Explore with the San Diego Harbor Ferry
No trip to San Diego is complete without spending some time on one of the local ferries. The San Diego Harbor Ferry cruises to the Coronado Island, a great place for visiting families to explore and also offers tours for those interested in learning about the area. If you are staying at the Marina Inn near the San Diego Harbor, you can easily walk along the water or take public transportation to the port. From here, hop on and enjoy a ride on the deep blue sea!
Information about Ferry Departures & Pricing
The large ferry boats leave throughout the day and provide short, 15 minute rides to the Coronado Bay. There are two locations in which visitors can catch the ferry: the Broadway Pier or the Convention Center. Once on Coronado Island, visitors can spend the day enjoying several waterfront restaurants and a variety of gift and specialty shops. There is something for everyone in this quaint beach community.
Commuters are free between 5:40am and 8:50am as many people who live in San Diego use the ferry for transportation to work. However, visitors can also take advantage of the free ride if they don’t mind an early start to the morning. If you’re interested in spending the afternoon biking, grab your bike, catch a ride on the ferry, and bike around the beautiful island of Coronado. Don’t forget, speak to the crew before disembarking and get your commuter ticket back for anytime in the afternoon.
Regular service to Coronado on the San Diego Harbor ferry begins daily at 9am. The boat then leaves every hour on the hour. Coming back from Coronado, the boat leaves on the half hour. Tickets cost $4.25 per person for a one way ticket.
As mentioned above, it is also possible to take a tour of the harbor from each of these two downtown docks. There is a two hour tour and also a shorter one hour cruise. The ferries go through the harbor and an expert San Diego guide will provide narration, explaining all the interesting site and historical landmarks that can be seen from the San Diego Harbor. These tours cost a little more than the ferry fare, but they are still reasonably priced and visitors always give rave reviews about the tours.
Whether you’re in town for a few days or have a week of vacationing ahead, hopping on one of the San Diego ferries is a great way to explore the city. And offered at affordable prices, these tours and sightseeing adventures definitely won’t break the bank!