San Diego Charter Bus & Minibus Rentals

If you’re looking for a charter bus rental in San Diego, you’ve come to the right place. National Charter Bus offers seamless group transportation for trips to the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla, and LEGOLAND California.

Ready to plan your trip? It all starts with a charter bus quote. Call our 24-hour San Diego charter bus rental experts at 619-344-0549 to receive a free price estimate that’s tailored to your trip!

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Group Bus Rentals in San Diego

At National Charter Bus, we pride ourselves on our ability to help any group travel seamlessly to a variety of events and destinations across San Diego. Book a shuttle service for your wedding or corporate event, make sure your fellow fans can travel together on the way to the next Padres game, provide extra comfort on a field trip, or simply enjoy an out-of-town trip from San Diego like ski outings and road trips along the Pacific coast. Wherever your travels take you, our bus services have you covered!


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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego Charter Bus Travel

1. What is the traffic like in San Diego?

According to the TomTom Traffic Index, San Diego ranks as the 25th most-congested city in the country. And compared to other vehicle-dependent Southern California cities like Los Angeles, San Diego’s traffic patterns are relatively manageable—if you know when to travel.

To skip the worst of the city’s traffic, avoid hitting the road around traditional rush hour times (7 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm). This is especially true on Friday afternoons, which see the most traffic congestion out of the entire week.

2. What are the public transportation options like in San Diego?

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) doesn’t offer a subway or underground train, but it does provide a variety of transportation options that service most destinations in town. Travelers can choose between the light rail system (favored by commuters), the bus lines (an economical option with a $2.50 fare and 89 routes citywide), and the Red Trolley (a fun alternative for tourists hopping between popular sightseeing spots).

3. Are there any restrictions on charter buses in San Diego?

While San Diego’s oversized vehicle regulations are geared toward RVs and pull-along trailers, many of the same rules still apply to minibus shuttles, charter bus rentals, and other motorcoaches. Keep in mind that oversized vehicles cannot park on public streets between the hours of 2 am and 6 am, and it’s best to avoid residential areas when taking a private bus rental through San Diego. Otherwise, if you stick to parking your bus rental in coach-friendly hotel lots and keeping an eye out for oversized vehicle parking around popular sightseeing destinations downtown, traversing San Diego by charter bus will be easy!

4. What are the largest annual events in San Diego?

When you think of “big event” and “San Diego” you’re most likely thinking of San Diego ComicCon—and for good reason! It’s the largest comics and pop culture convention in the U.S. and draws over 150,000 attendees into town every summer. Other popular events include the San Diego County Fair (the largest fair in the state!) and the Miramar Air Show.

5. What is the weather like in San Diego?

Like most of Southern California, San Diego features many facets of a Mediterranean climate—including hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. That being said, San Diego often receives less rainfall come wintertime than other SoCal cities in the area.




Top 10 Places to Visit in San Diego with a Group

They don’t call it “America’s Finest City” for nothing! Exploring San Diego provides plenty of opportunities to be swept away by everything the city has to offer. And we believe that these types of experiences are always better with a group by your side. Check out our top 10 favorite places to visit in San Diego, and be sure to add a few to your itinerary before your next trip!

beautiful architecture at San Diego's Balboa Park

1. Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 239-0512

Balboa Park is a mix of everything: green space, performing arts venues, museums, gardens, trails, and more. Have your bus driver drop you off at your preferred section of the park, or spend a day exploring the multitude of things to discover.

2. SeaWorld San Diego

Address: 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: (619) 222-4732

SeaWorld is a great stop for all who find themselves fascinated by ocean life. Learn about your favorite marine animals at multiple aquariums, see what those animals are capable of at live shows, and end the day on a roller coaster inspired by the power of the ocean.

3. San Diego Zoo

Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 231-1515

Part of Balboa Park’s multitude of group activities, the San Diego Zoo showcases monkeys, birds, pandas, gazelles, polar bears, elephants, and over 650 other species—and that’s just the beginning! Groups can also enhance their experience by booking special tours or animal feedings to dive deeper into the lives of the zoo’s creatures.

a statue of a navy soldier kissing a civilian at San Diego's USS Midway Museum

4. USS Midway Museum

Address: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 544-9600

Ever been to an aircraft museum that was housed by an actual aircraft carrier? If not, the USS Midway Museum should definitely be on your “must-see” list. The Midway was once the world’s largest ship, and it now serves as the home to exhibits that feature the inner workings of the ship and an aircraft gallery.

5. La Jolla Caves

Address: 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037

At the ripe old age of 75 million years, the seven La Jolla caves are one of San Diego’s oldest geographical landmarks. If you’d like to take in the beautiful views and local flora and fauna, have your charter bus driver drop you off at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Or, head over to La Jolla Village’s posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants for a relaxing afternoon!

6. Petco Park

Address: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 795-5000

Home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park is the obvious choice for some of San Diego’s biggest and most exciting sporting events. During the off-season, pop in for a group tour that will take you through the dugout and the Padres Hall of Fame.

oceanside amusement park attractions at San Diego's Belmont Park

7. Belmont Park

Address: 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

Phone: (858) 488-1549

This beachfront amusement park has something for everyone—rides of all thrill levels, games, restaurants, drinks, and shops, all in one place! Be sure to get in early to beat some of the crowds and experience everything that Belmont Park has to offer. After an exhausting day of thrills, your bus driver will be there to bring you back home—no driving required.

8. Cabrillo National Monument

Address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: (619) 557-5450

Here lies the marker for the first landing of a European expedition on the West Coast of the United States, made by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542. Visitors can explore San Diego’s earliest history while taking in gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. On a clear day, you can even see Mexico’s Coronado Islands and Tijuana from the park! Its resident Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a San Diego icon, so be sure to get a group photo before you leave.

9. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Address: 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 220-5422

Hungry for more San Diego history? This park contains multiple San Diego buildings dating back to as early as 1820 to help visitors feel connected to the city’s past. Here, your group can learn about the chain of events that grew a small Mexican pueblo into the booming city you see today.

10. San Diego Natural History Museum

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Address: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 232-3821

Another of Balboa Park’s famous attractions, the San Diego Natural History Museum holds the distinction of being Southern California’s oldest scientific institution. Exhibits will transport you into a world of fossils, now-extinct species such as the Megalodon and the Mastodon, macro photography of bugs and other critters, and, of course, play areas for the younger visitors.


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