What is FRED - San Diego's Free Ride Service

Posted in 2023 in

Free Ride Everywhere Downtown San Diego

Free Ride Downtown Shuttles (FRED)

Experience the convenience and sustainability of Free Ride Everywhere Downtown (FRED)! This electric shuttle service is available seven days a week and supported by sponsoring brands, so you can enjoy a free ride that’s good for the environment. From Monday through Thursday, catch a ride between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. On Fridays, rides are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. And Saturdays and Sundays, you can catch a shuttle from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., respectively. Try FRED today and start your eco-friendly journey!

FRED, short for Free Ride Everywhere Downtown, is the San Diego-branded version of Circuit Transit, which was started as The Free Ride by co-founders James Mirras and Alex Esposito in 2011.

FRED Schedule

Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

How It Works

FRED open-air shuttles service a region from Little Italy to East Village. You can request a pickup via the mobile app or wave down any of the electric fleet. There are currently 20 in San Diego.


It is free to ride the fleet, subsidized by the City of San Diego and advertising. Free at least through April 2024, which is when the current arrangement will come up for renewal.


What are the benefits of using FRED in San Diego:
  • Cost savings: Fred Free San Diego Transportation provides a convenient and affordable way to get around the city.
  • Convenience: Fred Free San Diego Transportation allows users to easily travel around the city without having to worry about parking or traffic.
  • Environmentally friendly: Fred Free San Diego Transportation is powered by electricity, making it more environmentally friendly than traditional forms of transportation.
  • Accessibility: Fred Free San Diego Transportation is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
  • Access to public transportation: Fred Free San Diego Transportation connects users to a variety of public transportation options, including buses, trolleys, ferries, and light rail.

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