Santa Fe Depot station and the Oceanside Transit Center. Fares are slightly higher than the bus and trolley; however some routes are a very nice and scenic ride.

Taxi service is available throughout the city, but since San Diego is spread widely, costs could rise quickly. It would be much more affordable in this city to avoid taxis if at all possible.

San Diego is a great city to explore by bicycle, and it offers bike lanes on most roads. The San Diego Ridelink offers a comprehensive map of bike paths, bike lanes, and bike routes. These bike maps are available at all of the visitor centers or by calling 800-266-6883.

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San Diego Interesting Facts

  • The population of San Diego is over 2 million.
  • San Diego is the tenth largest financial center in North America.
  • San Diego is the second largest city in California.
  • San Diego was earlier named San Miguel.
  • Hua Mei was the first baby panda to be born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990, at the San Diego Zoo.
  • San Diego has 70 miles of beautiful beaches.
  • The Hotel Del Coronado is the largest wooden structure in the U.S.
  • Thomas Edison designed and added one of the first light bulbs in the Hotel Del Coronado.
  • Bill Gates, Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, and Leonardo DeCaprio call San Diego their home.
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