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Public Transportation from LA Airport to San Diego

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Public Transportation from LA Airport to San Diego

Travelling to San Diego in February 2014 and flights are much less expensive to LA. A few questions.

1. Is there direct public transportation from LAX to San Diego (e.g. bus) that is reliable?

2. If we go into LA (downtown), what is the best public transportation to San Diego?

3. If we rent a car and drive to San Diego, what are our parking options for 6 days? (City homepage only lists parking meters and no garages for long-term parking).

Thanks for your advice.

Sylvia

Raleigh, NC

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1. Re: Public Transportation from LA Airport to San Diego

There is no direct transportation from the airport(LAX) to San Diego.

You could take the Flyaway bus which is an express bus that goes from LAX airport to the main train station in LA and THEN you'd take the train into downtown San Diego.

The train ride is 3hrs.

I have no idea where you've been looking at parking choices in San Diego?

Where you park will depend on the location of your hotel.San Diego is a large spread out city with hotels in many locations. In our small bayfront downtown hotels themselves generally have high parking charges which range from $30 per day down to maybe $15 per day depending on the hotel. In other areas of the city some hotel/motels include free parking and some do not. There are many indoor and outdoor lots in downtown but you'd not have in/out privileges like you would if you paid to park at the downtown hotels.

Sometimes the money saved by flying into LAX is not worth the trouble of driving back and forth in traffic!! Let us know your price range for hotel and the type of area you prefer(urban, beach , etc.) and if you will keep the car or not during your stay and we can give you more ideas.

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2. Re: Public Transportation from LA Airport to San Diego

You can take the Flyaway Bus from LAX to Union Station and then take the train to Santa Fe Depot in San Diego's Downtown.

There are no buses I'd recommend.

Lots of parking garages in San Diego, where are you staying?

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3. Re: Public Transportation from LA Airport to San Diego

Thanks for the quick response. We are considering a Road Scholar trip that stays at The US Grant Hotel. We will not need a car so a public lot that is inexpensive would be great.

We don't mind driving down from LAX because we plan to spend a week or more in the desert (Joshua Tree, etc) once we leave San Diego. We have also found that renting a car in SDiego is more that LAX.

I agree that it might be better to just pay the difference and fly into SD and rent the car upon leaving, but I am trying to check our options.

Again, thanks for your advice.

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4. Re: Public Transportation from LA Airport to San Diego

You can find parking lots on this website

http://www.downtownsandiego.org/park/

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