Why Rent a Charter Bus in San Diego?

San Diego skyline with buildings in distance and sailboat

Although San Diego’s public buses and trolleys are growing in popularity, the MTS isn’t the fastest or easiest way to navigate the city with a large group. The city still relies heavily on cars, and if you don’t have one of your own, you may want to opt for rideshares, taxis, a rental car, or a charter bus. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each of your San Diego transportation options:

MTS public transit

  • Pros: affordable, eco-friendly
  • Cons: time-consuming; stations can be difficult to reach, especially if your group includes children or people with mobility-related disabilities.

Taxis and rideshares

  • Pros: can travel on your own schedule and get dropped off exactly where you want to go
  • Cons: you’ll have to split up your group, which is especially difficult if you’re traveling with children; rides can quickly become expensive

Shofur charter buses

  • Pros: your entire group can stay together while traveling on your own schedule; may be less expensive per person than rideshares
  • Cons: more expensive than public transportation; limited parking for large buses

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Weddings in San Diego

San Diego’s abundant beaches and near-perfect weather make it an incredibly popular wedding destination. Whether you want to get married in a historic building in the Gaslamp Quarter or on the beach with the Pacific stretching out behind you, Shofur San Diego can provide transportation for your big day.

Bridesmaids and bride in bathrobes with champagne

Southern California traffic can be intimidating, especially for out-of-towners. Take some of the stress off your guests’ shoulders by renting a shuttle bus to take them from their hotel to your wedding ceremony and reception. You can even request a bus with power outlets so guests can charge their phones and arrive ready to take pictures of your big day. Here are some of the most popular wedding venues in the San Diego area:

The Pannikin Building

Great for: couples looking for an affordable option in the heart of the city
Address: 643 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (858) 281-0981

Lakehouse Hotel and Golf Resort

Great for: couples who want lakeside views and an elaborate, all-inclusive experience
Address: 1025 La Bonita Dr, San Marcos, CA 92078
Phone: (760) 744-0120

Hotel Del Coronado

Great for: couples who dream of getting married on the beach
Address: 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 435-6611

Corporate Events in San Diego

San Diego provides a beautiful and inviting setting for business meetings and massive conventions. If you’re in charge of arranging transportation for your coworkers, consider booking a shuttle bus to pick them up at San Diego International Airport and take them to their hotel or conference center.

Front steps of San Diego Convention Center
San Diego Convention Center

Aiming to stay productive? Shofur offers charter buses equipped with free WiFi to let business travelers keep up with work on the road. Want to help your group relax? Ask for reclining seats and let your colleagues lean back and rest their feet after a long day of presentations. Here are a few of the corporate venues in San Diego that we can provide transportation to:

San Diego Convention Center

Address: 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 525-5000

Marina Village Conference Center

Address: 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (619) 222-1620

San Diego Training and Conference Center

Address: 450 B St, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 235-8600

Sporting Events in San Diego

Although San Diego doesn’t have as many professional sports teams as Los Angeles or San Francisco, it does have the Padres, the city’s beloved Major League Baseball team. It also boasts several college teams, including the University of California San Diego Tritons, the University of San Diego Toreros, and the San Diego State Aztecs. The Aztecs’ men’s basketball team has an especially devoted following thanks to their multiple appearances in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA March Madness tournament.

Exterior of Petco Park
Petco Park, home of the Padres

If you’re planning to tailgate at one of these games, Shofur has you covered. Stash all of your grills, coolers, and boxes of beers in the undercarriage storage space, and let one of our professional drivers serve as your DD on the way to and from the stadium.

Bringing a team to play a game instead of watch one? The storage space can also hold bats, balls, racquets, pads, and even Gatorade. Here are just a few of the San Diego stadiums you can visit during your trip:

Petco Park

Home of the San Diego Padres (MLB)

Address: 100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 795-5555

SDCCU Stadium

Home of the San Diego State Aztecs (football)

Address: 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: (619) 641-3100

Viejas Arena

Home of the San Diego State Aztecs (basketball)

Address: 5500 Canyon Crest Dr, San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: (619) 594-0234

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College Tours in San Diego

San Diego’s array of great universities makes it a popular destination for college tours. You can ask your charter bus to drop you off at the University of California San Diego, a huge research university that’s an excellent choice for aspiring STEM majors. When you’re finished with your tour there, head to San Diego State University, another large public school that’s known for its diversity, excellent sports, and thriving social scene.

UC San Diego student center
University of California, San Diego

Work for a church or religious school? Book a minibus to take your group to the University of San Diego, a private Catholic school, or Point Loma Nazarene University, a small Christian college nestled near the beach. And if you’re worried about your students getting bored during the drive, request WiFi and charging ports so they can use their laptops or phones for homework and research.

University of California San Diego

Where your bus should drop you off: Triton Center

Address: 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Phone: (858) 534-2230

University of San Diego

Where your bus should drop you off: Manchester Hall

Address: 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4600

San Diego State University

Where your bus should drop you off: Prospective Student Center

Address: 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: (619) 594-5200

Point Loma Nazarene University

Where your bus should drop you off: Nicholson Commons

Address: 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Phone: (619) 849-2200

Field Trips in San Diego

As the home of one of the most famous zoos in the U.S., San Diego draws hundreds of school groups on field trips every year. If your class has already experienced the pandas, polar bears, and giraffes at the zoo, you can treat them to a day at the Safari Park instead, where they’ll see cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, and tigers in spaces that resemble their natural habitats.

Panda at San Diego Zoo
Panda at San Diego Zoo

A charter bus offers one of the easiest ways to get your class safely to the zoo or safari park. The buses in our network are often more comfortable than school buses, thanks to their plush seats and air-conditioning, and if you have an especially long drive, you can request TVs with DVD players so your kids can watch a documentary like Planet Earth. We also offer transportation to other popular field trip destinations, such as the locally beloved San Diego Museum of Art. Try these hotspots for your next San Diego field trip:

San Diego Zoo

Address: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 231-1515

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Address: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Phone: (760) 747-8702

The San Diego Museum of Art

Address: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102

Phone: (619) 232-7931

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Charter Buses to San Diego Comic-Con

If you’re going to Comic-Con International: San Diego—more commonly known as San Diego Comic-Con—Shofur would love to provide your transportation. You can pile your anime club, cosplay group, or friends from college onto a minibus and binge Marvel movies on flat-screen TVs the entire way to San Diego.

Spider-Man cosplay
Image credit: Judeus Samson on Unsplash

The streets of San Diego are packed during SDCC, so you’ll want to do some advance planning to make sure your group can get around. If you find a hotel walking distance from the con or along the SDCC shuttle route, you can leave your minibus safely at your lodging.

But don’t panic if you’re staying farther away. Your minibus can drop you off at the closest MTS station so you can hop on the trolley to the con. You could also plan for your bus to drop you off at the convention center, but keep in mind that traffic will be incredibly intense, so the trolley is probably a better option. You don’t want to waste any time that could be spent watching sneak previews of Rick and Morty or the next MCU blockbuster.

Bus Trips from San Diego to Las Vegas

San Diego has museums, zoos, conventions, and beaches, but what it does not have is an abundance of casinos. Luckily, you can reach Las Vegas in about five hours, and the beautiful drive will take you through the Mojave National Preserve. Just let us know you want to go to Vegas when you book your charter bus, and fill us in on the types of amenities you’d like to keep your group entertained. We can provide free WiFi, flatscreen TVs, and even AUX ports so you can turn on your favorite Spotify playlist.

Three women taking selfie in front of Las Vegas sign

Up for a longer drive? If you’re willing to add a few hours to your trip, you can stop by Joshua Tree National Park to hike past the beautiful specimens that give the park its name. We’ll have an air-conditioned bus waiting when you’re ready to continue on your way to Las Vegas’s concerts, magic shows, and musicals.

Bus Trips from San Diego to Los Angeles

If your group has never been to Southern California, you should try to visit Los Angeles while you’re in San Diego. You can reach LA in about two hours, and the drive will take you along the Pacific coastline, making it easy to stop at a beach or just enjoy some ocean views.

Two women shopping at street market in LA

Once you’re in LA, you can spend the day seeing the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sunbathing in Malibu, or going on rides at the Santa Monica Pier. When you’re ready to head back to San Diego, your charter bus will be waiting with air-conditioning and reclining seats where you can rest your feet.

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Our Favorite Group-Friendly Destinations in San Diego

Still looking for a few more activities to add to the itinerary for your tour group, religious organization, or scouting troop? San Diego has plenty to offer. You won’t want to miss Balboa Park, a 1,200-acre oasis that includes multiple museums as well as gardens and walking paths. If you’re more into history, you can check out the USS Midway Museum and San Diego’s Old Town.

Trolley in downtown San Diego

Here are a few memorable, group-friendly places to visit during your San Diego vacation:

Balboa Park

Great for: Field Trips, Private Trips, and Corporate Trips

Stroll through the Japanese Friendship Garden, explore the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and take pictures in front of the Botanical Building and lily pond, all within Balboa Park. The cultural heart of San Diego, the park houses the zoo, 17 museums, multiple gardens, open spaces where artists paint and musicians perform, and the historic Spreckels Organ, the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ.

Fountain in Balboa Park

Although Balboa Park has many parking garages and parking lots, they can fill up quickly during weekends, holidays, and busy seasons like spring and summer. Most of the lots also don’t allow oversized vehicles, so your best bet is to ask your bus to drop you off in the park and return to the hotel or search for parking elsewhere.

Good drop-off address: 625 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101

USS Midway Museum

Great for: Field Trips, Senior Citizen Trips

An authentic aircraft carrier, the USS Midway was commissioned just after WWII and served in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm before coming to its final resting place in the San Diego Embarcadero. Today, it serves a museum where you can discover restored WWII aircraft, explore the flight deck, and wander through the crew’s former mess halls and galleys.

USS Midway

Because it’s on the Embarcadero, the museum lies near an abundance of restaurants and stores you can enjoy after your visit. However, its location right on the waterfront also means that the museum has no designated parking. You’ll need to ask your charter bus to drop you off and pick you up when your group is finished with your day on the waterfront.

Good drop-off address: 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Group tickets: (619) 544-9600

Old Town

Great for: Field Trips, Private Trips, Senior Citizen Trips

Home to some of the oldest preserved buildings in the area, Old Town State Historic Park marks the spot where Spanish settlers first established the city of San Diego. Most of the adobe ranch homes date back to 1820-1870, and you can tour historic places like the Junípero Serra Museum, Casa de Estudillo, and the Whaley House Museum—which is rumored to be haunted!

Old Town San Diego

Old Town is also a center of Mexican culture in the city. Dine on delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine while listening to music from street performers, and then go shopping for clothes, jewelry, pottery, and candy in the local shops. Since parking in Old Town is very limited, you may want to ask your bus to drop you off at the Park and Ride station so you can take the trolley into the neighborhood.

Good drop-off address: 4005 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110

La Jolla Cove

Great for: Private Trips, Pre- or Post-Wedding Celebrations

San Diego is packed with picturesque beaches, but La Jolla Cove still stands out for its extraordinary beauty. This small beach bordered by cliffs is one of the most-photographed spots in all of San Diego. It’s also a marine life ecological reserve, which means you’ll be surrounded by fish if you opt to swim, snorkel, or scuba. The water is so clear that you may be able to see as far as 30 feet underwater.

La Jolla Cove

You have a couple of options for parking within La Jolla. Street parking is typically free, but it can be hard to find a spot for a bus. You may be able to reserve and pre-pay for parking using the ACE parking app, but if you can’t find space for a full-sized bus, your best alternative is to ask your driver to drop you off and return to pick you up when you’re done swimming.

Good drop-off address: 1214-16 Prospect Pl, La Jolla, CA 92037

Rent a Bus in San Diego

When you’re ready to visit the San Diego Zoo or take off for Comic-Con, Shofur would love to provide your transportation. We can find a spacious charter bus with reclining seats, climate control and free WiFi for your next campus tour or corporate outing. Just give Shofur a call at 1-800-436-8719 to receive a free, personalized quote before you take your group to San Diego.

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Prices displayed here are estimates and may not reflect the price of your bus rental. The only way to get an accurate quote is to call our 24-hour team at 1-800-436-8719.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answer is: it depends. When you call one of our 24/7 reservation specialists with your trip details, they will build a quote for you based on a few factors, including how far you'll be traveling, which bus you rent, how many hours or days you will need the rental, and where and when you will be picked up. Depending on your trip itinerary, your rental cost will be broken down by hour, day, or mile.

You can learn more on our charter bus pricing page, and your reservation specialist will be happy to break down pricing further when you call.

Our network offers full-size charter buses, minibus rentals, and sprinter vans. Full-size charter bus rentals are great for larger groups or longer distance trips and can accommodate up to 56 passengers, while minibus rentals work well for medium-sized groups of 12 to 25 passengers. Groups even smaller than that can rent a sprinter van, which comfortably accommodates up to 12 people.

Visit our buses page to learn more about the charter bus options available in Shofur's network.

Every bus model in our network comes with their own special amenities and capabilities, including but not limited to:

  • WiFi and/or power outlets
  • A/C and heating
  • TV monitors and a DVD player
  • Onboard restrooms
  • AM/FM radio
  • Overhead storage bins
  • Luggage bays
  • ADA accessible features

If you have a specific amenity request, be sure to let your reservation specialist know and they will be happy to work with you to find the best bus for your group.

When you call to get a free, no-obligation quote, you will get a number that is transparent and all-inclusive. Below is a list of components your quote covers:

  • The bus itself
  • A professional charter bus driver
  • The bus's mileage and fuel
  • Insurance
  • Tolls
  • Processing fees

Remember that your quote will not include certain aspects that are out of Shofur's control or at your own discretion, such as:

  • Gratuity for your driver (at your discretion, typically 5-10% of the total cost of the rental)
  • Parking fees
  • Lodging for your driver (required for multi-day trips)

No. Your professional, trained, and highly experienced charter bus driver will take care of all the driving so you can sit back and relax during your journey. Each charter bus driver has undergone numerous background checks and driving tests to ensure their safety and expertise.

Yes. A fee of 10% of the total cost of the trip is due at the time of your booking.

Your rental will need to be paid in full 7 days before your trip date.

Most charter bus providers will allow you to drink on your bus. However, be sure to let your reservation specialist know so that they can determine for sure. Also, be mindful about not leaving a mess behind, or you may be subject to a cleaning fee that is usually $250.