If you’ve visiting San Diego without a car (or even if you are) this is the fun and easy way to get to Coronado. The two ferry routes depart from docks near the Convention Center and Broadway Pier downtown, and it only take about 15 minutes to cruise across the bay. The Broadway Pier shuttles are especially nice as you’ll get an eyeful of the U.S.S. Midway from an angle that tourists visiting the carrier itself don’t get to see.
Bikes and Segways are OK to bring along (although space is limited) but your bigger wheels will have to stay behind: the ferries don’t take cars. The dock in Coronado is near a small marketplace of shops and restaurants, the Bayshore/Silver Strand Bikeway and a small beach, and a short walk through Centennial Park brings you right into Orange Avenue.
See this website for ticket fees and current schedules:
The only other way to the “island” is by car or city bus over the Coronado Bridge, or the long way around the Silver Strand
The Coronado Ferry is a great way to go to and from San Diego while staying in Coronado. Even if you have the use of a car, I sugguest taking the trip at least once.
The Ferry to and from San Diego runs frequently throughout the day and evening, about every hour. As a pedestrian ferry, no cars are transported, like in it's orginal operating days. However bicycles and Segways are allowed.
The ticket booth is located at the end of the dock at the Ferry Landing Market Place and also on Harbor Drive at Broadway next to the Harbor Cruise ticket booth.
Think of it as a mini—harbor tour.
The year round schedule is:
-- from the Coronado Ferry Landing every hour on the half hour 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday) .
The one-way fare is $4.25 per person, add $.50 for bike if you bring your own.
-- from the Broadway Pier every hour on the hour, 9 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
FYI: There is an early morning commuter ferry service for those going to NASNorth Island, which begins at 5:40 am.
Cruise Ships are coming into the port of San Diego all the time, it is simple to catch the Ferry or a water taxi to Coronado near the cruise ship dock. In the reverse, while staying in Coronado take the Ferry or water taxi across the bay to downtown SD, the Gaslamp Quarter or even a tour of SD Bay by Harbor Excursion. A day trip to Mexico can be fun.
There are two departure points from San Diego for the Ferry: Broadway Pier and the Convention Center. The price at the moment is $4.25 for adults and children under three are Free. The Ferry runs between 9:00 am and about 10:25 pm.
The Water Taxi is more expensive, $7.25 one way, but can be more convenient because they do pick-up along the Bay's coast, even from hotels or restaruants that have a dock. Call 235-TAXI (8294)
Coronado is connected with San Diego downtown by scheduled ferries (every 30 min). Take a ferry (harbour excursion) from Ferrylanding dock in Coronado to Broadway Pier in San Diego downtown.