Berkeley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Junior

Transportation: The best option if commuting to and from campus is Bart. However, if you do drive good luck; it is awful to drive anywhere in that city. People are retarded when they drive here and the pedestrians even worse.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Pros:

1. Berkeley is SUPER WALKABLE. Many places - groceries, restaurants, campus - are within 10-20 minutes of walking distance if you live somewhat close to campus. You will do a lot of walking because cars are actually pretty difficult to keep here, since parking is expensive and there isn't much of it. But exercise is good.

2. We all get a Class Pass in the beginning of the semester ($71 in our tuition) that allows for unlimited AC Transit rides (bus system) anytime in that semester. This means the bus can reach BART, campus, Amtrak, and anywhere in between.

3. 51B will be your best friend if you live on the South Side, which many students do. It runs every 10 minutes and gets you to class when you're running late.

4. Free UC Berkeley shuttles that runs in loops around campus and nearby neighborhoods. You can track where they are online, so you don't have to wait long.


1. Actually none. Outside of having less car-accessibility, Berkeley has great transit options. You can walk, bike, bus, shuttle, drive (it's not impossible), longboard, whatever and get to where you need to be.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I love how everything is walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: AC Transit is good, but the 51B frustrates most. BearWalk and the Bear Shuttle Transit aren't too reliable though; they take a long time, and they are hard to flag down.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: Mostly everything within walking distance. AC transit or BART are always available if you need to go further, although the 51B line isn't always dependable.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 85th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 117th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1370th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Granite Bay, CA
Political science
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Most students agree that Berkeley’s extensive public transportation network makes it easy to survive without a car. Every Cal student is given an AC transit bus pass, which makes it easy to get around the university area. While buses run much less frequently at night, most buses come every 15-30 minutes during the day. This pass also gives students access to the Transbay (F) line, which goes to Emeryville and San Francisco every hour. For those willing to spend the few dollars on a BART ticket, getting across the bay is even easier. BART is an 80-mile-per-hour rail system that connects many points in the Bay Area, and comes every seven to fifteen minutes. Unlike the F line, whose only San Francisco stop is the Greyhound station, BART can take students to many places in the city. This makes it easy for students to work part-time in the city or just to go away for a nice dinner.

Because Berkeley is on a hill, many students prefer walking to riding a bike. Also, high theft rates and dismount zones add to the hassle of using bikes. Many students prefer to walk, describing the uphill trek to class as something just short of a workout.


Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • AC Transit
  • Bicycle
  • Moped/Motorcycle
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to Oakland International costs $30-$40; to San Francisco International, $60-$70.
  • BART to Airports Using BART and transferring to a local bus is the cheapest and easiest option, if you don't have a lot to carry. Oakland Airport by BART: catch the Richmond-Fremont line in the Fremont direction and get off at Coliseum. Take an Air-BART shuttle to the Oakland Airport (these leave every 15 minutes and cost $2). Buy your ticket in the station before boarding the bus (runs Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-11:50 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-11:50 p.m.). You can also take AC Transit bus #58 from the Coliseum BART to the airport (runs daily, every 20-30 minutes from 5 a.m.-12 a.m. and hourly, 12 a.m.-5 a.m.). SFO by BART: an extension has just been constructed to take you directly to SFO via BART. Get on the Daly City train at the Downtown Berkeley station, transfer at Balboa Park onto the SFO train. One-way costs about $6.
  • BayPorter Express shuttles pick you up at your doorstep and run to both OAK and SFO (; $19 one-way or $32 round-trip; (877) 467-1800).
  • City Express Shuttle serves Oakland and San Francisco and offer student discounts.
  • Luxor services the Oakland airport ($15 with student discount, 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.).
  • The easiest way to get to or from the Oakland and San Francisco (SFO) airports is to take a shuttle van, which is like a taxi, but much cheaper. Fares run from $15-$19. When taking a shuttle, be sure to call the company ahead of time to make a reservation and to confirm departure times.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

UCB daytime and night safety shuttles

(510) 642-5149

Day shuttles run from 7:40 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Night shuttles run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Berkeley-Davis Intercampus Bus

Drives students and faculty between UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses for $5.50 each way

Public TransitWhat's This?

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Runs from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.

AC Transit

Runs 24 hours a day

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

About a 45-minute drive, 1 hour, 40-minute BART/bus ride from Berkeley.

(650) 821-8211

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

About a 20-minute drive - 1 hour BART/bus ride from Berkeley.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


2103 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

(510) 834-3213


Provides commuters travel between SF and Gilroy, via San Jose

(800) 660-4287

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

(Un-staffed) Amtrak Station

3rd St. and University Ave., Berkeley

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 126 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 9% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 49% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 126 responses

  • 4% You can't have a car here.
  • 39% 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.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% 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 125 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 45% Fairly easy.
  • 52% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 117 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 117 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 117 responses

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