San Diego International Airport
Conveniently located just ten minutes from downtown San Diego and a twenty minute taxi ride from the conference venue, the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies Center, San Diego International Airport is serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines, San Diego International Airport receives more than 16 million passengers a year.
Taxicab stands are located at the airport, most hotels, attractions and shopping centers. Your fare will be displayed on the meter and will include a flag drop charge plus a per-mile and/or a per-hour charge.
All rates calculated from the Cruise Ship Terminal located at 900 West Broadway in Downtown San Diego. Rates are approximate and will vary depending on traffic, etc.
Balboa Park: $8.00
Belmont Park/Mission Beach: $21.00
Del Mar Racetrack/Fairgrounds: $51.00
Gaslamp Quarter: $5.00
Hotel Del Coronado: $16.00
La Jolla: $32.00
Old Town: $12.00
San Diego International Airport: $8.00
San Diego Wild Animal Park: $78.00
San Diego Zoo: $9.00
San Ysidro Mexican Border: $35.00
Seaport Village: $4.00
San Diego's public transportation system offers a clean, inexpensive alternative to get around town. Trolleys, busses and commuter rails connect the city's neighborhoods, and their reach continues to expand.
Experience San Diego on your own schedule. Cruise around the streets in a convertible or a larger vehicle from one of many rental agencies.
1. Avis Rent A Car Systems
3180 N. Harbor Dr.
Tel: (619) 688-5030
2. Budget Car and Truck Rental
3125 Pacific Hwy.
Located at San Diego Airport plus 60 other Southern California locations. Variety of cars and trucks. Discounted group/corporate rates.
3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
6330 Marindustry Dr.
Airport office, plus 45 county-wide locations. Free pick-up and return. Convertibles, vans, 4x4's and cars. Corporate and group rates.
Useful Information for the Visitor from Abroad
The Official language used by the vast majority of the population of the United States of America (U.S.A.) is English. English is also the Official language of IEEE MFI 2015. English is understood everywhere, in the San Diego International Airport, hotels, restaurants, taxis, tourist venues. Also, because of the history of California Spanish is a second language. At major tourist hotels staff can speak foreign languages, e.g., Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. At IEEE MFI 2015 the organizers are making a special effort to have a variety of foreign language speakers resident at the Registration Desk.
The unit of currency of the U.S.A. is the U.S. Dollar Bill($=USD). The USD comes in different denominations, $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, etc. When exchanging money, say $100 of Traveler Checks to USD, it is recommended that 5 x $20 is accepted, simply because it is often difficult for a shopkeeper, or taxi driver to make change on a $100 (USD) Bill. Coins are issued using the conversion of $1 (USD) = 100 cents. Coins have the following denominations: 1 cent, 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter).
All major credit cards are used in the U.S.A., MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Discover. Credit cards can be used almost everywhere, hotels, stores, tourist venues, taxi.
The time zone for San Diego is Pacific Standard Time (PST), it is GMT - 8 Hours.
Electricity is 120 Volts, 60 Hz AC; plugs are two flat pins, or two flat pins and one round pin. Converters can be purchased at airport shops, or hotel stores, or stores selling luggage.
Bottled mineral water can be easily bought in stores, vending machines, and street kiosks, for approximately $1 (USD). Bottled water in a hotel room is commonly more expensive to purchase.
Both the Imperial system and the Metric systems are used in the U.S.A.
Tipping is customary in the U.S.A. provided a gratuity has not been added to a bill already, say at a restaurant. It is common to give a tip of between 15% and 20% of the total amount of the bill presented to a customer. Hotel bellboys, e.g., a hotel shuttle bus driver, driving a visitor from the airport to the hotel they are staying in, is commonly given $1-$2 per bag.
Smoking is prohibited almost everywhere. Other socially unacceptable habits include spitting, jaywalking, and littering. All of the foregoing can lead to arrest and fines.
911 is used in the U.S.A. to contact all emergency services, e.g., police, fire ambulance.
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