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How to get around San Diego for under 5 Dollars

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

San Diego TrolleySan Diego can be quite intimidating in size and with gas prices on the rise, driving your way around the city can get expensive.

But if you’re just in town for a day or two and would like to see the city without breaking your wallet, the San Diego Trolley is your best, and cheapest, option.

Get a Regional Day Pass, catch the Red Line…

You can pick up a Regional Day Pass for $5 at any one of the trolley stops which is good for all trolley trips and bus routes in San Diego for the day. If you’re starting in downtown San Diego, go to the main trolley station to catch the Red Line for your first stop: Seaport Village.

… and enjoy everything San Diego has to offer:

  • Seaport Village

Seaport Village is a quaint shopping area right on the waterfront facing Coronado Island. With many boutique shops and noteworthy seafood restaurants, it’s worth a stop. If you’re traveling with children, don’t forget to ride the old fashioned Merry-Go-Round. If you’re traveling alone or with your partner, take the elevator to the top of the Hyatt hotel for a spectacular view of the San Diego Harbor.

  • Little Italy

A little further down on the Red Line is San Diego’s Little Italy. This neighborhood is home to some authentic Italian restaurants and is popular among artists for its galleries and modern studios. There are some nicely tucked away antique shops here as well as one of the best camera stores in San Diego for the photographer in you.

  • Old Town San Diego

The Red Line continues to Old Town San Diego, where San Diego was born. With Mexican influence and a Western feel, this Historical Park has something for everyone. Kids can play a round of golf at the short course across the street where drivers aren’t allowed and the whole course can be played with 1 or 2 irons. For teens, there’s the Whaley House which is said to be haunted and can be visited most days to see for yourself. And for adults, don’t forget to stop by Casa de Pico, an outdoor Mexican restaurant with reasonably priced food and San Diego’s Best Margaritas.

  • Fashion Valley

If you’re looking for some great shopping, the Red Line will also take you to Fashion Valley and the Mission Valley Center, both central malls with shops for every budget and style. The malls also have movie theaters and restaurants if shopping just isn’t your thing.

  • Qualcomm Stadium

The last stop on the Red Line is Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers. If you’re lucky, you might catch a great game here and getting there on trolley is one of the best ways to get to the stadium and avoid the hassle of parking altogether. It’s also a good alternative to having a designated driver because this way, everyone can drink without the worry of driving home.

  • Petco Park

If it’s not football season, the Red Line also stops at Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres have all their home games. This newly built stadium is a nice addition to downtown and along with bleacher seats, has a grassy area on the side where you can watch the game and have a picnic of your own. This is also nice for small children who need space to play some baseball of their own. You can bring your own food to the stadium, pick up something at the game, or wait until after and hit the Gaslamp Quarter next door.

  • Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego’s oldest part of town with a lively nightlife, great shopping, theater venues, clubs, and bars. And after a day taking the trolley around, it’s a great place to end your day at one of the fantastic restaurants there—it won’t be difficult to find one that caters to your palate and your wallet.

Then again, you can congratulate yourself for only spending $5 to get around town by splurging on a great dinner—which will be easier to find here than having to look for parking downtown.

Photo of San Diego Trolley originally posted by zappowbang

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Venere Travel Blog writer c. o. gumela

C. O. Gumela is a graduate in English Literature from the University of California Santa Barbara and holds a Le Cordon Bleu diploma in Culinary Arts. She loves taking naps, makes a crème brûlée to die for and always reads before going to bed.

5 responses to “How to get around San Diego for under 5 Dollars”

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  1. Ashley says:
    July 7th, 2008 at 19:51

    As I am a baseball lover, I try to watch games whenever I have time. But, for me, and without doubt for thousands of other fans all over the world, I love the San Diego Padres and I do my best to attend their games though we notice that Padres tickets got a little pricy and hard to be found especially when we talk about some hot games. The San Diego Padres tickets are a little pricy but this should not prevent us from fallowing our favourite team and support it, and this is what means to be a good fan.

  2. Tuck says:
    September 1st, 2008 at 22:25

    You provide some great info, but I am sure you are not aware that the Red Line does NOT run on a normal schedule. It only runs for special events such as Charger and Padre games. The Trolley has 3 main lines, the Orange, Blue and Green lines. You can transfer to each line with the same ticket during the specified time limit.

    Thanks for all the other info, and you are right….the Trolley is a great way to get around San Diego.

  3. Thomas Garcia says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 06:12

    On Thursday May 7, 2009 at around 7 pm, a young man was stabbed in the San Ysidro bound trolley. I tried to use the intercom to call the driver but it was not working.

    I have looked for information regarding this incident but i have not found any reference to it. My concern is that the trolley does not report crimes as serious as a stabbing. Riders should be made aware of these incidents to make an informe decision as to wether to ride the trolley or not. The trolley security showed up more than 15 minutes after the incident, and I did not see the Chula Vista Police in the 20 minutes I was there.

    I would like to know what happened to the young victim and also to the attacker.

  4. Jack says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 13:42


    That is a great info for all who visit San Diego.

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    Great news for me……

  5. burger baker says:
    September 24th, 2012 at 11:55

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