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San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego Arrival

By Air
San Diego International Airport is situated at Lindberg Field, less than ten kilometres (six miles) from downtown San Diego. Meanwhile it is not the largest airport in California (Los Angeles International and San Francisco International are biggest), it handles numerous of the connecting flights to Mexico and South America, as well as Europe, Canada and domestic locations. An average 11.5 million passengers use its facilities per year.

By Water
The Port of San Diego is supervised by the Port Administration, 3165 Pacific Highway, is the main hub for diverse international cruise ship destinations. Facilities at the terminal include ATM, gift shop, restaurant/lounge and bureau of visitor.

By Road
Southern California has a wonderful network of highways from a state to another one. Speed limits on interstate highways vary from 96kph (60mph) to 120kph (75mph). Urban speed limits are generally 40-48kph (25-30mph). The maximum legal alcohol to blood ratio for driving is 0.08%. The minimum age to drive is 16, with restrictions. Children under the age of six years or less than 22.39kg (60lb) must be carried in a child restraint seat.

By Rail
Amtrak Rail service works in multiple stations along scenic west coast of California, including hourly departures to Los Angeles (journey time – 2 hours 45 minutes), and daily trips to San Francisco (journey time – 16 hours) and Las Vegas (journey time – 9 hours). Services also arrive to Seattle and link up with Canada’s popular Via Rail passenger service in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

Getting Around

The San Diego metropolitan area is big and sprawling. If possible, car travel is the best way to navigating the city and county.

Public transportation
The System of San Diego's Metropolitan Transit includes the San Diego Trolley, the San Diego Coast Express Rail also named Coaster, and a network of buses.

Taxis, on foot, or by bike
Cabs are available throughout San Diego County. It is best for visitors to solicit a taxi by telephone. Taxis cost US$1.90 per mile and a 10-15% tip is appropriate for good service. Biking and walking aren't a good idea unless you plan to stay in a specific area, majority of cabs have a limit of four passengers.

Driving in San Diego
San Diego is well-known with several well maintained highways that serve as important arteries to outlying districts. Highways are in general easy to follow, although California’s Interstate highways conserve high speeds and can be formidable for first-time visitors.

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