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San Diego city information for Neuroscience 2018


Here is a collection of information about San Diego to help ensure your SfN Annual Meeting goes smoothly.

Find out more details about travelling to your hotel, the convention centre and around the city, with links provided for more details.

Getting from the main airport to your hotel

If you’re arriving by air, there are a couple of ways to reach your hotel from San Diego’s main airport:

Taxi: Once you get to arrivals follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas, on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim level adjacent to each terminal. Taxi fares from the airport to the Convention Center and downtown hotels will vary, but cost approximately $25. Most taxi companies accept payment by card.

San Diego also has Uber if you wish to hire a taxi from your phone on arrival, the UberPOOL option should cost $11-12.

Airport Shuttles: Super Shuttle offers daily services to and from San Diego International Airport from the Transportation Plaza across from Terminals 1 and 2. Shuttles operate on a shared-ride-on-demand basis and calling ahead is encouraged. For more information, call +1 (800) 258 3826 or visit Super Shuttle.

Finding the convention centre

The San Diego Convention Centre is located next to the water to the south of the Gaslamp district.

Address: 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Telephone: +1 (619) 525 5000

For more information visit the Convention Center’s website

Getting around the city (and to the convention centre)

Shuttle service: SfN provides complimentary shuttle services between the San Diego Convention Center and most of the official meeting hotels. Find out more information on the SfN website.

Big Bay Shuttle: This shuttle service provides transport from the convention centre to various attractions, shops and hotels along the bay.

Metropolitan Transit System (MTS): The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System operates trolley and bus services all over San Diego including some that serve the convention centre and most of the official meeting hotels.

Taxi: Several taxi companies operate within San Diego. It is easy to pick up cabs at the convention centre and most downtown locations. Alternatively, order an Uber in advance to simplify matters.

Car: Private vehicle parking is available at the San Diego Convention Center's underground car park for a daily fee of $15. Enter the garage on Harbor Drive between First and Fifth Avenues.

Fun beyond the conference

Fancy a little time outside? You are in Southern California after all. Get out of the convention centre and spend some time visiting San Diego’s top sites. Below are some sites that we recommend visiting.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is home to San Diego zoo as well as more than 16 museums, gardens and trails. Located in downtown San Diego, this 1200-acre park is the idea place to take a stroll and get some fresh air. 


Mission Beach

The Mission Beach – Pacific Beach boardwalk spans three and a half miles and is a great place to cycle or walk whilst admiring the sandy beach. The beach is popular for both beginner and experienced surfers.

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is the best place for nightlife in San Diego. However, it is just as worth exploring in the day. It is full of Victorian-style buildings which contain plenty of shops, art galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs. There’s something to see and do for everyone here!

Check out our restaurant guide for places to eat in the Gaslamp quarter

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is one of the best places to go to see a beautiful California sunset. The park has cliff formations, caves as well as great views of the ocean horizon.


If you’re looking for some great places to eat and drink, particularly after a long day of Neuroscience, then check out Scientifica’s Restaurant guide for Neuroscience 2018.

Enjoy your trip to San Diego for Neuroscience 2016! If you’re still planning which sessions to attend, then read Scientifica’s guide to the top sessions at this year’s meeting.

And don’t forget to come and see us at booth 1213!

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