San Diego has a decent infrastructure for travelers who don't have cars, especially if you are in the downtown area
The link to our system is:http://www.sdmts.com/
But the best way I have found is to use GoogleMaps and map and click on the "public transportation" tab. It will even tell you the lines to get on, the cost and how long it will take you.
If you plan on going this way put the lyft app on your phone. It is a cheap taxi type service that will help take up the slack.
One of the easiest ways to get to Tijana from San Diego is the Trolley (the route is called the Tijana Trolley). This trolley takes you right to the Mexican border.
REMEMBER if you are a US citizen you will need a passport.
When walking back across the border look for the Avenida Revoltuion and the big arch and go across the pedestrian bridge through a shopping
plaza. You will need to stand in line to be processed.
The last time I checked the Troll is about $2.50 each way
For the trolly map http://www.sdmts.com/trolley/trolley.asp
The Mexican border is on the Blue line and is at the end of the line "San Ysidro". The blue line starts down town which means you may need to pay for parking. So you may want to get on at another stop and move to the blue line. the map above shows where parking is free.
This isnt' the only way to get across the border see http://gocalifornia.about.com/od/casdmenu/a/tijuana_trans.htm
San Diego's trolley lines do not cover the entire city, but some areas such as the Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town San Diego are easy to reach by trolley. There are several types of passes that can be purchased from the automated machines located at each station. First, you need to buy a Compass Card for $2, and then you can add whatever type of fare you want on the card. Each time we decided to use the trolley we got a daily pass for $5, which made it possible to use the trolley as often as we needed during the day. Make sure to validate your card before you get on the trolley since random checks are fairly frequent.
San Diego has a light rail system with plans of expanding.
The BLUE LINE runs approx. north/south from American Plaza station downtown to San Ysidro/the International Border.
The ORANGE LINE runs approx. east/west from the Santa Fe Depot downtown to the El Cajon Transit Center.
On 10 July 2005 the GREEN LINE opened.an extension from (The Trolley Transit Station) at 12th & Imperial/Downtown to Santee via Old Town and has stops at San Diego State University, (SDSU) and Grossmont Center and Grossmont College.
Compared to European Metro Systems, our light rail is far behind, but compared to past years and many other cities in the US, the system is much improved.
Many of the SD Trolley stations serve as a Hub for City buses, so transfering from one to another is easy and useful. Several stations have large parking lots offering free parking.
This station was open in 1986 and is Accessible for the disabled. This particular station is where it stops right in front of the Gas Lamp Quarters and Civic Center. These are a great way to get around. Their is a stop not far from my Neices home and my sister says they have used it several times to come down to this area.
Convention Center toward Gaslamp Quarter ~Orange Line
12th & Imperial Transit Center toward Gillespie Field
12th & Imperial Transit Center Terminus ~Special Event Service
Convention Center toward Qualcomm Stadium
105 6th Avenue San Diego, CA
WELL THEY CALL IT AMERICAS FINEST CITY
THATS AMERICAS BIGGEST LIE
FOR DAY TIME TRAVEL DO NOT GO ALONE
FOR NIGHT TIME ONLY RIDE AFTER MAJOR EVENTS(PADRES,SDSU,CHARGERS,ECT)THERE IS NO SECURITY AND IT GETS IFFY
PLUS DO NOT PARK YOUR CAR AT ANY STATION IN SOUTH BAY,MY MOMS CAR GOT BROKEN INTO 6 TIMES BEGORE THEY STOLE IT.
I KNOW THIS BECAUSE IMA SAN DIEGO SOUTH BAY LOCAL
What San Diego calls a trolley is actually a light rail system, and very different from the Old Time Trolley Tours. We found the Trolley to be our best bet to take us south of the city center to San Ysidro on the Mexican border at Tiajuana. We took the Blue Line from the Sante Fe Depot to the southern terminus of the line at San Ysidro, and back. We took the Blue Line from the Sante Fe Depot to the southern terminus of the line, and back.
The San Diego Trolley, which has been in orperation since 1981, is a 48-mile network with three different segments: the Blue Line, the Orange Line and the new Green Line. It is an easy, effecient and inexpensive way to get around much of the San Diego area.
Click the link below to see a Trolley route map and timetables.
One of the easiest ways to get to Tijuana is to take the trolley out of San Diego. The trip is only about 1/2 hour and that way once you get to Tijuana, you don't have to worry about your car. The trolley is clean, safe, and efficient. You can even bring a bike on the trolley if you want. You can purchase tickets for the trolley at anyone of the stops along its route and their are well demarkated maps at the stops so that you can figure out which way you need to go.
At this SD intersection, people can easily meet and get around throughout the county. The Amtrak train ends its west coast journey via south right here. Also , this is the centerpoint of the SD red trolley routes where one can catch the blue or orange trains and wehre many bus cross.
San Diego has a light rail network that wasn't in use when I lived there. I've never ridden it, but based on the website below you can get all around town from Old Town to the Gaslamp to San Ysidro. Fares are between $1.25 and $3.00 depending on the distance travelled.
The San Diego Trolley is a great way to
get around. The trolley travels quickly,
reliably, and safely to destinations around
San Diego. Whether you are a commuter,
tourist, or just want a no-hassle way to
get around, the trolley can whisk you to
the international border, Center City,
Mission Valley, or Fashion Valley shopping, harbor and historic attractions,
restaurants, Old Town and Qualcomm Stadium with other stops along the way.
The photos on this tip were taken at San Ysidro US/Mexico border crossing ....
The trolley is an excellent way to see San Diego. It goes all the way south to the Mexican border, it goes to Old Town and Mission Valley. There is a stop at the Santa Fe Rail Station if you are coming south from Los Angeles via Amtrak.
On our recent visit, we stayed very close to the Gaslamp District, and did a lot of walking. Because we had also rented a car, we did not take advantage of the San Diego Trolley, however, it looks like a very efficient way to travel.
When doing my research prior to our trip, I kept reading about The Trolley. I now realize there are 2 'Trolley's'. This one is the San Diego Trolley, which is part of the basic public transportion system. The other one is the 'Old Town Trolley', which is a tourist trolley, which also takes you around San Diego. See my tip on the Old Town Trolley for more info.
Prior to our trip, I kept reading about 'The Trolley' and how it was a great way to get around San Diego.
What I didn't realize is that there are 2 'trolleys'. This one is the Old Town Trolley, which is more of a tourist thing. The trolley travels around the city, and for 1 ticket, you can spend the day getting off and on at various spots.
It's not to be confused (like me) with the San Diego Trolley which are the red trolleys, and are part of the San Diego public transit system. (see my Tip on the San Diego Trolley for more info.)
Getting to Mexico from San Diego is SO easy! You hop on the trolley in the city center, get a return ticket for 5 USD, sit in the trolley for about 40 min, get off, walk along some long buildings, bridges, steps, corners - and you're right in the heart of Tijuana, having crossed the busies border crossing in the world into the fastest growing city in Mexico. Page will be built in the Mexico section of my page - as soon as all the California pages are finished....