San Diego Charter Bus & Minibus Rentals

A San Diego charter bus rental is the simplest way to travel for upcoming events and trips in SoCal. National Charter Bus can provide group transportation services for any and every group trip in San Diego. No matter what brings you into the city, we’ll match your group with the right type of minibus or charter bus rental for your San Diego travel occasion.

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Personal Charter Buses in San Diego

When you work with National Charter Bus, you’ll have a large selection of minibuses and charter buses to choose from in San Diego. Since we partner with a large network of transportation providers, you’ll have access to everything from 18-passenger minibus rentals to full-size 56-passenger charter buses. So small groups traveling for private tours around Balboa Park will have a compact ride and large groups headed to San Diego Zoo for a field trip will have a spacious charter bus. Both charter buses and minibusses can come equipped with convenient features like WiFi, power outlets, plush seating, and flatscreen TVs. No matter the type of bus you choose, your ride will be operated by a professional charter bus driver focused on providing the best service for your San Diego trip.

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Popular Destinations in San Diego

 

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.

 

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Top 10 Places to Visit in San Diego with a Group

With so many world-class attractions, it's no wonder San Diego is also referred to as “America’s Finest City”. If you need a few ideas of what to add to your group itinerary in San Diego, keep on reading! 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 the heart of San Diego and is the city’s largest urban green space. The park is home to numerous gardens, historic buildings, museums, and top attractions like the San Diego Zoo. This 1,200-acre park has so much to offer for groups of all ages and a variety of occasions. Book a charter bus for your private tour of the gardens in the historic Botanical Building or for a field trip to the unique Museum of Us.

2. SeaWorld San Diego

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

Phone: (619) 222-4732

SeaWorld San Diego is one of the city’s most popular attractions for education and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy aquatic theme park rides and learn about marine life from around the world. SeaWorld is the perfect location for school field trips, scout trips, private group tours, and even for special group events like business holiday parties. Reserve your group tickets to SeaWorld and leave the transportation up to our team!

3. San Diego Zoo

Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 231-1515

The San Diego Zoo pioneered the idea of cageless, open-air exhibits for animals and is often considered the best zoological park in the world. The zoo houses more than 4,000 animals representing 600 species, including giant pandas, polar bears, pygmy hippos, and cheetahs. Your zoo trip can be enhanced with additional experiences like up-close animal encounters and private tours. After you book your tickets and additional expenses, lock in your charter bus rental to easily transport your group to and from this famed zoo.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

Groups interested in naval or maritime history have to stop at this location museum. The USS Midway was the country’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century and was converted into a museum in 2004. The museum now houses an extensive collection of aircraft and employs veterans with firsthand naval experience. Parking at San Diego’s Navy Pier can get packed quickly, so book a simple charter bus service to easily drop off and pick up your group

5. La Jolla Cove

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

Phone: (619) 221-8899

If you’re looking for a prime snorkeling and swimming spot or you want gorgeous sunset views of the ocean, La Jolla Cove is the place. The La Jolla Cove features beautiful sandstone cliffs and a variety of native sea life like sea lions, pelicans, and seals. After an afternoon of exploring La Jolla’s beautiful natural landscape, hop on your charter bus and shuttle to the neighborhood's  posh boutiques or waterfront restaurants.

6. Petco Park

Address: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 795-5000

With its San Diego skyline views and location in the posh Gaslamp Quarter District, Petco Park is hailed as one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball. The park is home to the San Diego Padres and also hosts special events like the NCAA Holiday Bowl. A charter bus rental can simplify travel for your Padres fans or be used for easy transport to large-scale concerts at the park.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

Belmont Park opened in 1925 and is San Diego’s oldest operating theme park. This historic waterfront theme park has rides for every type of traveler. Whether you’re traveling with small children or visitors who like a little more adrenaline, you’ll find plenty to do at this classic theme park. After a long day of riding the Giant Dipper roller coaster and bumper cars, relax on a comfortable charter bus on the way home.

8. Cabrillo National Monument

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

Phone: (619) 557-5450

The Cabrillo National Monument is a historical site located on the tip of Sa Diego’s Point Loma Peninsula. This monument commemorates Spanish conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landing in the San Diego Bay in 1542.The monument includes the famed Cabrillo Statue, Old Point Loma Lighthouse, short hiking trails, and tidepools. You may even be able to see Tijuana, Mexico from the peninsula on a good day!

9. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

Address: 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 220-5422

San Diego’s Old Town neighborhood was established in 1825 and is the cultural heart of the city. The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is an open-air museum that teaches visitors about local life during the Colonial era. It's also one of the most popular places in the city to pick up authentic Mexican food and handmade souvenirs.

10. San Diego Natural History Museum

a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the San Diego Natural History Museum

Address: 1788 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 232-3821

The San Diego Natural History Museum is the oldest scientific institution in Southern California. The museum is one of Balboa Park’s busier museums, with popular exhibits covering topics like dinosaurs and native California wildlife. Schools and youth organizations planning field trips to the San Diego Natural History Museum will have safe transportation with services from National Charter Bus.

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