You'll find that one of the island's most charming features is how unnecessary
a car is here - the island is flat and a little over a mile across.
The drive from the San Diego International Airport at Lindbergh Field is less than 10 miles and takes 15 to 20 minutes; a cab ride will cost approximately $30. Once here, you might consider renting a bike or surrey to better explore the neighborhoods, and bikes are permitted on the pedestrian ferry that takes you over to San Diego's waterfront.
Crossing the Bay
The Coronado/San Diego Ferry shuttles passengers between the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego and the Coronado Ferry Landing. The ferry leaves San Diego on the hour from 9am to 9pm, and from Coronado on the half hour from 9:30am until 9:30pm (10:30 on weekends). Ferry service also serves the Convention Center, departing the Coronado Ferry Landing every other hour starting at 9:15am until 8:15pm -- weekends and special event schedules run later. Click here for schedule. Tickets may be purchased at either end. (619) 234-4111, (800) 442-7847. The San Diego Water Taxi offers on-call transportation around San Diego Bay including Coronado. Enjoy the scenery on the way to your favorite waterfront shopping center, attraction or restaurant. The taxi operates every day from 3pm to 10pm. (619) 235-8294.
The Metropolitan Transit System services Coronado. The MTS Route 901 bus originates in downtown and goes to the entrance to Naval Air Station North Island, stops along Orange Avenue and the Silver Strand before it continues on to Imperial Beach, the city south of Coronado. One-way fare is $2.25.
The MTS Route 904 Coronado Shuttle costs $2.25 and crosses the island hourly from 10am to 6pm from the bay side at the Coronado Island Marriott and Ferry Landing along Orange Avenue to the Hotel del Coronado and City Hall every day except Sunday. The shuttle is timed to coordinate with ferry departures and arrivals. Simply dial 511 or (619) 233-3004 for transit information.
Cab, Car Rental, Shuttles
Enterprise Car Rental, 1323 Orange Ave, (619) 522-6111
Hertz Car Rental, Coronado Marriott Resort, 2000 Second St, (619) 435-6660, and Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave. (619) 435-2482
Cloud 9 Shuttle, Service to San Diego airport and Amtrak Station. (800) 974-8885
Coronado Livery. Shuttle service to and from San Diego airport and Amtrak station. (619) 435-6310.
Coronado Yellow Cab Company 24-hour taxi service, 7 days a week (619) 435-6211
Whether you want a beach cruiser, mountain bike, tandem or surrey, bikes are available for rent from locations on either end of the island.
Bikes and Beyond, Coronado Ferry Landing (619) 435-7180
Holland's Bicycles, 977 Orange Ave (619) 435-3153
Little Sam's Island and Beach Fun, 1343 Orange Ave (619) 435-4068
PedDELs, Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave (619 435-6611
Wheel Fun Rentals, Coronado Island Marriott (619) 342-7244
There is metered parking available on Orange Avenue in the downtown area as well as some of the side streets. Most meters are $.25 for an hour with a two-hour limit. There is no charge to park after 6pm Mon-Sat and on Sundays and holidays. The Coronado Ferry Landing offers free parking when you visit its shops and restaurants. Parking along Ocean Blvd at Coronado's central beach is free, but spaces tend to fill up quickly, especially in the summer. RVs can park on the street for 72 hours but cannot be used as a residence.
As you drive into Coronado, take the opportunity to slow down to the relaxed island pace. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour all over the island, and you'll be sharing the road with lots of cyclists and even a golf cart or two. Expect a steady stream of traffic on Orange Avenue, especially during the summer months.