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bduff
07-27-2005, 11:19 AM
For a future trip, we're considering flying into San Diego for 2-3 days, then coming up to DLR for probably 3-4 days. We don't need a rental car once we're at DLR. We may not need one in San Diego either, since we'd stay at a hotel fairly cental to the things we want to see down there.

Even so, am I best off getting a rental car anyway, just to get from San Diego up to DLR? Is there some type of bus or shuttle service that would be better and/or cheaper for a family of 4 than the rental car? And if we do go the rental car route, is there a convenient place near DLR that we could return the car once we arrive (to avoid rental car and parking charges while we're at DLR), or would we have to make a side trip to the airport to drop it off?

lakingsfankurt
07-27-2005, 11:23 AM
Rent a car. Nothing in San Diego is central enough to not rent a car. You can walk/take the bus/trolly for downtown (if you stay downtown), but to get to any other places (ie: sea world, legoland, zoo, wild animal park, etc) you really need a car.

MartyLuvsTigger
07-27-2005, 11:29 AM
Rent a car. Nothing in San Diego is central enough to not rent a car. You can walk/take the bus/trolly for downtown (if you stay downtown), but to get to any other places (ie: sea world, legoland, zoo, wild animal park, etc) you really need a car.
ditto

even if your Hotel offers complementry shuttle service, there are limits to where they can go. If you are not going to return the rental to the same location, you should try to rent from National or Alamo. They do one way rentals.
But if you are going to Dland and heading back to San Diego, use Enterprise (http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do) :D

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 11:38 AM
For a future trip, we're considering flying into San Diego for 2-3 days, then coming up to DLR for probably 3-4 days. We don't need a rental car once we're at DLR. We may not need one in San Diego either, since we'd stay at a hotel fairly cental to the things we want to see down there.

Even so, am I best off getting a rental car anyway, just to get from San Diego up to DLR? Is there some type of bus or shuttle service that would be better and/or cheaper for a family of 4 than the rental car? And if we do go the rental car route, is there a convenient place near DLR that we could return the car once we arrive (to avoid rental car and parking charges while we're at DLR), or would we have to make a side trip to the airport to drop it off?

If you don't plan on going to the park on a weekend, use the Metrolink. (http://www.metrolinktrains.com/)

The only problem is, the farthest south it goes is to Oceanside, but only runs during the week and not the weekend. Taking that line, you can either get off at Anaheim near Edison Field, or at the Fullerton Station. Either way, once you get off, you can use the OCTA public transportation to get to the parks. (From Fullerton, it's right down Harbor Blvd to the DLR) And your purchased Metrolink ticket will be your bus pass so you won't have to pay for bus fare.

TikiGeek
07-27-2005, 11:47 AM
Ditto - Ditto! :)

You can take Amtrak (the train=Coaster/Metrolink) from the downtown San Diego station. You can take the trolley to the station and then ART to DLR. I've done it before - it sucks!

It takes too long, it's more expensive than renting a car and you have to leave the park early to catch the train.

[Rick Steves]Rent a car, pay $9 to park - it's cheaper and your schedule is your own. [/Rick Steves]

IMPORTANT! - leave San Diego by 6:00 in the morning so you miss the worst of the traffic. :eek:

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 11:49 AM
Metrolink doesn't take that long. :p

Darkbeer
07-27-2005, 11:53 AM
National/Alamo has an office on Katella, just south of the Timon Parking Lot.

Enterprise does not offer one-way rentals.

I would go with the rental car, and when you get to the DLR, stop at a grocery store first, and pick up some drinks/snacks, to help with the budget. Maybe even the Disneyland Outlet Warehouse (and there is a Food 4 Less and an In-n-Out Burger all in the same basic block :)

TikiGeek
07-27-2005, 11:55 AM
Metrolink doesn't take that long. :pThe Coaster takes 45 minutes to get to Oceanside (stops at Solana Beach) and then it takes (75?) minutes to get to Anaheim. Not to mention the transportation to and from the train - too long - I'll drive, even with traffic. ;)

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 11:56 AM
Ouch, didn't think it would be that long. Yeah, go rental car. There is also an enterprise office right there where Darkbeer suggested. And there is no fee on mileage used if the vehicle stays in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Darkbeer
07-27-2005, 11:59 AM
Ouch, didn't think it would be that long. Yeah, go rental car. There is also an enterprise office right there where Darkbeer suggested. And there is no fee on mileage used if the vehicle stays in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

But Enterprise does NOT offer one-way rentals, you have to return the car to the office where you got it from... won't work in this case.

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 12:00 PM
LOL! Oops, I missed that part in your previous post. LOL thanks Dark. Nevermind, dont go enterprise lol.

TikiGeek
07-27-2005, 12:04 PM
Oops! I missed the one-way thing and the 3-4 day thing - nevermind.

Yes! There is a train to DLR from San Diego. :) Have fun!

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 12:05 PM
Oops! I missed the one-way thing and the 3-4 day thing - nevermind.

Yes! There is a train to DLR from San Diego. :) Have fun!

ROTFL!!! He'll never be able to make up his mind with our help! lol

Darkbeer
07-27-2005, 12:07 PM
Here is a list of some of the Alamo discount codes, from MouseSavers.com

http://www.mousesavers.com/alamo.html




Wal-Mart Customers (i.e. anyone) can get up to 20% off rentals at Alamo (http://www.alamo.com/). Use Rate Code BY and ID# 430710.

bduff
07-27-2005, 12:14 PM
ROTFL!!! She'll never be able to make up her mind with our help! lol

Actually, I'm a he - and thanks for all the input!

We'll go with the rental car, and NOT with Enterprise. I'll check out those Alamo discounts Darkbeer mentions. And stopping by a grocery store first before dropping off the car is a great idea.

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 12:18 PM
LOL sorry. Its been edited though.

Hakuna Makarla
07-27-2005, 12:25 PM
Let me tell you what we did. we went from Anaheim ( disneyland ) to san diego and we took the train. it was cheap and fun. ( if you can find a seat )

Darkbeer
07-27-2005, 12:27 PM
You might get Alamo even cheaper if you have a Costco membership...

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Productgroup.aspx?prodid=10027276&whse=BC&topnav=&cat=4946&hierPath=1133*4946*

MartyLuvsTigger
07-27-2005, 01:14 PM
Just to clear things up, Enterprise does do one way rentals...for a drop fee. (sorry I like the company I work for) :D

TRY ME (http://www.geicoprivileges.com/members/home.php?sid=XdKrlo26)

It is free to sign up and they have great deals on rental cars.... :)

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 01:16 PM
A vision of a deserted street on some old western town, with the exception of two gun slingers at opposite ends of the street, comes suddenly to mind. :p

Darkbeer
07-27-2005, 01:21 PM
http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do





One way rental informationhttp://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/images/dotBlank.gifhttp://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/images/dotBlank.gifGenerally, Enterprise does not specialize in one-way rentals. Please consult with the Enterprise office to determine if a one-way rental is possible.

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 01:22 PM
one bullet goes flyin, as I run for cover! :p lol

coronado_g
07-27-2005, 01:33 PM
Rent a car. Nothing in San Diego is central enough to not rent a car. You can walk/take the bus/trolly for downtown (if you stay downtown), but to get to any other places (ie: sea world, legoland, zoo, wild animal park, etc) you really need a car.
I live in San Diego and most absolutely agree with this recommendation to rent a car. The trolley is fun and a cool way to get around downtown but, please, try to avoid using the bus for getting to such places as Sea World, the Zoo, Wild Animal Park, etc. The bus system is NOT a convenient means of transportation for tourists here. Please consider renting a car. It's much safer.

MartyLuvsTigger
07-27-2005, 02:03 PM
http://www.enterprise.com/car_rental/home.do
I have worked for the company for 6 yrs. It is up to the location, but we do sometimes do one way rentals, for a drop fee. But I am just splitting hairs aren't I ;)

Come on Darkbeer, lets hug it out! :D

phoenixfire2k5
07-27-2005, 02:04 PM
I have worked for the company for 6 yrs. It is up to the location, but we do sometimes do one way rentals, for a drop fee. But I am just splitting hairs aren't I ;)

Come on Darkbeer, lets hug it out! :D

lol