Sacramento, CA
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$16,632 ($5,472)
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4 College Senior

Transportation: Only used it once but was a fine experience

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Free public transportation and free shuttle service is included with being a student at Sac State. Multiple city buses drop off on campus and one of the shuttle lines even drops off at the nearest lightrail station.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Many students take the bus. It is pretty accessible. Many students also drive. It is almost like a commuter school.

3 College Student

Transportation: Having the buses that run from the school all around Sacramento is very convenient because it is free for students and they run hourly.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It is not hard to get places.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 175th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 367th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1135th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
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The best thing about public transportation is that there are several options. The Hornet Express shuttle is good for students living near campus, but more comprehensive transportation is provided by the Sacramento Regional Transit system, which consists of buses and light rail trains that zip throughout the city. It's very convenient, and the best part is it's free for Sac State students with a valid school ID. It also saves you money on gas. There are also public transportation systems that take you to some surrounding counties, like the El Dorado and Roseville transit systems.

The worst thing about public transportation is that it can make your commute a lot longer than it should be. It can take an hour to go about 10 miles because the bus constantly stops to let passengers on and off. And you'll more than likely have to transfer from one bus to another, which takes even more time. A student traveling to school will often have to get off one bus, walk to another bus stop, and wait several minutes for a new bus. Also, bus drivers and other passengers can be inconsiderate sometimes. Bus riders, especially older and handicapped ones, fight each other for front seats—but that can be entertaining for some students. Bus drivers are notoriously apathetic about passenger complaints, as well. It's not uncommon for a bus driver to yell "too bad" to an unhappy rider who missed his stop.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike
  • Bum a ride off a friend
  • Sacramento buses and light rail—they are free if you bring your ID.
  • Your own two feet (with shoes on, of course!)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • Super Shuttle

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

University Police
(916) 278-6851
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Hornet Night Shuttle

This shuttle provides transport to all campus locations, including Lot 11 at the north end of campus.

(916) 278-7260

Monday–Thursday Dusk to 11 p.m.

Hornet Express

This free shuttles has gold, green, and hornet lines that run around campus.

(916) 278-5483

Monday–Friday 7:40 a.m.–5 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Sacramento Regional Transit

You can pick up bus schedules from the University Union information desk.

(916) 321-BUSS

(916) 483-4327 TDD

(916) 321-2855 lost and found

1400 29th St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Sacramento International Airport

The Sacramento International Airport is a little more than 18 miles and approximately a 22-minute drive from Sacramento State.

6900 Airport Blvd.

(916) 929-5411

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is in downtown Sacramento, approximately eight miles from campus.

420 Richards Blvd.

(916) 444-6858

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is in downtown Sacramento, approximately four miles from campus.

401 I St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 95 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 29% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 48% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 54% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 24% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 95 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 73% Fairly easy.
  • 21% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 94 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 94 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 93 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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