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Where is San Diego?

San Diego is the USA’s 8th largest city, and is located at the south end of the Californian coast, and the city’s metropolitan area is immediately adjacent to the US-Mexico border.

How far is Downtown from the airport?

San Diego International Airport is conveniently located, approximately 5kms from the heart of the downtown area. A typical taxi fare from the airport to downtown would range from $12 to $15 dollars. The airport is also served by the Metropolitan Transit System bus route #992. Most rental car agencies have airport facilities and/or provide service to arriving visitors.

How long does it take to drive to various places around the San Diego region?

A lot of people say that everything is “20 minutes away” in San Diego. While that’s not exactly true, most everything is conveniently located in San Diego. The table below will give you an idea of travel times from the city centre that can be expected under normal circumstances.

Coronado – 7 minutes
Escondido – 30 minutes
Hotel Circle – 10 minutes
La Jolla – 20 minutes
Mission Bay – 15 minutes
Oceanside – 45 minutes
San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) – 10 minutes
Tijuana – 30 minutes
Ensenada – 2 hours

How long does it take to get to San Diego from Los Angeles?

San Diego is 2 hours south of Los Angeles. From LA you can fly, get the Amtrak train from Union Station or Anaheim, drive or organise private transportation.

How do I travel to Tijuana and Baja California, Mexico from San Diego?

Tijuana is approximately 16 miles (25 kilometres) south of downtown San Diego. The recommended method to travel to Tijuana is to take the Trolley to the border and walk across. Crossing the border by car generally takes longer, with long lines at the border crossing. You will need a valid passport to travel across the border. Check this page for more information on crossing the Mexican border.

How many different neighbourhoods are there within San Diego, and which one best suits which kind of trip?

With 100 distinct neighbourhoods in San Diego, here is a breakdown of the county:

  • Mission Beach & Bay Area – Home to Seaworld, beaches and a laid back vibe.
  • Mission Valley & Old Town – lots of shopping and history! A great central location to use the trolley/Light Rail to get around.
  • Downtown – the centre of the action with easy walking access to the Gaslamp quarter known for great bars and nightlife.
  • Coronado – its home to the famous grand Victorian Hotel Del Coronado a fabulous place for couples or if you have clients who are on a friends’ trip.
How far is LEGOLAND from San Diego downtown area?

LEGOLAND is 40 minutes from downtown located in Carlsbad. It’s best to do it either on your way to or from San Diego.

Which attractions are a part of the 3 for 1 pass?
  1. SeaWorld
  2. San Diego Zoo
  3. San Diego Safari Park
What does the GO San Diego card include?

The Go San Diego Card includes admission to more than 35 top attractions for one low price! Attractions include the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California, all the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Harbor Excursions, Birch Aquarium, USS Midway Museum and many more!

Do what you like at your own pace on an unlimited basis. Cards are available in 1-, 2-, 3-, 5- and 7-day increments and a guidebook is included for free. The 3-, 5- and 7-day passes also include admission to SeaWorld San Diego.

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June 2020
  • Top Gun fans rejoice! A sequel is on the horizon…
    Tom Cruise shared an Instagram post during filming back in 2018, with a post that read ‘FEEL THE NEED’ while he donned a flight suit, carrying the exact same helmet he wore in the 1986 original. At the time, he was spotted filming at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, located across San Diego Bay from Downtown, and many of the locations from the film are based in sunny San Diego. Look out for the film at a cinema near you from 26 June 2020!
November 2019
  • San Diego Moxy Opened its Doors
    Designed from the ground up, and as a social space for guests, the Moxy is a great accommodation option for your next visit to San Diego.
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