5 Ways to Get Around San Diego with Your Swim Team

March 28, 2018

One of the biggest bonuses of training at BBMAC is exploring Coronado and beyond during your downtime outside of the pool. Luckily, the island is extremely easy to get around, and transportation is hardly ever an issue for the coaches and swim teams who train with us.

Since we know you’re probably planning your trip already, here are five ways to get around the island and the rest of San Diego when you come to visit.


By foot 

While staying on the island, you’ll find that most places—restaurants, shops, beaches, grocery stores, and our facility—are all within walking distance. So aside from your ride from and to the airport, you can actually get around without ever needing other means of transportation. 

If you decide to venture out of Coronado to nearby San Diego, you can make it by foot—technically. All you’d have to do is walk down to the Ferry Landing, and take the 15-minute ferry ride over to downtown. All the main attractions in Balboa Park and the Gaslamp are just a short walk away.


Airport shuttles

Even if you’re opting to tackle your Coronado trip by foot, you’ll still need a ride to and from the airport. Airport shuttles are a relatively cost-effective way to get your team to the island. Many shuttle companies, like EZ Ride Shuttle, Five Star Transportation, and Prime Time Shuttle, offer group and student discounts. Your entire team should be able to fit in just a few vans, and you’ll be able to get over the bridge and into Coronado fairly quickly. We actually put together an airport transportation guide to make it easy for you to budget appropriately.


Public transportation

Depending on how large your team is or what your plans are for your visit, you may want to consider public transportation. San Diego’s MTS system covers the majority of the city, including stops within Coronado. The 901 bus will take you over the Coronado Bridge and will cost $4.50 per rider (round trip).

Once you’re in San Diego, and if you want to venture out farther than the downtown area, you can choose to hop on the city’s red trolley. The trolley lines reach neighborhoods like Mission Valley, La Mesa, and Chula Vista; it’ll even take you right down to the border. A one-way ticket is $2.50, and a full-day pass is $5.00 (per rider).



While we do recommend taking the ferry to downtown San Diego (the views alone are worth it), there may be times (specifically later at night when the ferry is no longer running), when an Uber or Lyft will be the better option. A ride in an XL car, which fits six passengers, will run about $40 from downtown into Coronado. It might not be the most cost-efficient choice, but it is still an option.


Rental van 

We sometimes have teams who are looking to make the most of their training camp in Coronado and choose to visit other cities like Los Angeles, or Orange County, while they’re in SoCal. If you’ll be doing some serious driving while here, you can always choose to rent a van for your visit. This can get a little pricey (vans for 12 passengers start at around $110 per day), however, depending on your itinerary, it might make the most sense for your team.


Reserve Your Training Dates Today 

Each year, more and more teams from across the country are traveling to our Crown City to swim and train at BBMAC’s state-of-the-art facility, and you don’t want to miss out on the experience. Reserve your dates today!