Visiting San Diego Without a Car

Flying into San Diego? Great choice! Still, once you land, it may be a daunting prospect to figure out how you’re going to get yourself to all the great attractions, sights and must-see stops around the city while you’re here. Thankfully, “America’s Finest City” has you covered! Given our growing public transportation system, bike paths, boardwalks, ferries, and more, visiting San Diego without a car is easier than ever.

Here are just a few of the great ways you can get where you need to be during your stay.


Take the Trolley

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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is a simple and cost-effective way to get around San Diego County. The city’s metro trains run on three lines, and riders can use the trolley to reach many of the city’s most popular attractions. At just $2.50 for a one-way ticket to any station, and $8 for a Day Pass (which is good to be used on any bus or trolley the whole day), this option is both efficient and budget-friendly. San Diego also has a local line that runs from north country all the way down to the southern border, as well as a local old town trolley which takes visitors to the most popular spots.


Explore by Bike

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San Diego is well-known as a bicycle-friendly city, so getting around town on two wheels is always a good option — especially given our sunshine and sea breeze. The 24-mile route known as the Bayshore Bikeway is reserved exclusively for cyclists and provides riders with a convenient way to get around town safely without having to deal with vehicle traffic. Disco’s Paddle Surf (Directly across the street from us) is always more than happy to rent our guests a ride.


Get Your Steps In

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San Diego is a very walkable city, so you’ll do just fine striking out on foot. Go for a stroll along Shelter Island for scenic marina views, or discover the bustling stretch of shoreline boardwalk between Mission and Pacific Beaches (which is packed with great restaurants, specialty shops, bars, and more). Wherever you wander to, you’ll find that stopping to smell the roses gives you time to enjoy just how lovely San Diego’s scenery really is.


Hop on the Ferry

While here, be sure to hop on the Coronado Ferry to visit one of the most scenic spots in the city: Coronado Island. It’s a quick 15-minute jaunt that offers a visually spectacular and economical option for getting across the bay. You’ll be able to enjoy panoramic water views while you experience one of the city’s most visited areas. For the best eyeful of the water and skyline, locals know to grab a seat on the roof of the ferry during the trek.


Rideshare Services

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Although it’s one of the newer options for getting around town, ride-sharing is always a great option. Uber and Lyft are the two most prominent on the national scene. However, upstart rideshare service Bounce is also making big inroads in the San Diego area. A ride to just about anywhere in the metro can be ordered via smartphone apps in minutes. You’re never far from your next trip, and the fares are usually quite reasonable.



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FRED (an acronym for Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) is a convenient shuttle that operates in San Diego. The hours and coverage area are admittedly a little limited, but if you’re already in the heart of the city, then FRED’s open-air shuttles are easy to hop on and off from nearly any corner. And if you need to travel any further away, FRED makes many stops that can connect you with other mass-transit options with a larger radius.


Jump On a Scooter

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Electric scooters from companies like Lime, Bird and Spin have recently begun to pop up in San Diego, and they’re fast becoming a favorite way to get around. These convenient and fun “last mile” transportation options are easy to ride, and even easier to access. Just download the corresponding app, use a GPS-linked map to find a scooter, and unlock it with your smartphone. From there, you can zip around to your heart’s content.


Grab a Cab

In addition to ride-share services, San Diego is also home to many traditional taxi companies. Each is only a phone call away and will be happy to take you anywhere you’d like to be. Andy’s Cab (619-981-0621), AK Cab (619-306-9761), and City Captain Transportation (619-800-3515) are all highly rated by locals and visitors alike.

Any of these convenient modes of transportation is a greatways to get around the city. Our friendly team is always more than happy to help you plan your car-free itinerary. Check out our latest offers and start planning your stay today!