The Coronado Ferry – Getting Around San Diego

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The Coronado Ferry is really a great way to view our beautiful city, and with plenty of shopping, sightseeing, and restaurants within easy walking distance on both sides of the Ferry’s route, it makes for a fun way to spend a day.

Things to do in San Diego : Coronado Ferry The idyllic city of Coronado is located right across the bay from downtown San Diego, and definitely should be on your San Diego vacation itinerary.  You can get to Coronado by land – driving over the Coronado Bridge, or the sea – taking the Coronado Ferry.   The Coronado Ferry is really a great way to view our beautiful city, and with plenty of shopping, sightseeing, and restaurants within easy walking distance on both sides of the Ferry’s route, it makes for a fun way to spend a day.  And you don’t have to worry about parking – bonus!

Coronado Ferry - San Diego

Fast Facts and Cookie’s Tips for the Coronado Ferry:

  • It’s a 15 minute crossing and only costs $4.25. 
  • The ferry runs every hour, on the hour from San Diego and on the half hour from Coronado. 
  • In the morning  Monday thru Friday there is a free commuter ferry from 5:00 to 8:40. 
  • Parking is free at the Coronado landing, it can be pricy in San Diego. 
  • The return ticket can be used at any time during the day, and I recommend purchasing it right when you get off the boat in case you are running it close for the return.  Isn’t that they way it always goes? 
  • The San Diego waterfront is under revitalization it is going to be so beautiful!  
view from the Coronado Ferry in San Diego

View from the Coronado Ferry

On the San Diego side:

Step off the ferry and you can walk to a lot of  waterfront attractions including:

  • Look at all of the cruise ships, enjoy parks and more!

Cookie’s tip: Richard Walkers Pancake House is a 15 minute walk from here.  It’s worth the walk!  Their baked apple pancakes are famous and wonderful.   Also if you want to head up the coast you can grab the Amtrak train or the Coaster across from the ferry terminal at the Train Depot. You can also catch the San Diego trolley, or the Old Town sightseeing trolley.

San Diego pier Coronado Ferry

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On the Coronado side:

Now if you headed to Coronado from San Diego, you can enjoy many great restaurants, shops, activities and lots of picture taking opportunities.

  • Bike rentals, you can enjoy riding on the boardwalk under the Coronado Bridge past the golf course and 11 miles down the Coronado Strand all on safe bike paths.
  • The Coronado Ferry Landing has a lot of nice shops and restaurants. 
  • Enjoy the beaches on the Bay or the Ocean.
  • Have some water fun – Rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, surf boards, boogie boards.
  • Visit the Hotel Del Coronado. A very special hotel, they are very happy to share all it’s amenities, shops, restaurants, and bar.
  • Enjoy downtown Coronado – Shops, restaurants, beaches.

The Hotel Del Coronado and downtown Coronado are about a 15 minute walk from the Landing.  Coronado is very flat so it makes walking very enjoyable.  If you aren’t up for the walk, bus #904 will take  you from the Ferry landing to the Del Coronado (15 blocks), or take the free shuttle during the summer months.  Here are more things to do on Coronado.

These little tips should get you excited to enjoy San Diego and Coronado they are bot so easy to get around in.

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