Transportation near Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego is conveniently located five miles north of downtown San Diego. It is home to Old Town Transit Center, a major intermodel transportation station. The station is home to the second stop on Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner route between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, Calif. However, not all trains stop here. Also, all passengers with checked luggage will need to travel through to the terminal station located downtown, San Diego's Union Station. The Pacific Surfliner route makes a stop at Los Angeles' Union Station where travelers can transfer to trains making trips to places such as Chicago, Seattle and New Orleans.
The Coaster also stops at Old Town Transit Center. This commuter rail service provides service between Union Station and Oceanside Transit Center 35 miles to the north. In Oceanside, passengers may transfer to the Sprinter and its trains that run inland to Escondido as well as to the Metrolink trains that travel throughout the greater Los Angeles area to the north. The San Diego Trolley Green Line also stops at Old Town Transit Center. Its route goes from downtown San Diego through San Diego State University to Santee to the east. Transfers can be made downtown to the Orange and Blue Lines. These travel east to El Cajon and south to San Ysidro and the Mexican border, respectively.
San Diego Transit also offers extensive bus service to Old Town Transit Center. Routes 8 and 9 travel northwest to Pacific Beach. Route 10 heads east to University Square. Route 28 makes the trip southwest to Cabrillo National Monument. Route 35 heads west to Ocean Beach. Route 44 travels north to Kearny Mesa and then west to Clairemont Square. The 105 bus takes the trip north to the UTC Transit Center in La Jolla.
Old Town San Diego is also very accessible by car. Interstate 8 runs along the northern border of the neighborhood. The western terminus of this highway is less than three miles away, between Old Town and the nearby Pacific Ocean. The highway also heads east before terminating just past Casa Grande, Ariz. Interstate 5 runs along the western border of Old Town San Diego. This highway terminates just south of San Diego at the Mexican border in San Ysidro. The northern terminus is north of Seattle at the Canadian border.