Originally Posted by Aiona
San Diego via public transportation:
This whole idea of exploring San Diego via public transporation started because American Airlines ****ed up my flight bigtime, so that I ended up staying in a hotel by the Star of India overnight. While I was waiting for them to figure out that they were going to cancel my flight (which took 8 hours for them to decide) and since I am not someone who is willing to pay $9 for a chicken salad sandwich in a plastic box, I took the city bus to the gaslamp district in order to find cheaper food.
Since that time, I've discovered *MORE* places one can go via city bus/trolley.From the airport, the city bus #992 goes downtown (and quickly too, it only takes about 10 minutes from the airport to the Santa Fe trolley stop), so if you have a long layover (4 hours or so), you can easily hop outside of the airport and do some perfume shopping before catching your flight.
Places I've been via public transport from the airport:
1. Fashion Valley Mall
Take Bus 992, get off at Santa Fe depot downtown. Get on the Blue Line (it's called "blue" but the trolley is colored red, don't ask, I dunno why that is either) going to Old Town. Get off at Old Town and hop on the Green Line, which stops at Fashion Valley Mall.Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Aveda, Art of Shaving, Bath and Body Works, L'Occitane
, and maybe others, but I never have enough to time walk the whole place.
2. Mission Valley Mall?
Okay, I haven't been here, yet, but if you continue on the Green Line, a few stops later is the Mission Valley Mall. I don't know what they have here.
3. Horton Plaza/Perfume Gallery
Take Bus 992, get off on Broadway, anywhere between the San Diego County Courthouse and "NBC San Diego." Walk directly south, and you will run into Horton Plaza. If you enter around the NBC San Diego building, you walk right into Macy's
, and if you take the escalator up, you are *in* the men's fragrance department. Walk thru the store to reach the women's section. And if you keep walking, you walk right out of Macy's into the main part of the plaza, second level. Follow the walkway south, and you will pass by a Bath and Body Works, and eventually you will hit Nordstrom's
. And right next to Nordstrom's, you really can't miss the Perfume Gallery
. I can't say they have much, other than a TON of mini's. There was a cute little mini of Bulgari Omnia, that I debated purchasing for my cousin (whom I found out loves it), but I ended up passing on any purchases for now. They had Creed samples, but no bottles. I thought that was weird.
4. And if you wanna go to the beach, instead of heading into Horton Plaza, hop off the 992, and get on the 901 which takes you all the way to Coronado Island, where you can get off at Hotel del Coronado, and walk south 3 blocks where you can sit on the sand, before you have to head back to the airport to get frisked, sit strapped into a cramped chair in pukey 70's upholstery, and be denied food and water for a few more hours.