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San Diego Comic-Con: Where to park if you're heading downtown

San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Day 2
Posted at 3:35 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 19:58:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Driving to San Diego Comic-Con or near the downtown area in July? Make sure you know just where to go.

If you're attending to Comic-Con from July 17 to July 21, you have several options for parking, public transportation, ride sharing, or shuttling in and around downtown San Diego.

And if you're driving to SDCC, be aware of closures in effect around the convention center and try to plan another route ahead of time.

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Here's a look at all your options:


Harbor Drive will be closed to traffic between First Avenue and Park Boulevard from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 17, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 18-20, and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 21. The closure affects vehicles, bikes, skateboards, and dockless bicycles and scooters.

Those on foot in the area will need a Comic-Con badge to access the convention center's front drive, adjacent terraces, and sidewalks.

Detour and access map


Comic-Con is providing a free shuttle for those staying in Mission Valley and downtown. Shuttle stops will also stop near the airport and Shelter and Harbor Islands.

Shuttle service begins July 17 at 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. and again July 18 - 20 from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next day, and July 21 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttle services runs between every 15 to 30 minutes.

Unlike years prior, the shuttle will not run 24 hours a day. It won't be in service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

A PDF featuring a list and map of the shuttle's 57 stops can be downloaded here.

Shuttle service map


SDCC is offering attendees two options to purchase parking ahead of time from either ABM Parking or ACE Parking.

ABM has a number of parking spots available to purchase for anywhere from as low as $5 to $70. Parking availability also stretches from lots located blocks away from the convention center to as far as Harbor Island.

Paid ACE Parking lots are also open to the public throughout downtown where spots are available.


MTS will be running extra trolley services along its Sycuan Green Line, UC San Diego Blue Line, and Orange Line during Comic-Con. Service on each line will run every seven minutes at peak times to every 30 minutes toward the evening hours.

The schedules for each line from Wednesday through Sunday can be found here.

MTS also says attendees can park at Hazard Center in Mission Valley after 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday to take the trolley into downtown.


Ride-sharing option will be out in full force around the downtown area during Comic-Con. While drivers will have to use their own discretion where to drop off passengers, riders can help by knowing where closures near the convention center are located, and directing where best to drop-off.

And above all, always check that your ride-share driver is your intended driver. Ask for their name first and wait for them to call you by your name before getting inside a vehicle. Check that the license plate and vehicle make and color in-app and match the vehicle that has arrived.

Keep an eye out for Lyft and Uber deals in-app as well to save money on transportation downtown.