How to Get to Comic-Con

The 50th Anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con is days away and Circulate San Diego wants you to consider taking walking, biking, or taking public transit!

 

Staying in the Gaslamp? Save time by walking to the Convention Center. Travel down Sixth Avenue for a safer method of getting there. Just remember a few simple rules to be a superhero when crossing the street.

  1. Stop
  2. Look
  3. Listen
  4. Look Again
  5. Cross Safely

Why take public transit? Parking in the Gaslamp Quarter is already tricky, but when over 100,000 people, superheroes, and celebrities come to town the area gets even more crowded. Consider taking public transit, ridesharing, the Comic-Con shuttle, or walking, biking , or scootering.

Public Transit Options

Metropolitan Transit System has trolley and buses that bring from all over San Diego.  Fares are $2.50 a ride, or $2.25 if you use the Compass Cloud phone application. Visit MTS’s special Comic-Con Page. Other options include the North County Transit District’s Coaster and Amtrak.

Trolley There are three different trolley lines running through San Diego. See MTS Trolley Map here. The Sycuan Green Line stops right in front of the Convention Center. Staying over half-mile from a transit stop? Consider taking a Lyft Scooter for that first-last mile connection! Additionally, those using public transportation to travel to, from, and around Comic-Con can use the promo code ComicConMTS for 20% off two Lyft rideshare rides to and from specific MTS stations during Comic-Con.

Bus MTS operates 95 bus routes in San Diego County. Visit MTS website for more information on which routes will bring you to Downtown. Consider taking one of the many busses that brings you downtown and walking through the Gaslamp Quarter.

Coaster Commuter Train The Coaster provides rides from North County beach communities (Oceanside, Encinitas, etc.) to downtown.  The end of the line Santa Fe Depot is just a short walk to and from the Convention Center.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner runs along the same tracks as the Coaster Commuter train but provides further connection to Orange County and more. Visit the Amtrak website for more information.

Other Services

Comic Con Shuttle Staying in a hotel near downtown? Check out the Comic-Con Shuttle Service. Stops include a handful of hotels in Downtown, Hotel Circle/Mission Valley, San Diego Airport, Shelter Island, Liberty Station, and Harbor Drive. Shuttle service provides rides to and from Petco Park starting Wednesday, July 17th. Information on the shuttle drop off can be found here.

Ride Share is another easy method for getting around San Diego. Please note road closures on Harbor Drive will require drop-off and pick-up away from the Convention Center.

Scooters & Bike Rentals are a great way to get from place to place quickly. Note: Harbor Drive – between First Avenue and Park Boulevard – will be restricted to ALL traffic including cars, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and shared mobility devices (dock less bicycles and scooters) during specific convention times. Visit the San Diego Convention Center website for more information. 

Important Road Closures

Harbor Drive road closures will take place on the following days and time:

  • Wednesday, July 17 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 18 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Friday, July 19 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 21 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

After 7:00 AM the Convention Center garage (operated by Ace Parking) may only be accessed by permit holders from the First Avenue entrance. For more information see map here.

Wishing you a fun and safe Comic-Con!


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