No Car, No Problem: How to Get Around San Diego Without a Car

When visiting a new destination, it’s important to figure out how you’ll be getting around. Is it possible to enjoy your stay in San Diego without a car? Absolutely! Despite Southern California’s reputation as a driving destination, San Diego offers the convenience of an urban escape. With a growing public transportation system, bike paths, boardwalks, ferries, and more to take advantage of, you’ll find that the city is becoming easier and easier to navigate without a car. 

Catch the Trolley

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System is a cheap and easy way to get around San Diego County. Known as the “Trolley,” San Diego’s metro trains run on three lines and service over 50 areas of the city, meaning they can take you to many of the city’s most popular hot spots. 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. 

Explore by Bike

San Diego is known for being a bicycle-friendly city, so getting around town on two wheels is a pretty popular transportation option. You’ll be able to enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze, and you’ll get some exercise while you’re at it. Going to the beach? Cruise the route known as the Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile path reserved for cyclists, providing riders with a convenient way to commute safely without having to worry about sharing the road with vehicles. Guests should feel free to ask the front desk for recommendations on rental bike stations that are currently open.

Take a Walk

Stroll along Shelter Island for scenic views of the marina, or head to the beach and discover the bustling stretch of boardwalk between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. Connecting the two popular destinations, this boardwalk is full of restaurants, specialty shops, bars, and more. Look for Slomo, the resident rollerblader who is known for skating in “slow motion.” Wherever you stroll, you’ll find that it gives you time to enjoy just how spectacular San Diego’s scenery really is.

Hop on the Ferry

If you’re looking to venture across the bay to Coronado Island, take advantage of the Coronado Ferry. A cheap and scenic option for getting across the bay, this 15-minute cruise is perfect for those who enjoy being on the water. Not only will you get the water views, but you’ll enjoy visiting one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Pro tip: Grab a seat on the roof for better views of the bay during your trip.

Share the Ride

Ride-sharing is always a great option if you need to travel longer distances than your bike, feet, or even a scooter can take you. Uber and Lyft are the two most prominent, but upstart rideshare service Bounce is also making inroads in the San Diego market. Ultimately, you’re never far from your next ride, and the fares are usually quite reasonable (of course, ride-sharers are expected to be courteous, and wear masks while in their driver’s vehicle). 

Cab It

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.

Take advantage of all these lovely modes of transportation to get around our beautiful city. If you aren’t based in San Diego, then treat yourself to a visit and explore with ease. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you plan your car-free itinerary. Check out our latest offers and start planning your stay today.