No Car, No Problem – How to Navigate San Diego Without a Car

You’ve planned your trip to San Diego — everything is ready to go, you have a list of things to do around the city, and you’re getting excited for the trip. But have you thought about how you’re going to get from place to place? With our popular public transportation systems, extensive bike trails, and miles of beach boardwalk, getting around San Diego without a car is easier than you might think.

Take the Trolley

The most popular mode of public transportation in San Diego is the San Diego Trolley System. This extensive light rail connects all San Diego neighborhoods in a convenient, above-ground rail system. With a one-way ticket priced at $2.50 and a day pass priced at $5, this is an inexpensive way to see the city sans car. Find route information, maps, and trolley times on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website.

Grab a Bike

With a ton of bike paths available, San Diego is easy to explore on two wheels. Pedal your way through beautiful beach neighborhoods and explore new areas of the city. We recommend riding around Sail Bay, a lovely pocket of the larger Mission Bay. Stop for an iced coffee, a local craft beer, or a game of pick-up volleyball.

Looking to head inland? Ride along the San Diego River Bike Path, a 20-mile stretch that runs from Ocean Beach into Mission Valley. The entire path is car-free, creating the most scenic and laid-back of California commutes.

Walk the Boardwalk

Connecting Pacific Beach to Mission Beach, the boardwalk is one of the city’s most popular promenades. As you walk from PB to MB, stop into restaurants, check out the surf shops, ride a wave or two at Wavehouse, or sip a giant margarita at Baja Beach Café. Walk, bike, or skate along the boardwalk and keep an eye out for Slomo, the boardwalk’s resident “slow-motion” rollerblader.

Travel by Boat

Headed to Coronado Island? Hop on the Bay Ferry from the B Street Pier and enjoy a lovely 15-minute ride across the water. Ferries depart on the hour, and tickets can be purchased both online and in person at the dock. Spend the day exploring the island, learning about the haunting history of the famous Hotel Del Coronado, and soak up some sun on the beach.