For bird's eye view of Balboa Park, and where everything is located, you can view our detailed online Park Map with information on parking and the locations of the buildings, museums, restaurants and other points of interest.
Getting to the Park
The Jewel of San Diego, Balboa Park is located close to Downtown and San Diego International Airport. There are many ways to get to the Park, including walking, biking, public transportation, and driving. Located just minutes from downtown San Diego, Balboa Park can be accessed from most major freeways. Driving and parking can be difficult during peak times or during major events; be sure to consult our Traffic Alerts page prior to your visit.
The Park is walking distance from popular neighborhoods, including South Park, North Park, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Downtown, Gaslamp District, East Village, Banker's Hill, and University Heights. There are bike racks situated throughout the Park where you can lock up your own bike, or there are usually a few DecoBike Stations located in or near the Park, (please check their website for station locations), as well as, other dockless rental bikes and scooters.
For up-to-the minute freeway driving times, transit routes and ridesharing information, consult the 511 service for the San Diego area. This is a free telephone (dial 511) and web-based program.
Getting to Balboa Park using Public Transportation
Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the downtown and Mission Valley areas.
- Print out a handy map of the bus and trolley systems servicing downtown, the airport, and Balboa Park.
- Review the times for route Route 120 (Fashion Valley), Route 7 (City College) and Rapid 215 are the main bus routes through Balboa Park
- Download Compass Cloud, the free mobile ticketing app, to buy a 1-Day Pass for only $6, and get unlimited rides all day on MTS Buses and Trolleys. All MTS Trolleys and Buses are wheelchair accessible.
- For information and custom transportation routes to Balboa Park, visit the MTS Website or dial (619) 233-3004. You'll be given the option of selecting transit routes that are: the fastest; have the fewest transfers; or have the least amount of walking.
Getting to Balboa Park by Car - or Ride Share
The heart of Balboa Park is located at 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101.
Southbound from I-5
Take the 10th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn left on "A" Street and left again on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.
Northbound from I-5
Take the Pershing Drive/B Street exit off I-5 to Pershing Drive. Take Pershing and then turn left on Florida Drive. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Left on Park Blvd.
Southbound from Hwy 163
Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.