Getting Here & Around
From the moment you get here, your adventure begins! Getting to the Convention Center and around the city is a breeze thanks to a variety of transportation options.
Downtown San Diego is an incredibly walkable area. Many visitors are able to enjoy the city without ever getting in a car!
Just outside the Convention Center is the Gaslamp Quarter, an urban playground offering lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment options all within a single square-mile. The Embarcadero, located on the west side of the Convention Center, offers breezy walks along the bay and several grassy parks to enjoy.
Located just three miles away from the Convention Center, the San Diego International Airport is a quick 10-minute ride to the downtown San Diego area. Some hotels in the region offer shuttles to and from the airport, so be sure to check with your hotel.
Taxi & Rideshare
No need to call a cab when you touch down in San Diego; there are plenty available at the airport’s transportation plaza. If you’re departing from our building, a Guest Services or Security representative will be happy to flag you a taxi.
Rideshare is an affordable, hassle-free way to explore San Diego and its eclectic neighborhoods. Need a ride from the airport? Look for the designated pickup area at the airport’s transportation plaza. And as a safety tip, always double check the vehicle’s license plate with your rideshare app before starting your ride.
FRED: Free Ride Everywhere Downtown
A unique form of transport in San Diego is the electric, open-air vehicles called FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown). This completely free service works through a mobile app and can be a great option if the pick-up times align with your schedule. Download the Ride Circuit app to request a ride. Hours of operation can be found at ridecircuit.com/fred.
Dockless Scooter & Bike Rentals
Dockless scooter rentals are a fun way to zip around San Diego. Keep in mind your safety and the safety of others, especially around the Convention Center’s front entrance and driveway. Safety tips include staying off sidewalks, leaving your scooter in a designated parking space ensuring it’s not blocking doorways or ramps and wearing a helmet.
With two convenient stops in front of the Convention Center, the MTS trolley is a great public transportation option to explore Little Italy, Old Town, Fashion Valley and more. Pro tip: purchase a day pass on the Compass Cloud mobile ticketing app. Plan your trip at sdmts.com.
While downtown San Diego is known for its walkability, those who want to discover destinations outside the city may want to consider renting a vehicle. Renting a car after arriving at the airport is easy.
A quick, free shuttle at the airport will take you to the consolidated rental car center, featuring over a dozen rental car agencies. Be sure to learn more about parking at our building and the surrounding area.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Santa Fe Depot offers a variety of bus and rail services. Enjoy a one-mile walk to the station, or hop on the trolley to get there. Take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner from San Diego through Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo. Or, board the NCTD COASTER for a scenic ride to Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside.