TRAVEL IN & AROUND SAN DIEGO
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San Diego's population is around 3 million.

About 300 miles of freeways and 7,200 miles of streets and roads.
About 2 miles of roads per thousand people, about the same as L.A.

San Diego is fairly easy city to get around. The freeways are clearly laid out. The airport can be busy, but still if you arrive early enough for your flight you should not run into trouble. And you might consider taking AMTRAK to Los Angeles or beyond as it is a cheaper alternative than taking a flight. I've found, due to all the changes in security at the airport, taking the train takes about the same time. If you were unable to get a good flight to L.A., the train is the ticket. Buy the C class, cost is around 45 dollars each way, you'll ride in comfort, free paper and drinks on board. Lately the cost of flying to L.A. is expensive. So, if you take the train from Santa Fe Station San Diego to Union Station in L.A., you'll catch what they call the flyaway bus which will take you to LAX. It's easy, is fun, it's pretty fast!

As far as traveling around the city. This isn't Paris with the unbelievable metro rail that will take you everywhere, nor do we have the Sky-Train, as in Bangkok. This is San Diego, you'll need a car. (as in L.A., no-one walks here, unless is around a neighborhood) Sure there is the Trolley system, but, they are cutting back so much, if you plan on coming back on the trolley after midnight, you might not get a ride back, because they've cut the schedule. Rent a car. Mass transit is a joke here. Although, if you're doing your traveling within San Diego, on the Trolley during the day and early evening. You may be able to commute for five dollars a person.
For instance, if you're staying downtown and you want to go to Old Town, no problem. Just take the Trolley, but as mentioned, the Trolley does not go all night. In fact from Old Town, the last train is at 12:10 AM. Which can severely curtail your fun in old town. So go here. (Trolley) and check the schedule.

Meanwhile if you'll be driving, all the national rent a car companies are here, they'll cut you a decent deal. Just get a map of the city and you're on your own. Keep in mind, traffic moves fast here. Plan ahead, find out the freeways you need to take, keep your eyes on the road, get in the correct lane, keep up to speed. There is nothing worse than visitors going fifty in the fast lane looking for their exit and crossing five lanes of traffic to get there. There are many accidents here, due to visitors not knowing where they are going. And at a traffic signal, look for red light camera's, which can turn into a $300.00 ticket.
You might consider getting or using a GPS, which is helpful to find your way around.
The ZOO is east and a bit north of downtown, the Wild Animal Park is in Escondido, Sea World is in Mission Bay. Unless you have a personal Chauffeur, you'll need a car to get you to these destinations.






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