By Car, San Diego

23 Reviews

Know about this? Rate It!

hide
  • By Car
    by cjg1
  • By Car
    by cjg1
  • Sylvain driving our little Ford Focus
    Sylvain driving our little Ford Focus
    by Jefie
  • laughingsun69's Profile Photo

    to san diego

    by laughingsun69 Updated Oct 23, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Great scenery on the road

    Hi i did a road trip to san diego from tuscon the scenery was nothing short of breath taking from desert to the mountains coming into california is awsome , id have to recomend hiring or buying a car for most american travelling, ill doing that when i go back and petrols very cheap,about $1.40a gallon u.s. very reasonable.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo

    Inexpensive Car Rentals!

    by lmkluque Updated Sep 25, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    If you are the type of person who likes to put on a great image, this is not the car rental place for you. If you are the type of person who wants to save on the cost of a vacation, then this may be an answer for you.

    State law requires that you carry car insurance and Car rental companies hold you responsible for any damage done to their cars so car insurance is a must. This company Bargin Auto Rentals is about the least expensive in the county of San Diego and the price of renting the car and being fully insured is about the same as, or in some cases less than just renting a car from one of the major companies before paying the insurance premiums. In other words, you car rental expenses are cut in half. Another advantage is that this company allows you to take their cars in to Mexico and they offer Mexican Insurance as well. Also, they offer free local pick up, so no matter where in San Diego City you're staying, even at the airport, they'll pick you up to rent the car.

    Their cars are older and show signs of wear, but are basically reliable and not so expensive.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo

    They have the cutest little taxis!!

    by travelgirl3 Written Oct 20, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Cute little taxi, San Diego, CA

    I don't know anything about these taxi's, except that they are extremely unusual, and very cute! They didn't look particularly safe, being open like that, but I suppose they'd be fine for a lark!

    If this isn't your ideal way of getting around, you could choose to travel in a pedi-cab, or in a horse-drawn carriage, or take the trolley.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    What car did I finally rent?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 23, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    My Buick Centry

    Do you need a car in San Diego? NO, public transportation is efficient.

    I finally rented Buick Century in Budget rent a car agency not to drive around San Diego but... over 11,500 miles around the West and the Southwest of the USA.

    Why just at Budget? Hmmm... Linda's son helped me a lot. He called to many rent a car agencies and I finally chose Budget because of the best price (they gave me a good discount). I was looking for a comfortable midsize car with unlimited mileage with possible driving to Canada (I was going to drive at least to Vancouver).
    .

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Adventure Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jefie's Profile Photo

    Rent a car to make the most of your trip

    by Jefie Written Oct 29, 2013

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Sylvain driving our little Ford Focus

    We usually rely on public transportation when we travel, but the best advice I could give to anyone traveling to San Diego for the first time would be to rent a car. The city is pretty spread out and there are several attractions that can only be reached by car. Driving in the city is fairly easy since traffic is relatively light and there is plenty of free parking available (SeaWorld is the only place where we had to pay for parking). There are plenty of car rental companies located near the airport, and we got the best deal from Enterprise.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Dabs's Profile Photo

    Getting to and from Los Angeles

    by Dabs Written Nov 11, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Carlsbad

    I've rented a car each of the three times I've headed to San Diego from Los Angeles, it's the easiest and most direct way to get there and should you time it right, it takes only about 2 hours by taking the major highways, the 405 and 5. But should you find that you want to take a more leisurely scenic drive along the coast, you can take highway 1 most of the way from LA to San Diego (I think it turns into historic highway 101 at some point).

    On my 2nd visit I headed north on highway 1 or 101, starting at Solana Beach and taking it up to Carlsbad and then reconnecting with the 5, it's a pretty drive with some interesting beach towns along the way. On our 3rd visit we took 1 or 101 all the way up to Long Beach before heading back over to the 405. With all the towns and stop lights, it obviously takes a lot longer to drive this route than the freeways. Lonely Planet's Los Angeles and Southern California has a decent section on what to see on San Diego's North Coast from Del Mar up to Oceanside.

    You could even make this a couple day drive with stops at some of the beach towns, San Juan Capistrano and Long Beach.

    Was this review helpful?

  • b1bob's Profile Photo

    Puttin' on the Ritz

    by b1bob Written Mar 17, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    limousine

    We then met Sean at his National City office where his customer, Mr. Gary Cooper, was waiting with a limousine to take Sean, Debbie, several colleagues or Sean's from work, to Qualcomm Park for the ball game. This was the first time I had ever been in anything like a limousine in my life without somebody important dying first. The limo was a black Lincoln Continental. It could seat as many as 9 people comfortably and still have room for a bar and 2 T.V.'s. It was easily 30 ft. (9 m.) long.

    Was this review helpful?

  • pacific_sol's Profile Photo

    Driving - the best way to get around

    by pacific_sol Written Aug 10, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The best way to get around would be to rent a car if you're not driving into the city. Many of the things to do in San Diego are spread out, and there's no way you'd be able to walk from.. lets say the Zoo to Sea World. The only place you'll run into any problems with parking would be downtown (there are pay lots, but it can get pricey), or by the beach.

    It isn't too complicated to drive in SD - the streets are mostly laid out in rough grid fashion (no round abouts or anything like that) and you have left turn arrows at stoplights (not left turn yields like in LA - those always stress me out when I'm up there!). There are 4 way stops in many communities - just make sure you fully stop and don't do a "California Rolling Stop" lest a police officer sees you and gives you a ticket for failing to stop. The freeways are also close to everything you would want to visit.

    Was this review helpful?

  • pacific_sol's Profile Photo

    Dial 511 for traffic information

    by pacific_sol Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    511 is a free service that was launched in San Diego County this year (2007) that provides up to date information on traffic accidents and conditions on the major highways. If you find yourself stuck in traffic, you can just call 511 from your cell phone and tell the voice activated system what freeway you want information for, and the up to date recording will tell you if there's an accident up ahead. The system can also estimate driving times based on the current traffic conditions between major points in the County. If you can't get the voice activated system to work (which happens if it can't understand what you're saying), the system also uses a touch tone system to access the same information.

    Unfortunately, much of San Diego's traffic congestion is due to construction on some of our major freeways, plus, drivers tend to slow down to see the non-accidents (like a driver with a flat tire)on the side of the road.

    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • squidly2's Profile Photo

    Parking Downtown!

    by squidly2 Updated Apr 3, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Parking in the Gaslamp tends to be overpriced. If there is a Padres game in town - plan your visit to the Gaslamp for a different night! Otherwise, the best deal is to park at Horton Plaza. It is a large, secure parking garage. TAKE YOUR TICKET WITH YOU. Enjoy the Gaslamp, then buy something really cheap in any store (even just a pack of gum - I prefer a cup of coffee.) Ask the store to "validate" your ticket and parking is free for 2 or 3 hours.

    For directions, see the website. There are a lot of reviews under "Things to do" for Horton Plaza itself.

    Was this review helpful?

  • That would depend on where...

    by AnneKLM Written Sep 7, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    That would depend on where you're coming from, of course!
    Get a car - please! :-)
    San Diego is a very big city, and to be able to get around you really need a car. While there is some public transportation, it's not very convenient.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Car required!

    by Srechko Written Aug 26, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Torrey Pines

    I had a car and I had no problems getting around. Not beacause I am an excellent driver, but because it is very difficult to get lost. There is one main highway (No. 5) that goes from Tijuana through downtown in direction of L.A. and it is one orientation. The other one is ocean. I was also impressed by quality of roads, how easy is to find what you are looking for. They have great signs.
    I only had to pay for parking in downtown, and it was around $5 - whole day.

    Was this review helpful?

  • You MUST have a car here!

    by Shadownlite Updated Feb 26, 2003

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You can drive to San Diego and throughout California but it is best to fly there and then rent a car.

    It is a 'driving culture place' and if you don't
    have a car....you won't be able to get around as easily if at all!

    The best way to get around would be by car. It is definately a 'driving culture' place. They have a trolley system but it is not very extensive. The buses take hours to get places that take only 15 minutes by car! Rent a car and you can go anywhere!

    Was this review helpful?

  • mlewis234's Profile Photo

    Fly, bike, sail, or drive.

    by mlewis234 Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Ok, San Diego does not have good public transport. Unless you're staying with friends or family, I highly recommend renting a vehicle. If you have an ok budget, try the major rental car companies

    Or if you want to save money and don't mind driving a beater, try Rent-A-Wreck. 4400 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115. (619)223-3300

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sprucebeer's Profile Photo

    Is to fly into to Los Angeles,...

    by Sprucebeer Written Aug 24, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Is to fly into to Los Angeles, rent a car and drive from there. This way you can drive along the coast and take in the spectacular view.
    Driving is the best way. Driving is fairly easy if you come from anywhere in North America. I didn’t experience any of the road rage we always here about in the news.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: San Diego

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

88 travelers online now

Comments

View all San Diego hotels