Getting to UCSD

A good summary of ways to get to UCSD can be found at http://blink.ucsd.edu/facilities/transportation/visitor/directions.html.

Flying: UCSD is served by the San Diego International Airport (SAN) and through United at the commuter airport in Carlsbad (CLD).

Train: Why not take the train? Train service to UCSD is cheap and convenient from Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties using Amtrak and/or Metrolink. The closest station to UCSD on the Amtrak line is Solana Beach, from which you can take a taxi, the 101 Breeze bus (which terminates on campus), or your bike to the conference/hotel. For Metrolink, you should transfer to a Coaster train in Oceanside to either Solana Beach or Sorrento Valley stations, and hop a taxi, UCSD shuttle or bike from there. Be sure to check the links below for schedules.


Here are some sample itineraries:

  • Hop on the local Amtrak Surfliner Line to Solana Beach Station; take the 101 Breeze bus and get off at Salk Institute. Walk across the street to the conference venue.
  • Hop on the local Metrolink Line to Oceanside; transfer to a Coaster train to Sorrento Valley; take the UCSD coaster shuttle up to the Salk Institute stop. Walk across the street to the conference venue.

Here are some helpful links:

Driving: UCSD is located in La Jolla, CA, about 15 miles north of downtown San Diego and the main airport. It is most conveniently accessed from the 5 freeway at either the La Jolla Village Drive or Gilman Drive exits.






Directions from San Diego Airport (SAN) to Institute of the Americas (IOA) [14.7 miles -- about 25 minutes]

  1. Head west on Airport Terminal Rd (394 ft)
  2. Keep right at the fork (0.5 mi)
  3. Turn right onto N Harbor Dr (0.8 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Laning Rd (0.5 mi)
  5. Turn right onto Rosecrans St (1.6 mi)
  6. Keep left at the fork (390 ft)
  7. Continue onto Camino Del Rio W (0.4 mi)
  8. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-5/Los Angeles and merge onto I-5 N (8.5 mi)
  9. Take exit 28B for La Jolla Village Dr (0.3 mi)
  10. Turn left onto La Jolla Village Dr (0.9 mi)
  11. Continue straight onto N Torrey Pines Rd (0.8 mi)
  12. Turn right onto Muir College Dr (420 ft)
  13. Turn left onto Scholars Dr N (0.2 mi)
  14. Turn right onto Thurgood Marshall Ln (240 ft)
  15. Take the 1st left onto International Ln (0.1 mi)
  16. IOA will be on the right

Directions from LA to Institute of the Americas (IOA) [approx. 110 mi - about 2 hours]

  1. Take I-5 S towards San Diego (approx. 100 mi)
  2. Slight right to stay on I-5 S (1.3 mi)
  3. Take exit 29 for Genesee Ave (0.2 mi)
  4. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Genesee Avenue W and merge onto Genesee Ave (0.8 mi)
  5. Turn left onto N Torrey Pines Rd (0.6 mi)
  6. Turn left onto Pangea Dr (479 ft)
  7. Turn right onto Scholars Dr N (30 ft)
  8. Take the 1st left onto Thurgood Marshall Ln (240 ft)
  9. Take the 1st left onto International Ln (0.1 mi)
  10. IOA will be on the right

Parking Attendees wanting to park on campus should park in either the Pangea Parking Structure or Hopkins Parking Structure, both within a short walking distance of Institute of the Americas. Park in any white 'V' (visitor), green 'B' (staff), or yellow 'S' (student) parking space, then purchase a permit from one of the pay station permit machines located on each level, return to your vehicle and place the permit on the dashboard. To locate parking structures, enter their names at http://maps.ucsd.edu or refer to the map below.

Hotels

Attendees are responsible for arranging their accommodations. Be sure to book early as special UCSD group rates and UCSD individual rates may be in short supply closer to the time of the conference. Once those are sold out, the regular hotel rates will apply. Courtesy group blocks have been arranged for the top three hotels listed below, Marriott Residence Inn, La Jolla Shores Hotel and La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Follow the instructions to book. These group rates are limited to a specified number of rooms, so book now to secure the special group rate. If these are all sold out, either inquire if a different UCSD individual rate is available or make your reservation at one of the other hotels and secure their UCSD individual rate.

Marriott Residence Inn La Jolla
8901 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
(800) 331-3131 or (858) 587-1770

Across the street from south side of campus (about 25-minute walk to venue), rooms come with kitchens.

  • UCSD Courtesy group block rate: $155.00 (available for two nights, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20)
  • Reservations must be received on or before Wednesday, August 29, 2012
  • Call (800) 331-3131 or (858) 587-1770 and mention you're part of the UCSD Group staying at the Residence Inn in San Diego La Jolla.
  • If UCSD Courtesy group block is sold out, you may ask if the regular UCSD rate of $165.00 is available
  • Studio Suite including kitchen
  • Parking: $12.00/day self-parking or $6.00/day for Meeting Attendees
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? yes

La Jolla Shores Hotel
8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037
(800) 237-5211

Located on the beach, it's about 3 miles from campus (10-minute drive). Complimentary hotel shuttles are available -- call the front desk to make shuttle reservations. Neighboring La Jolla Beach & tennis Club is operated by the same owner, the prestigious Kellogg family.

  • UCSD Courtesy group block rates (available for two nights, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20):
    • Garden Patio $149.00
    • Coastal View $169.00
    • Beach Front $229.00
  • Reservations must be made by August 29, 2012
  • Call (800) 237-5211 and refer to the UCSD Keck Science Meeting. Specify you want a room at La Jolla Shores Hotel.
  • If UCSD Courtesy group block is sold out, you may ask if a different UCSD rate is available
  • Parking: $16.00/day self-parking
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? no

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
(800) 237-5211

Beachfront resort with access to private beach, it's about 3 miles from campus (10-minute drive). Complimentary hotel shuttles are available -- call the front desk to make shuttle reservations. Neighboring La Jolla Shores Hotel is operated by the same owner, the prestigious Kellogg family.

  • UCSD Courtesy group block rate: $219.00 for standard room (available for two nights, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20)
  • Reservations must be made by August 29, 2012
  • Call (800) 237-5211 and refer to the UCSD Keck Science Meeting. Specify you want a room at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.
  • If UCSD Courtesy group block is sold out, you may ask if a different UCSD rate is available
  • Complimentary parking
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? no

Sheraton La Jolla
3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 453-5500

Across the street from south side of campus (about 25-minute walk to venue).

  • UCSD individual rate: $159.00 based on availability
  • Book reservation two ways:
  • Starwood Preferred Guest Awards Program
  • All rooms come with a mini-fridge, microwave and in-room coffee.
  • Parking: $10.00/day self-parking
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? no

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037
(877) 437-8262

Located across the street from campus, about 15 min walk from the meeting venue.

  • UCSD individual rate: $179.00 based on availability (no resort fee)
  • Parking: $10/day self-parking, $12/day valet parking
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? no

Clarion Del Mar Inn
720 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
(800) 451-4515

6 miles from campus (about 10 min drive), complimentary shuttle for small groups.

  • UCSD individual rate: $89.99 based on availability
  • Parking: no charge
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? yes

Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 792-5200

9 miles from campus (about 15 min drive), complimentary shuttle for small groups.

  • UCSD individual rates starting at: $109.00 based on availability
  • Parking: no charge
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? no

Hampton Inn
11920 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 792-5557

6 miles from campus (about 10 min drive), complimentary shuttle for small groups.

  • UCSD individual rate: $119.00 based on availability
  • Parking: no charge
  • Free Wireless? yes
  • Free Breakfast? yes

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