San Diego – Comic-Con International, July 19-23

July 19, 2023

    Hi Mooviters and Cosplayers,

    San Diego is hosting Comic-Con, July 19 (preview night) – 23, at the San Diego Convention Center.

    Avoid traffic and parking, and travel in style with transit! MTS is offering additional service and for those traveling from father afield, take Amtrak or NCTD to transfer to MTS. Comic-Con also offers a free shuttle service to attendees.

    MTS – Additional Service for Comic-Con

    Service to the Convention Center and 12th & Imperial will be provided on both the Special Event Line and Green Line Trolleys; or you can take the UC San Diego Blue Line or Orange Line to 12th & Imperial.

    • Special Event Line: A special Trolley line will operate between the Balboa Avenue Transit Center and 12th & Imperial Transit Center every 15 minutes, Thursday July 20, through Sunday, July 23, to help with extra Comic-Con passengers. The Special Event Line will serve UC San Diego Blue Line stations between Balboa Avenue and Santa Fe Depot, and then will continue along the Green Line path between Santa Fe Depot and 12th & Imperial (see map on interior).
    • For service to the Orange Line or Blue Line to San Ysidro and South Bay, take any Trolley from Convention Center to 12th & Imperial and transfer.
    • For Blue Line service north of Balboa, take the Special Event Line and transfer at Tecolote, Clairemont or Balboa Avenue.
    • If transferring at 12th & Imperial, look for signs that differentiate between Special Event and Green Line boarding zones, and double check the headway signs. MTS staff will also be on site directing passengers.
    • Listen for on board announcements at Old Town for service north to Balboa or east to Santee.
    • Gillespie – Santee Trolley Shuttle: The Green Line will end and start at Gillespie Field. Passengers who need service to and from Santee will use the Santee Trolley shuttle and transfer at Gillespie.
    • Preview Night: Will have 15-minute service on the Green Line and UC San Diego Blue Line to UTC until 10 p.m.


    Comic-Con Shuttle Service

    Comic-Con’s FREE Shuttle service stops in downtown, Mission Valley, and hotels near the airport on Shelter Island and Harbor Island. The shuttle service, coordinated by SEAT Planners LLC Incorporated, kicks in Wednesday, July 19 from 3:00 PM until 12:00 AM for Comic-Con’s Preview Night.

    On Thursday, July 20, Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, service begins at 5:00 AM and runs until 1:00 AM. On Sunday, July 23, the shuttle is available from 5:00 AM until 7:00 PM, with the frequency changing throughout each of the days. Pick which shuttle route is best for you, and show your Comic-Con badge when you get on … it’s that simple!

    Please note: There is no shuttle service from 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM each day. The shuttles that go to Petco Park will NOT move to the Convention Center driveway at night.

    Comic-Con Shuttle Service Frequency
    Wednesday, July 19
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM: Every 20 minutes
    • 7:00 PM–12:00 AM*: Every 15 minutes
    Thursday, July 20
    • 5:00 AM–8:00 AM: Every 30 minutes
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM: Every 15 minutes
    • 9:00 PM–1:00 AM*: Every 30 minutes
    Friday, July 21
    • 5:00 AM–8:00 AM: Every 30 minutes
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM: Every 15 minutes
    • 9:00 PM–1:00 AM*: Every 30 minutes
    Saturday, July 22
    • 5:00 AM–8:00 AM: Every 30 minutes
    • 8:00 AM–9:00 PM: Every 15 minutes
    • 9:00 PM–1:00 AM*: Every 30 minutes
    Sunday, July 23
    • 5:00 AM–8:00 AM: Every 30 minutes
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM*: Every 15 minutes

    *The ending time indicated is the last departure from the San Diego Convention Center to official hotels. The last bus departing the hotels going to the Convention Center is approximately 30 minutes prior to the end time listed.

    Shuttle Schedule and Routes



    Take the COASTER to downtown San Diego, and enjoy free parking at all COASTER stations. Got off at Santa Fe Depot and transfer to MTS Trolley or take the free Comic-Con Hotel Shuttle.



    Amtrak’s Pacific Liner resumed service on Monday, allowing you to take Amtrak straight to the San Diego Santa Fe Station. 


    You Ride We Guide,

    The USA Moovit Team