Getting to North County San Diego

If you’re in the market for a North County San Diego home, then you’ll probably want to spend some time looking at homes in person. For those that are traveling to us from outside the area, we thought we’d put together some information to help you get here and get around while you’re here. Here’s what you need to know about North County transportation options.

Traveling by air

Touted as the “gateway to and from San Diego’s North County,” McClellan-Palomar Airport is the closest airport serving the area. Located in Carlsbad, the airport mostly services private and corporate jets, but plans are in the works to offer more commercial flights in the near future. The closest major airport is San Diego International Airport, which operates hundreds of domestic and international flights every day. Additionally, you can fly into John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which is serviced by several major domestic airlines.

Traveling by public transportation

For a pleasant adventure, try traveling to North County on the train. The North County Transit District operates the COASTER commuter train, which travels north and south through San Diego County and stops at eight stations between Oceanside and downtown. The SPRINTER light-rail service travels east and west and connects Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido at 15 stations. They also operate the BREEZE bus service with stops throughout North County, as well as the FLEX shuttle service, which is by reservation only. Finally, LIFT is a fully accessible paratransit shuttle service available to those whose disabilities may prevent them from utilizing the other transit options that are available.

Amtrak offers train service on the Pacific Surfliner, which connects San Diego to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. This is a wonderful option which offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean throughout the trip.

Traveling by car

This is Southern California, which means that at some point you’ll be traveling by car. The area is easy to access via Interstate 5, Interstate 15 and California Highway 101. A few tips for driving on the freeways:

  • Most freeways in and around San Diego have four lanes, and the lane that is farthest to the left is the #1 lane.
  • On some freeways, the #1 lane is a carpool lane. Be aware this lane moves fast and entering and exiting are restricted to certain locations.
  • According to the California Highway Patrol, lane #3 is the safest lane for driving, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area.

Helpful apps

Finally, there are some transit apps and websites available that will help you with your travels when you’re in North County:

  • Sigalert.com alerts you to current traffic conditions, speeds, construction, and incidents.
  • Waze is a community-based traffic app where you can find real-time traffic info from other drivers.
  • For on-demand rides, try Uber, RideYellow, and SuperShuttle.

More information

Would you like more information about buying or selling a home in North County San Diego? Then click here or call 760-758-1211 to speak with an agent from the Cristine Clark and Jamie Gilman Team. We love real estate and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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