SAN DIEGO – SANTA FE DEPOT
The San Diego Station is located at 1050 Kettner Boulevard, just north of Broadway.
This station is the southern terminus of the Coaster and Pacific Surfliners.
The station is served by San Diego Trolley’s popular Blue Line linking the station with Old Town, downtown San Diego via C Street, and the San Ysidro International Border via South Bay Communities.
The station ticket office is open from 5:15AM to 10:30PM.
Baggage service is open from 5:30AM to 8:30PM.
Waiting room is open from 4:30AM to 1:30AM daily.
The trolley’s Orange Line serves the trolley station across the street under the tall green glass building that is commonly known as America Plaza.
The Blue Line may be boarded in both directions on the west side of the depot, approximately 150 feet north of the baggage room. Trains serving the track closest to the station operate to Old Town, with a limited number of through trains to Qualcomm Stadium. The second track from the station is the southbound track; trains on this track operate through Downtown San Diego on most trips, although some trains also serve the Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter area.
Northbound trains operate from 4:30AM to 1:45AM daily, with extra service on Saturday night.
Southbound trains operate from 4:54AM to 11:54PM daily, with two additional trips on Saturday night.
On Saturdays, the Blue Line Trolley provides night owl service to San Ysidro at 12:54AM. A second train that involves a transfer between trains across the platform at 12th & Imperial operates at 3:09AM connecting at 12th & Imperial with a connecting 3:23AM departure to San Ysidro. This is done to transition from Saturday service to Sunday service.
Passengers boarding the trolley needing special assistance should be positioned on the Blue Square on the station platform five minutes before the train arrives in the station. Visually impaired riders should be positioned on the yellow directional mat on the station platform five minutes before the train arrives in the station.
Passengers continuing on to Mission Valley on most trips are required to change trains at the Old Town Stations. Retractable steps on older trains that are equipped with step-outs will not deploy at the Old Town Station due to the height of the station platform.
Extra service is operated for sporting contests, concerts, and other special events in downtown San Diego, Old Town, and Mission Valley.
As noted, the Orange Line boards in the trolley station directly across Kettner Boulevard from the front of the station. This is the station located beneath the tall green glass building that is known as America Plaza transfer station.
The last four trips in each direction on the weekend schedule operate on Saturday Night only.
Orange Line trains operate eastbound through Downtown San Diego, Southeast San Diego, Encanto, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, and El Cajon to Gillespie Field, near the El Cajon-Santee border.
Westbound trains continue on to the Seaport Village, Convention Center, and Gaslamp Quarter areas before returning to the 12th & Imperial Terminal. The terminal station at 12th & Imperial is the platform located on the south side of the MTS Office Tower Building.
Weekday Eastbound service operates from 4:52AM to 11:52PM
Weekday Westbound Service operates from 5:32AM to 1:47AM
Saturday Eastbound Service operates from 4:52AM to 12:22AM
Saturday Westbound Service operates from 6:17AM to 2:17AM
Sunday and Holiday Eastbound service operates from 4:52AM to 10:22PM
Sunday and Holiday Westbound Service operates from 6:17AM to 12:17AM
NOTE: SUNDAY SCHEDULE IS OPERATED ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, PRESIDENT’S DAY, MEMORIAL DAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY, LABOR DAY, AND THANKSGIVING DAY.
A special 30-minute service schedule is operated on Christmas Day on all lines.
METROPOLITAN TRANSIT SYSTEM BUS SERVICE:
As a result of some recently implemented service changes that are part of the first phase of the Comprehensive Operational Analysis project, which is presently in progress towards implementing the phase 2 service changes, the number of bus routes operating west of Union and State Streets on Broadway has been substantially reduced. Most bus routes that were servicing the Embarcadero and Seaport Village areas have been relocated and now terminate at either the Civic Center Trolley Station or the Hall of Justice area. Only those buses, which actually serve the depot, are being listed on this profile. Route 4 has been shortened back to the 12th and Imperial Transfer Station and no longer operates through to downtown San Diego or the Embarcadero area.
Route 2 operates between Pacific Highway and Grape Street, near the Denny’s/China Camp Restaurants complex and Adams Avenue & 30th Street in the Kensington area.
Weekday Service to the Embarcadero operates from 5:06AM to 12:48AM.
Weekend Service to the Embarcadero operates from 5:12AM to 12:17AM.
Weekday Service to Kensington operates from 5:33AM to 12:11AM.
Weekend Service to Kensington operates from 5:38AM to 1:08AM.
Route 40 Express:
Route 40 Express is a peak hour, peak direction commuter service between downtown San Diego and the Fletcher Hills area, on the border of El Cajon and San Diego. This service operates through downtown San Diego and continues on to the I-15 Transit Plazas at University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard, the Grantville Trolley Station Bus Plaza, Grantville, Allied Gardens, and San Carlos.
Weekday morning service to the Embarcadero consists of five trips from 6:29AM to 8:45AM.
These trips no longer service Laurel Street, Harbor Drive, or Pacific Highway north of Grape Street.
Weekday Afternoon service to Fletcher Hills consists of six trips from 3:12PM to 5:41PM.
ROUTE 70 Express:
Route 70 Express is also a peak hour, peak direction express service that operates from the Embarcadero through Downtown San Diego to University Avenue & 69th Street, near the San Diego-La Mesa Border in the community of Rolando. This route also serves City Heights Transit Plaza @ I-15 and University Avenue.
Weekday Morning Service to the Embarcadero consists of six trips from 6:44AM to 9:15AM.
Weekday Afternoon Service to Rolando operates consists of six trips from 3:06PM to 5:35PM.
ROUTE 210 Express:
Route 210 Express is also a peak hour, peak direction express service that operates from the Embarcadero to Clairemont and Complex Drive via downtown San Diego, Mira Mesa, Sorrento Mesa, and eastern Sorrento Valley. Northbound trips that extend past Aderman & Mira Mesa Boulevard also serve Lusk Boulevard, Morehouse Drive, and Scranton Road north of Mira Mesa Boulevard. All inbound trips remain on Mira Mesa Boulevard in the Sorrento Valley area. All trips in both directions serve the Aderman Loop.
Weekday service to the Embarcadero consists of five morning trips from 6:20AM to 8:28AM.
Weekday service to Mira Mesa, Sorrento Mesa, Sorrento Valley, and Clairemont Complex consists of four trips from 3:46PM to 5:36PM.
ROUTE 830 Express:
Route 830 Express is a reverse-peak hour, reverse-peak direction service that operates from downtown San Diego to the Poway Industrial Park. This bus does not service the portion of downtown San Diego that is west of Kettner Boulevard. Service operates via downtown San Diego and the I-15 Transit Plazas at University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard.
Weekday Morning service to Poway Industrial Park consists of three trips from 5:45AM to 6:43AM.
Weekday Afternoon Service consists of three arrivals from 4:31PM to 6:37PM.
ROUTE 850 Express:
Route 850 Express is a peak-hour, peak-direction service that operates from the Doubletree Hotel Resort in Rancho Peñasquitos to the Embarcadero via downtown San Diego.
Weekday morning service to the Embarcadero consists of four trips from 6:45AM to 8:15AM.
Weekday afternoon service to the Double Tree Hotel Resort in Rancho Peñasquitos consists of four trips from 4:08PM to 5:38PM.
This downtown terminal of this route is at the Denny’s/China Camp Restaurants complex on Pacific Highway north of Hawthorn Street.
ROUTE 860 Express:
Route 860 Express is a peak-hour, peak-direction service that operates from Casa De Las Campanas in Rancho Bernardo to the Embarcadero area via downtown San Diego. As of September 2005, this route no longer operates to North County Fair.
Weekday Morning service to the Embarcadero consists of four trips from 6:49AM to 8:19AM.
Weekday Afternoon service to Casa De Las Campanas consists of four trips from 4:11PM to 5:41PM.
Route 922 is a reverse-peak-hour, reverse-peak-direction service that operates from the City College Trolley Station area in downtown San Diego to the Space and Naval Warfare Science Systems Center in the Point Loma area via the Embarcadero area, ASW & Liberty Station, Loma Portal, and Ocean Beach.
Weekday morning service to Point Loma consists of three trips from 5:46AM to 7:23AM.
These trips continue on to Orchard and Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach after arriving at SSC Point Loma.
Weekday afternoon service to City College Trolley Station consists of three trips from 4:45PM to 6:17PM.
These trips continue to downtown via SSC Point Loma after arriving in Ocean Beach from Route 923 at Orchard and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.
Route 923 is a local route providing service between City College Trolley Station and Orchard Street & Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in the central Ocean Beach area via the Embarcadero, ASW & Liberty Station, and Loma Portal. This route operates along Chatsworth Boulevard and Voltaire Street. Service operates on variable headways ranging from 30 to 60 minutes throughout the day.
Weekday Service to Ocean Beach operates from 8:24AM to 5:55PM.
Weekday Service to City College operates from 6:03AM to 6:52PM.
Routes 40, 70, 210, 830, 850, 860, 922, and 923 do not provide weekend or Holiday service.
ROUTE 992 – AIRPORT FLYER SHUTTLE:
Route 992 is San Diego’s Airport Flyer Shuttle. Service operates from the City College Trolley Station in Downtown San Diego to Lindbergh Field via downtown San Diego, the Denny’s/China Camp Restaurants complex area, and the northern Embarcadero Area.
Weekday service to Lindbergh Field operates from 5:07AM to 12:52AM.
Weekday service to City College operates from 5:28AM to 1:06AM.
Weekend service to Lindbergh Field operates from 4:59AM to 12:49AM.
Weekend service to City College operates from 5:19AM to 1:06AM.
Buses on route 992 are equipped with on-board luggage racks.
All routes listed provide either wheelchair lifts or ramps for those passengers needing special assistance. All routes are equipped with bike racks.
Routes 2 and 992 offer Holiday Service only.
AMTRAK THRUWAY MOTORCOACH SERVICE TO BAKERSFIELD:
The nightly Amtrak Thruway Motor coach connection boards on Kettner Boulevard adjacent to the Front Entrance to the Station. Service connects with northbound San Joaquin trains in Bakersfield for points in the Central Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, and Northwestern Nevada. This bus is also the connection for the California Zephyr.
PAY PHONES AND VENDING MACHINES:
Pay phones are available in the room adjacent to the Men’s Restroom, to the extreme right of the ticket office windows. The same room has vending machines inside that sell both soft drinks and snacks.
The Silver Streak Café is located in the southwest corner of the station lobby, serving a wide variety of sandwiches, snacks, beverages, and convenience items. A limited assortment of sundries is also available. Silver Streak is open from 5:15AM to 9:45PM seven days a week. Hours may vary during special events and high travel periods.
Seaport Village is located four blocks south of the depot on Kettner Boulevard. A variety of restaurants, sports bars, sidewalk cafes, and boutiques are available.
The Civic Theatre Complex is the home of the San Diego Opera Company. Civic Theatre is two trolley stops east of the depot on C Street.
Westfield Shoppingtown Horton Plaza is also accessible via the Civic Center Station. Horton Plaza consists of department stores, boutiques, sidewalk style kiosks, restaurants, fast food, snack shops, sports bars, and a fourteen-screen movie theatre.
San Diego Harbor Excursion is located at 1050 Harbor Drive, three blocks west of the depot. The Harbor Excursion offers dinner cruises, whale watching tours, guided cruise tours of the San Diego Bay, and operates the popular Ferry Boat that operates to the old Ferry Landing on Coronado.
Hornblower Cruises and Events are also located at 1050 Harbor Drive. Hornblower offers dinner cruises and guided Harbor tours seven days a week, and brunch cruises on Sundays. Special cruises with meals are provided at other times of the year.
USS Midway Naval Air Museum is located on the south side of the Navy Pier between Broadway and the north entrance of Seaport Village.
San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal is located on Harbor Drive at the B Street Pier.
The Cruise Ship terminal serves the ships of Holland America, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian, and Carnival. Other Cruise Lines serve the San Diego terminal on a far less-frequent basis.
Balboa Park Museums and the World Famous San Diego Zoo:
Although direct bus service to both Balboa Park and the Zoo are no longer available from the depot, these attractions can be reached via the Blue Line Trolley to the City College station. Transfer to Bus route 7 at 11th & B Street (just north of the Del Taco Restaurant).
Balboa Park has the popular Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion, the Palm Canyon, and the International Village. The Reuben H. Fleet Space Theatre IMAX and Science Center is located in Balboa Park.
Balboa Park is the home of the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Among the Museums in Balboa Park are the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Man, the Aero Space Museum, and more. There are also a number of restaurants and boutiques. In the Florida Canyon, just east of Balboa Park is the San Diego Belodrome, a Bicycle and Skateboard stadium.
Indian Gaming Casinos:
The San Diego Metropolitan area consists of three gaming casinos, at Barona Valley Ranch in Lakeside, Viejas Casino and Turf Club in Alpine, and Sycuan Casino in El Cajon.
All of these casinos offer shuttle service connections with San Diego Trolley’s Orange and Green Lines at the El Cajon Transit Center Station. Viejas is also serviced by route 864, which is one of the most popular routes in the San Diego Bus System.