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Getting In & Around San Diego

Getting around any new city can be an intimidating and daunting challenge. Luckily for you we have compiled some helpful information about getting into, out of, and around San Diego.

By Plane

1014 AirportIf you haven’t booked your airfare yet, the closest airport is San Diego International Airport (SAN). The airport is about three miles away from the San Diego Convention Center where the CEC 2015 Convention & Expo will take place. SAN is served by all major domestic carriers and it is a focus city airport for Southwest Airways.

By Train

San Diego is served by Amtrak, which operates rail service along the Pacific Surfliner Corridor stretching from Santa Barbara down to San Luis Obispo. San Diego’s Santa Fe Train Depot is less than a mile away from the San Diego Convention Center and CEC hotels.

By Bus

With daily arrivals from all around the country, bus service to San Diego is an excellent and economical way to trek to CEC 2015. The Greyhound Bus Station is located within walking distance to the San Diego Convention Center. Greyhound operates daily trips into and out of San Diego and connects to all major U.S. cities.

By Car

If you reside in the Southwest, why not consider driving in? San Diego is just two hours from Los Angeles and five hours from Phoenix and Las Vegas. There is onsite parking available at the San Diego Convention Center’s underground garage located below the building. The daily rate is $15 but that may increase to $25 on days when there is a special event at PETCO Park or downtown.


Getting Around Town

By Taxi

San Diego taxis charge a flat rate of $25 for travel between the airport and the San Diego Convention Center. Shuttle services are a convenient way to navigate the city and are ideal for airport pick-ups and drop-offs. Shuttle service from the airport is available at the transportation plazas across from SAN Terminals 1 and 2, and curbside from the Commuter Terminal.

By Public Transportation

1014 TrolleyThe San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) serves the people in and around San Diego. Get around the California’s second largest city with the following convenient public options:

  • Bus: route 992 directly services the airport and the downtown area.
  • Trolley: nearest stop to CEC 2015 is Convention Center on the green line.

Cash fare for all above options is $2.50 one-way. Or you can buy a day pass for $5.


Touring San Diego

By Boat

Interested in seeing many of the sights in San Diego? Hornblower Cruises & Events is a popular and fun way to see to combine sightseeing and wildlife watching. There are six tours a day and they leave from 970 N. Harbor Dr. Tickets start at $24 and you can save $3 by calling 619-686-8715 and mentioning code SD3D.

By Segway

Want a fun way to see the city? Try a Segway tour! San Diego has many companies that offer these fun riding tours from two hours to three hours and ranging in price from $89–$110/per tour. Wheel Fun Rentals, located next to the Santa Fe Depot, and Segway of Pacific Beach, located at 4150 Mission Blvd., both get great reviews.

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