Travel to San Diego

Get to Know San Diego

San Diego, California, is the eighth largest city in the United States and an accessible city for international travelers. It is also consistently one of the most popular locations for the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. TMS2020 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, with additional events taking place at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the TMS headquarters hotel.

The convention center is located a short walk from award-winning dining venues, shopping, and nightlife in the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The facility is also surrounded by waterfront parks, the USS Midway historic naval aircraft carrier, and the Petco Park baseball stadium and is a short drive from Balboa Park.

Preview all there is to do and see in our host city through this welcome site for TMS2020 attendees from the San Diego visitor’s bureau.

Resources for International Travelers

If you are traveling to San Diego from overseas, you can view a translated guide to San Diego as a tourism destination through the San Diego Tourism Authority. For more information on local resources, such as translation services or recommendations for cultural food considerations, you can contact Visit San Diego’s Public Affairs team.

Getting Around

The San Diego Convention Center is located just three miles from the San Diego International Airport. Shuttles, taxis, and rental cars are available at the airport. For more information on getting to and from the airport, visit the San Diego International Airport website.

Once you’ve settled in to your hotel, the Metropolitan Transit System offers day passes for bus and trolley transportation throughout the city and to popular San Diego locations, if you’d like to do some exploring before the conference begins.

Free Rides in Downtown San Diego

Use FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) to request free rides to various locations in downtown San Diego throughout your visit. Here’s how it works:

  • Download The Free Ride App at
  • Request a ride
  • Driver confirms that he/she is on the way
  • Rider gets a Free Ride anywhere within the coverage area, which includes popular visitor destinations for dining and shopping in the downtown San Diego area. Key spots along the route include: USS Midway, Seaport Village, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Convention Center (where TMS2020 will be held), Petco Park, the Hard Rock Hotel, and Horton Plaza.

Weather in San Diego

Well-known for its sunny, comfortable climate, San Diego averages temperatures ranging from 50°F to 66°F in February. For a more up-to-date forecast, visit the AccuWeather website for San Diego.

Show Your Badge & Save Program

Your attendee badge means you save in San Diego. Show your badge at participating restaurants, retail stores, bars, or attractions for attendee discounts. Find out more at