Parking and transportation can be a challenge if you are not prepared. We have compiled some information on local public transport and shuttle options to help you navigate your way to the San Diego Convention Center efficiently and smoothly.
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.).
Visit the MTS website where you can also use their online Trip Planner tool to plan your trip to Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center and purchase commemorative passes.
Getting to Comic-Con Special Edition is just a quick Trolley ride from Mission Valley, Old Town, the Stadium, and park-and-ride facilities all over the map.
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).
Click here to visit the COASTER website for ticket and travel information.
Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner offers train service between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Book your ticket ahead of time and consider upgrading to Business Class for a guaranteed seat. The train stops in downtown San Diego at the Santa Fe Depot on Broadway and Pacific Highway, a short walk or a few trolley stops to the Convention Center. Discounted trolley passes can be purchased onboard the Pacific Surfliner in the onboard market-style Café.
Click here for Amtrak Pacific Surfliner reservations.
Shuttle Service (ADA Only)
For attendees with mobility disabilities, the ADA Shuttle will operate between all official Comic-Con hotels and the Convention Center by reservation, on a first-come, first-served basis, and subject to the capacity of the vehicles. Badged members must have reserved their hotel room through the OnPeak reservation system on the Comic-Con Special Edition webpage in order to use this service.
Shuttles are designed to accommodate a wheelchair. Passengers are allowed one companion.
Attendees requiring assistance must make reservations in advance by calling Seat Planners at (619) 572-9121 between 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (except Thanksgiving Day) to arrange for an ADA Shuttle pick-up. When leaving a voicemail, please provide your name, phone number, hotel, a one-hour window for pick-up at the hotel, and a one-hour window for departure from the convention center. Voicemail reservations are not valid unless confirmed by the Comic-Con shuttle dispatcher.
The ADA Shuttle will operate during the following times:
Friday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
NOTE: The ending time is the last departure time from the San Diego Convention Center.
The last shuttle departing the hotels going to the Convention Center will be approximately 30 minutes prior to the end time listed.
The ADA Shuttle will drop off and pick up outside Hall H. You’ll find Deaf and Disabled Services just inside Lobby H.
Complimentary shuttle transportation (ADA accessible) between the Convention Center and the Comic-Con Museum is available. For those who have not purchased museum tickets in advance, please visit the museum website at museum.comic-con.org/main to obtain your ticket. The shuttle does not need to be scheduled, and runs every 30 minutes, picking up/dropping off outside Hall H. The Museum Shuttle makes no other stops.
The Museum shuttle will operate during the following times:
Friday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Harbor Drive Closure
The San Diego Convention Center, the City of San Diego, and the Port of San Diego have announced a new traffic route that creates a pedestrian-only experience during Comic-Con Special Edition.
HARBOR DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC (including bikes, scooters, and skateboards) between First Avenue and Park Boulevard during Comic-Con Special Edition, with the exception of shuttle buses and emergency vehicles. Cars will be screened.
ONLY BADGED MEMBERS (attendees of Comic-Con Special Edition) may access the front drive, stairs, and surrounding sidewalks of the San Diego Convention Center.
When Is This Happening?
Harbor Drive will be closed to traffic (including bikes, scooters, and skateboards) on the following days and times:
Friday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Harbor Drive will reopen to traffic after the hours listed above, or earlier if deemed appropriate by public safety officials. Badged attendees with or in ADA vehicles are permitted.
Click here to see the impacted areas or download a Public Access Map.