For those attending 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, navigating downtown is a major part of the plan. So, whether you’re driving or taking public transit, here’s some information to get you there.
Given the scope of this massive pop culture event, taking the trolley may be your best option. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will provide trolley service downtown, as usual, via its Green, Blue and Orange lines. Two stops on the Green Line – Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter – are just steps away from the San Diego Convention Center.
MTS said trains are scheduled to travel to the Convention Center every seven-and-a-half minutes all day long, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., throughout Comic-Con weekend.
This year, MTS has launched a free “mTicket” app for smartphones that allows Comic-Con attendees to buy their trolley passes ahead of time and have their ticket ready to go on their phones. This way, attendees can avoid waiting in one less line at trolley stops.
For the full MTS Comic-Con 2014 trolley schedule, click here.
Meanwhile, attendees who plan to drive and park downtown may be able to snag a spot in one of Ace Parking’s many lots, including: Tailgate Park; Campus Lot; Triangle Lot; MTS Lot; 707 Broadway; Hilton Bayfront Garage; Convention Center; Padres Parkade; Diamond View Towers; Horton Plaza; and Gaslamp City Square.
Online sales for parking permits have already closed but attendees can still try their luck at the lots. Remember, downtown parking will be pricey, between $20 and $35 or more per vehicle, per day.
Meanwhile, Comic-Con will also offer a 24-hour free shuttle service to and from the Convention Center that stops at 60 locations in downtown, Mission Valley and hotels near San Diego International Airport, on Shelter Island and Harbor Island.
The shuttle service begins Wednesday from 3 p.m. to midnight and then starts its 24-hour service at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, running continuously through 7 p.m. Sunday. For shuttle frequency information, click here.
Once you’re downtown, your best bet is to walk around the Gaslamp Quarter if you plan to visit areas outside of the Convention Center. There will be taxis all over the place, but hailing a cab amid the Comic-Con crowds may require some superhero strength and determination.
Good luck out there!