Go San Diego Card Online Guide
With 70 miles of beaches, a world-renowned zoo and a 16-block historic district, San Diego bedazzles with beauty, adventure and culture, not to mention bountiful sunshine. We’re happy you’re here!
From thrilling roller coasters and safari adventures, to museums for every interest, San Diego’s best attractions are yours for the taking — all in one magical Go card.
We at Smart Destinations want to help you get the most out of your trip. In this guide, you will discover all there is to see and do in this sunny city with a small-town feel.
Some call San Diego America’s most hospitable city — you’re about to discover why!
Every pass has a unique code, which will be scanned for admission to each attraction. For special offers at shops and restaurants, show your pass to your server or cashier.
Good to Know
- Please read attraction information for hours, closings, and special admission instructions. Some attractions require reservations.
- Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, your pass is good for the number of consecutive calendar days purchased (not 24-hour periods). You have 1 year from purchase to activate your pass or it will expire.
- Enter attractions before 5:30pm. You may stay after that time.
About this Guide
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- You'll see this symbol on the Details tab, next to the approximate time it takes to visit an attraction.
- Attractions displaying this icon may close or have varied hours of operation during winter.
These are a few questions we hear from customers regularly. If you have a question not answered here, please get in touch:
- Toll-free within the US: 800‑887‑9103
- Toll-free within UK: 0800 090 3140
- From other countries: +1 617 671 1001
- Mon - Fri: 8 am - 9 pm EST
- Sat - Sun: 9 am - 6 pm EST
- How do I activate my pass?
- Easy: simply visit your first attraction!
- How do I use my pass?
- Every pass has a unique code, which will be scanned for admission to each attraction. Please read attraction information for hours, closings, and special admission instructions. Some attractions require reservations.
- I purchased multiple passes, how do I use them at attractions?
- You will need to show the individual passes for each member of your party at attractions to get in.
- When can I visit attractions?
- Enter attractions before 5:30. You may stay after that time.
- Do I need to make reservations?
- A few attractions require reservations. Check each attraction's details for more information.
- When does my pass expire?
- You have 1 year from purchase to activate your pass or it will expire. Once activated, your pass will be valid for the number of consecutive calendar days you purchased.
- Can I give or sell my card or tickets to someone else?
- No. Your passes are non-transferable, and cannot be resold.To protect your investment, please sign the pass to ensure that no one misuses your card if it is lost or stolen. Attractions may ask to verify your card with ID. Misused passes will be deactivated.
- Do the attractions located in Los Angeles include transportation?
- No, they do not. You will need your own transportation to the Los Angeles area. Check out the Amtrak as a fun way to get there from San Diego.
San Diego is large and spread out but with multiple options for navigating the city getting around is easy. The public transport system is convenient and affordable but depending on where you stay and how far out of the city you plan to explore, you might find that the easiest option is to rent a car or hail a taxi.
Getting Around on Public Transportation
San Diego and its surrounding areas have accessible and affordable public transit systems that include trolleys, buses, trains, and shuttles.
Within San Diego: The trolleys provide services from key locations in the downtown area while buses are great for navigating San Diego beyond downtown. The Big Bay Shuttle runs seasonally (between Memorial and Labor Day) and provides hop-on hop- off service along San Diego’s Embarcadero with an all-day pass.
Beyond San Diego: The Amtrak California trains run to areas beyond San Diego. The Pacific Surfliner travels along the ocean with daily service to cities north of San Diego including Anaheim, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo while the Sprinter rail travels east out to Escondido.
For more public transit directions and questions call 619-233-3004.
Getting Around by Taxi or Car
Taxi: Taxis are widely available in San Diego but can be expensive if used as a main means of getting around the city.
Car: If you plan to visit attractions outside of downtown San Diego, renting a car is the most convenient option. Be sure to leave time to find parking downtown and account for parking fare at select attractions.
Getting to Popular Attractions
You can find directions to each attraction in this guidebook on the attraction’s write up page. For a specific attraction, please reference the index page.