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Airport

San Diego International Airport is within easy biking distance of Downtown San Diego and many of the most popular tourist destinations.

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Buses

You can take your bicycle with you whenever you travel on San Diego city buses (and on many other city buses in San Diego County).

On the front of every bus is a rack that can hold one or two bicycles.

There is no additional fare for your bicycle. No permit is required. There are no restrictions on hours. Just put your bicycle on the rack, board the bus and pay the regular fare (or use your bus pass).

If the bicycle rack is full, you must wait for the next bus.

The bicycle racks are easy to use. However, until you get used to the racks, you may want to board at the beginning of the line so you'll have plenty of time to load your bicycle.

  1. Remove all loose items, such as water bottles and pumps, from your bicycle.
  2. If there is no bicycle on the rack, pull the rack down and lock it into place.
  3. Put your bicycle on the rack with the front toward the curb. If the rack is empty, put your bicycle in the position closest to the front of the bus.
  4. Move a lever over the front wheel of your bicycle. It is spring-loaded and will hold the front wheel.
  5. When you reach your destination, tell the driver you are going to remove your bicycle.
  6. Unload your bicycle by reversing all the steps used to load it.

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San Diego Trolley

If you are at least 16 years old, you can take your bike aboard the San Diego Trolley at any time, even during rush hour.

During rush hours (6-9 AM and 3-6 PM on weekdays) only one bicycle is allowed on each trolley car. At other times, two bicycles are allowed on each trolley car.

Buy a regular trolley ticket or pass. No additional fare is required for your bicycle.

You must enter through the rear door of a trolley car and stand with your bicycle next to the rear driver's cab. Hold your bicycle with one hand and hang onto a pole with the other hand.

On some of the newer trolley cars, you must enter near the center and remain there.

Before reaching your destination, turn your bicycle toward the exit door, so you can make a quick, graceful exit when the trolley stops. In almost every case, you may exit to the right. You must exit to the left from eastbound Orange Line trolleys at 32nd and Commercial. (You must also exit to the left at the ends of the Blue Line, but you'll have plenty of time because the trolley will stop for a while.)

In a few cases, the exit door may be blocked by a wheelchair lift. In that case, walk your bike carefully along the aisle to the nearest available exit door.

For information about trolley routes and schedules, visit

Coaster Commuter Train

Bicycles are welcome aboard the Coaster, a commuter train that makes several trips per day between Downtown San Diego and Downtown Oceanside. Unlike the San Diego Trolley, the Coaster was designed to accommodate bicycles.

Buy a regular Coaster ticket or pass. No additional fare is required for your bicycle.

Enter the Coaster through a door with a bicycle icon. Near the door is a space for bicycles, with velcro straps that you can use to secure your bicycle during the trip.

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Amtrak

Amtrak runs several trains per day up and down the coast between San Diego and Los Angeles. Some go as far north as San Luis Obispo. Some trains have roll-on bicycle access -- you can take your bicycle into passenger cars. On other trains, you have to put your bicycle in the baggage car.

Amtrak trains follow the same route in San Diego County as the Coaster, but they stop only in Downtown San Diego, Solana Beach and Oceanside.

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Coronado Ferry

A passenger ferry runs regularly across San Diego Bay between Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego and the Coronado Ferry Landing in Coronado. A one-way trip takes about ten minutes.

The ferry departs --

  1. from Broadway Pier every hour on the hour from 9AM to 9PM, and also at 10PM on Friday and Saturday only, and
  2. from the Coronado Ferry Landing every hour on the half hour from 9:30AM to 9:30PM, and also at 10:30PM on Friday and Saturday only.

The one-way fare is $4.25 per person (as of Feb. 21, 2011).

You may take a bicycle aboard the ferry; no additional fare is required.

Commuters can ride the ferry free during certain hours. See the Web site for details.

For additional information see www.sdhe.com/san-diego-bay-ferry.html.