Loading. Please Wait.

City Guide

  • Population (2019): 1.41 million
  • Area Code: 619, 858.
  • Tax: 12.77% Hotel Tax on Hotel Rooms, 7.75% Sales Tax on purchases.
  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time PST – November to March. Pacific Daylight PDT – April to November.
  • Credit Cards and Charge Cards are widely accepted. ATM machines can be found in many major downtown department stores, hotels, and the Convention Center.
  • Summers are warm & dry with average high temperatures of 70°F (21°C). Winters are mild and wet with average high temperatures of 65°F (18.3°C).
Tipping Guidelines
  • Restaurants: 15%-20% of the total bill is a good general rule of thumb.
  • Hotel Personnel/Porterage: $1.00 - $2.00 per piece of luggage or parcel.
  • Valet Parking: $2.00-$3.00 to attendant.
  • Housekeeping Services: $2.00 - $3.00 /day.
  • Taxi/Towncar: 15% of total.
  • Concierge Services: $5.00 +.


San Diego International Airport (SAN)
San Diego, CA

The San Diego International Airport is approximately a 10-minute drive (3 miles) to downtown San Diego.

Taxis are available at the transportation plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2. Fares vary between $15.00 - $25.00 to the Downtown area and $20.00 - $30.00 to the Mission Valley area.

Ride the Red Trolley

The San Diego Trolley provides convenient services from key locations including the Santa Fe Depot and the San Diego Convention Center, crisscrossing through downtown and out to Old Town, Mission Valley, El Cajon and Santee.

There are three trolley lines (Blue, Orange and Green) that service the downtown San Diego communities and beyond, covering 51 miles of track, and 53 stations total. Fares run are $2.50 for a one-way ticket or $5 for an all day pass. Trolleys run an average of every 15 minutes, 7 minutes during peak and 30 minutes during off-peak hours.

For current information on Bus and Trolley Service, visit the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.