Travel and Parking Guide for Día de Los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant and culturally rich celebration that takes place in Old Town San Diego on October 28, 29, and November 2. This colorful event honors and remembers loved ones who have passed away while celebrating the continuity of life. If you’re planning to attend this cultural extravaganza, you’ll want to ensure a smooth journey to and within Old Town. In this guide, we’ll provide you with valuable information on the best ways to travel and park in Old Town San Diego during these festivities.


Traveling to Old Town

Driving: If you prefer to travel by car, you’re in luck! Old Town San Diego offers ample parking options.

Free Parking: You can enjoy abundant free parking at the Caltrans Parking Lot after 5:00 PM on evenings and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. The Caltrans Parking Lot is located at 4050 Taylor Street; turn at Sunset Street. Old Town Trolley Tours will be providing a free shuttle from the Caltrans Lot on October 28 from 5-10:00 PM to the heart of Old Town.

Additional Parking Options: While the Caltrans Parking Lot is a popular choice, there are other parking options available as well. You can consult the official Event Map & Program for more details on alternative parking locations in Old Town.

Public Transportation: To avoid traffic and make your journey to Día de Los Muertos hassle-free, consider using public transportation. Old Town is well-connected, making it accessible by various modes of transit.

Old Town Transit Center: This hub serves as a central point for public transportation in the area. You can access San Diego MTS Blue and Green Line Trolleys, local bus lines, North County Transit Coaster commuter trains, Amtrak Pacific Surfliner trains, UCSD “Campus to Hillcrest” shuttle, and USD “Campus to Old Town” shuttle services.

By opting for public transportation, you’ll not only save time and effort but also contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the area.

Attending the Día de Los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego promises to be a memorable and culturally enriching experience. To ensure a stress-free visit, plan your travel and parking in advance. Whether you choose to drive and take advantage of free parking at the Caltrans Parking Lot or prefer the convenience of public transportation through the Old Town Transit Center, your journey to this vibrant celebration can be as enjoyable as the event itself. Remember to download the official event map to make the most of your Día de Los Muertos experience in Old Town San Diego. Enjoy the festivities and celebrate this beautiful Mexican tradition!



  • Saturday, October 28, 10AM-9PM
  • Sunday, October 29, 10AM-5PM
  • Thursday, November 2, 6PM-9PM

Phone – (619) 228-9340