In addition to the free Comic-Con Shuttle buses, you have a number of options in getting to downtown San Diego that don’t involve driving your own vehicle and parking. We recommend you take public transportation, as the downtown streets fill up with traffic and it’s difficult to navigate and find parking.
Comic-Con’s FREE Shuttle Bus
Please click here for our Shuttle Bus information, including a schedule and map. The Comic-Con Shuttle service goes to over 60 locations in the downtown, Mission Valley, and airport areas, including most of our official hotels.
MTS Trolley Service
San Diego is home to a great trolley service and best of all, it stops right at the Convention Center, in two different spots: Across from Hall A (Convention Center Station at Harbor Drive and First Ave.), and near Hall D (Gaslamp Station at Harbor Drive and Fifth Ave.).
MTS will substantially increase service on the Green Line for all five days of the convention, which provides direct service to the Trolley stations next to the Convention Center. Trains are scheduled to serve the Convention Center every 7.5 minutes almost all day long (from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM). Details about the expanded Comic-Con Trolley service can be found on the MTS Comic-Con webpage at www.sdmts.com/Trolley/ComicCon.asp.
Getting to Comic-Con is just a quick Trolley ride from Mission Valley, Old Town, Qualcomm Stadium, and park-and-ride facilities all over the map.
NEW FOR 2014!
Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) now has paperless Trolley tickets available for the first time ever on mTicket – the new mobile ticketing app available on smartphones.
Passengers can purchase and store tickets right on their smartphones today. Multiple passes can be purchased on one phone too, making it easy to travel in groups. The app is free and is available through the App Store or Google Play. For more information, visit www.sdmts.com/mTicket.asp.
One-, two-, three-, four- and five-day passes are available for $5.50, $10, $13, $16 and $20 respectively. Users of mTicket do not need a Compass Card and can activate the mTicket at any time on the day of travel prior to boarding the Trolley. The mTickets are only valid for Trolley services and do not work to ride the bus.
MTS has also printed a limited quantity of commemorative Comic-Con day passes. The two-, three-, four- and five-day commemorative passes are sold at ticket booths at select Trolley stations or The Transit Store at 102 Broadway in downtown. Fans wishing to purchase the commemorative Comic-Con Trolley passes in advance can call The Transit Store at (619) 234-1060. Day passes provide unlimited rides on all Trolley lines and most MTS bus routes.
MTS offers several free “Park and Ride” lots throughout their Trolley system, including Qualcomm Stadium (served by the Green Line), which offers thousands of free parking spaces adjacent to the Trolley Station, and Hazard Center. We strongly urge you to utilize this service and leave behind your car and the hassles of parking and navigating downtown.
Coaster Commuter Train
The COASTER commuter train runs north-south through San Diego County, serving eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego. More than 20 trains run on weekdays, with additional service on the weekends. It takes about an hour to travel the entire COASTER route. The COASTER stops at the Santa Fe Train Depot in downtown San Diego on Broadway, a short walk to the Convention Center, or you can hop a Trolley (see above).
Amtrak offers train service to and from San Diego to various destinations around the country, but please note: If you’re traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego on July 23 through July 27, you will need to make a reservation. No walk-ons. Amtrak stops in downtown San Diego at the Santa Fe Depot on Broadway, a short walk to the Convention Center, or you can hop a Trolley (see above).