If you are visiting San Diego, you’re probably faced with the age old question of should you rent a car? For most visitors, it comes down to price and convenience. Your vacation budget and how much you’re willing to spend, as well as what area of San Diego you are staying in are going to be key factors in helping make a decision.
For instance, if you have a larger vacation budget, you may opt to stay in a central area such as downtown San Diego, not far from the SAN Airport. Then, you can walk or cab to a variety of activities, allowing you to skip the rental car. On the other hand, if you have a more limited budget, staying further from the city center may allow you to save on your accommodations and reserving a rental car will allow you travel on your own schedule. What if we told you there was a new way of travel that gave you the best of both worlds?
Ride sharing, also known as car-sharing services are taking San Diego and other major cities such a San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta and New York by storm. Ride sharing makes transportation accessible to individuals with a simple smartphone app. All you have to do is request a ride and a driver will arrive at your destination within minutes to take you to your desired destination. While it sounds like a cab, the drivers are people just like you, and their fares are significantly less.
In San Diego in particular, you can expect a ride to be almost a third less of what it would cost from a typical cab. A few well known services in San Diego are Uber and Lyft. Both provide transportation throughout the San Diego County. This type of transportation was introduced to provide car-reliant metro areas with large college populations (where transportation might not be preferred), a more efficient travel solution. However, in addition to being great for locals, it’s also a great option for visitors.
Visitors who are interested in staying downtown can opt for more affordable hotels outside of the Gaslamp Quarter and do not have to worry about the expensive daily rate for renting a car as a car-sharing service can get you from the airport to your downtown hotel or the San Diego Convention Center for about $9 including tip! And if you’re going a few blocks, you can expect fares to be less than $5. Everything is cashless making the transaction even more convenient.
So the next time you’re in a new city, check to see what ride sharing services are available and if you’re visiting San Diego, think about skipping the rental car!