Tips on transportation, parking at SDCC Special Edition

SAN DIEGO – Thousands of visitors are expected to come to downtown San Diego this week to hold a special edition of Comic-Con in person, after the last two editions were virtual.

Starting Friday, the Comic-Con Special Edition begins a three-day stay at the San Diego Convention Center to focus on the latest and greatest in pop culture. During the week, numerous discussions about the world of “Star Trek” – with actor Brent Spiner from “The Next Generation” present on Friday – as well as about “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter”, art across various media and a celebration of cosplay costumes.

While expected to be a sleek version of a traditional Comic-Con, organizers say it was driven by a desire to reunite with its fans as the pandemic kept the event exclusively online since its 2019 version.

But if you are planning to attend this weekend, there are a few things you should know.

How to get there

The Comic-Con Special Edition is being held at the 111 W. Harbor Harbor Convention Center. in the center of San Diego of the Marina District. It is the same venue where the event has been held annually since the early 1990s.

The organizers recommend several options for travelers who want to come to the event.

One option is to take the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System trolley, which stops opposite Hall A at Convention Center Station on Harbor Drive and First Avenue. The other nearby stop is at Gaslamp Station near Hall D at Harbor Drive and Fifth Avenue.

For those taking an MTS trolley or bus, the public transportation service offers its Trip Planner tool.

The tool allows travelers to plan their trips by bus, trolley or train and can provide options for the best routes and those with the least walking if desired.

Other options include Coaster Commuter Train. This option offers eight stations between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, where it stops at the Santa Fe Train Depot. Click or click here to buy tickets or to plan a trip with the commuter train.

Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is also available with stops at various locations in Southern California. Like the Coaster train, it stops at the Santa Fe Train Depot. Book a trip with Amtrak here.

A free shuttle is available between the Convention Center and the Comic-Con Museum at 2131 Pan American Plaza. It runs every 30 minutes and will pick up and drop off travelers outside Hall H.

The schedule for the shuttle is as follows:

  • Friday the 26th of November: 10:30 to 17:00;
  • Saturday the 27th of November: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m .; and
  • Sunday, Nov. 28: 9:30 to 17:00

A shuttle service for participants with mobility disabilities will also operate between all Comic-Con hotels and the Convention Center upon reservation. According to the organizers, members with emblems must book their hotel room using the OnPeak reservation system to use the service.

The ADA bus runs at the following times:

  • Friday the 26th of November: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m .;
  • Saturday the 27th of November: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m .; and
  • Sunday, Nov. 28: 7.00 to 19.00

Where to park

A lottery sale run by Ace Parking, which opened in October, ended Sunday for a limited number of parking spaces in downtown San Diego.

But as of Monday, Ace opened a system to the public for the remaining inventory.

Spaces near the Convention Center are available at 10 locations ranging from between $ 10 a day in garages at 501 W. Broadway, 601 W. Ash St. and 501 West C St. for up to $ 50 a day on the Fifth Avenue Landing Lot.

How to reserve your place.

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