San Diego is blessed with year-round mild temperatures and sunny skies making getting around a breeze! Many San Diego neighborhoods are very walkable like Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Pacific Beach. However, traveling between neighborhoods such as Carlsbad and Mission Bay could require additional means of transportation.
For getting from the north reaches at Camp Pendleton and Oceanside to the Mexican border at Imperial Beach and to every gorgeous beach and exciting neighborhood in between, there are options for public transportation for you and your family!
Finding Your Way to and Around San Diego
When you’re looking to travel into San Diego on public transport from other parts of California like Los Angeles, San Francisco and beyond, consider the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner. Amtrak operates trains that connect San Diego to major cities along the West Coast and throughout the United States such as Denver, Dallas, Chicago and even New York!
When looking to travel from the Oceanside area southwards towards the Santa Fe Depot and Downtown San Diego, the San Diego Coaster is a great option that hugs the Pacific coastline and offers incredible views!
Options for Getting Around Once in San Diego
Once you’ve arrived in San Diego at the San Diego International Airport, train station or bus station, you will have multiple options for local public transportation.
The San Diego Trolley is safe, affordable and reliable for tourists and locals alike. With stops at the Convention Center, Old Town, Little Italy, Mission Valley Mall and San Diego State University, the Trolley even travels south to the Mexican border and is great for getting around!
San Diego also features an extensive public bus system for making connections to neighborhoods not served by other public transportation options.
Don’t forget rideshare and taxi options such as Uber and Lyft which are a convenient and safe way to travel. These options offer door to door service to specific destinations like a trip to the front entrance of a popular attraction like the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, just east of Escondido in the San Pasqual Valley or a romantic night on the town!