If you’re traveling to San Diego from outside of the U.S., there are many ways that you can save money before you arrive at this waterfront paradise. The following are a few suggestions for international visitors to San Diego on how to get the most out of their travel dollars.
- Shop around for a cheap airfare online – Although San Diego is home to an international airport that is gaining popularity, flights directly into SAN are typically more expensive than those landing at the nearby Los Angeles International Airport. If you have time to make a pit-stop during your travels, look for flights into LAX, spend a day exploring the area, and get a cheap rental car to drive to San Diego. Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, driving from Los Angeles could provide considerable savings.
- Make hotel reservations early – If you’re looking for a hotel in the middle of all the action, you’ll want to make hotel reservations as early as possible, especially if you’re traveling during the peak spring and summer seasons. Hotels like the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego are great options for international visitors with cheap nightly rates and spacious accommodations. Learn more about cheap inns in downtown San Diego for tourists.
- Make advance reservations or opt for public transportation – Once you’ve landed, of course you’ll want to see the sights! Fortunately, you have plenty of options for transportation. Check for cheap rates via online websites prior to your flight and reserve a car for the length of your stay. Many of the rental offices are near the airport, and you can usually take advantage of the free airport shuttle to get there. You can also take advantage of the all-day passes for the San Diego trolley, which makes stops at key tourist spots for just $5 per day if you’re really looking to save. Click here for more information about centrally located and cheap hotels near San Diego Airport.
- Eat like a local to enjoy additional savings – When booking your hotel, try to find one that offers a complimentary continental breakfast for its guests every morning. When it comes to lunch and snacks, taquerias and Mexican food trucks are widespread around San Diego, where you can frequently find a very tasty and filling meal for well under $5 a day. If possible, try to coordinate your visit to San Diego during the twice-annual Restaurant Week, where local restaurants offer affordable fixed-price menus so that locals and tourists alike can step outside of their culinary comfort zones.
The Pacific Inn welcomes international travelers! If you are visiting San Diego from another country, be sure to call the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our affordable hotel near SeaWorld, Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and other popular San Diego attractions.