By Trolley, San Diego
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....
I found the trolley to be a convenient way of getting around in San Diego as it had stops located in just about all the areas I was interested in visiting. It was also easy to figure out, which was my concern travelling alone in a city I've never visited before. The are two lines, one goes north/south, the other east/west. You are able to buy daytripper passes for 1 to 4 days, or you can just pay by the trip. You get your tickets from the machines at the station, including daytripper passes. I found this to be a good way of getting around that was fairly straightforward and affordable ($15 for a 4 day pass). It also comes every 15 minutes, so if you miss it you just wait for the next one.
The San Diego Trolley system is an attractive option for those traveling from the north, east or south. Five San Diego Trolley stations sit within a 15 minute walk of the park. Park and ride lots are located along all Trolley lines, providing the convenience of leaving your car behind. In fact, nearly 10,000 parking spaces are available at park and ride locations throughout the county. There are also parking spaces available at Qualcomm Stadium, with direct Trolley service to PETCO Park.
San Diego Trolley will provide special, more direct "Green Line" service from Qualcomm Stadium to the ballpark via the Convention Center route, on game days, starting two hours before the game and running until two hours after the game. "Green Line" trains will serve all Mission Valley stations and the Old Town Transit Center, with the exception of Mission San Diego, which will not be served by the "Green Line" service.
Many people consider the San Diego Trolley to be an important tourist attraction in itself. Its red trains are definitely eye-catching. A significant part of its appeal probably lies in its usefulness. Its two lines--Blue and Orange--take you to many tourist destinations.
The Blue Line stops at Mission San Diego, Old Town, and San Ysidro at the border. The Orange Line stops at Seaport Village, the Convention Center, and the Gaslamp Quarter.
If you are going to use a lot San Diego's public transportation system, it may be better for you to get a day pass for $5. The day pass is valid for both buses and trolleys. You may get one at ticket dispensers found in all trolley stops.
When you take the trolleys, get your self familiarize with the route and trolleys you will be taking. There is the BLUE and ORANGE trolleys.
It's 1.25 for a "oneway" ticket. But sometimes you may need to transfer. That ticket includes transfers. At the transfer station ask the metro police what train to get on, because if you have never rode on the trolley, the signs could be confusing.
An easy way to get to the San Diego Trolley from the airport is to take Bus #992, "The Airport Flyer" that stops at each terminal. Fare was $2.25 (March 2004). TIP: Ask for a transfer to save on the Trolley fare. For example, if you are going to Tijuana, the fare is only $0.25 more. Get off the bus at Broadway and Kettner. Then cross the street to the American Plaza Transit Center. Follow the link below for a full size map.
San Diego has a nice trolley system. You can buy tickets either per trip, or you can get an "all-day" ticket for $5-6. This ticket lets you ride on the trolleys and buses for the whole day anywhere in the city.
The trolley uses an honor system, and they don't usually check to see if you have a ticket. But occasionally they will have someone check, and if you are caught without one, you will be in trouble!
One of the many way to get around San Diego is by the red trolley.
Cost is from $1to $5 us dollars.
The San Diego Trolley is known for its reliability, safety, and convenience. The Trolley is also a fun way to get around, whether traveling to the International Border, or heading to Centre City's shopping, restaurants, harbor and historic attractions. The San Diego Trolley now serves historic Old Town, California's birthplace, as well as Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, and Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field.
Note: The downtown transfer station is just across the street from the Train Station and a block from the harbor!!
They don't have a tram, they have a trolley in San Diego. It's rather a city train with numerous stops, I could say.
Fast and comfortable transportation between downtown (Gaslamp District) and San Diego County vinicities.
There are two lines:
Their routes are partly the same in the downtown area, Blue Line goes very, very close to Mexican border crossing point (Tijuana).
Look at the map:
Trolley FARES are based on trip distance. One way ticket (round trips are not permitted) is from $1.25 to $2.50.
$1.25 is for a trip within Downtown San Diego, or 1 station.
Notice: Downtown San Diego cash fare allows unlimited rides (including round trips) within the Center City area only for two-hours from the time of ticket purchase.
How to buy tickets?
See the Trolley route map posted on the ticket machines at each station and buy your ticket (valid 2 hours) - pay by coins or notes ($1, $5, $10 or $20).
More on fares:
If you already know your route by a trolley/bus, and would like to go directly to the map and schedules go to:
You will find your trolley station there. Waiting for a trolley don't be surprised when you see people (tired?) who take a nap there :-))
On my 2nd day in San Diego I decided to leave my car parked at the hotel and get around using San Diego's public transportation. Fares are calculated based on the number of stops you go and I figured I would be riding it at least 3 times so I bought a 1 day pass for $5 which was also good on the buses I used in Coronado.
You can purchase a ticket or day pass from a machine at the trolley station, the trolley was really easy to figure out, just figure out which color line your station is on and see which direction the trolley is going in, there are only three lines, the orange, the blue and the green.
We found the Old Town Trolley useful not just as a tour, but as basic transportation -- if you are staying on Coronado Island, as we were, it is cost efficient compared with taking cabs and much more entertaining!
All of the drivers are good -- but Frank has to take the prize for over-the-top looniness.
Phone: 619 298 8687