Davis, CA
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$36,755 ($13,877)
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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Unitrans are awesome. Zip car are in many locations around davis.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around Davis is very easy (thanks to the amazing bike paths everywhere) but may take a while, as the city is so spread out. Getting from Davis to other cities may be a little more difficult, as county/public busses are the only means of transportation aside from private means.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: People mostly bike in Davis, but the campus run Unitrans buses are convenient and available for those who don't.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Yolo Bus and Unitrans system are great for students. They are a useful and efficient way to get around Davis.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Even though many bus line are provided by asud, I rarely take that. I just use my car and bike for flexible schedule.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 16th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1359th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Knowland
Irvine, CA
Grad Year
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Davis students have overwhelmingly positive remarks about the transportation in the area. The public transportation is convenient and reliable. Davis provides a bus service to the school called Unitrans. Students drive it, which creates many job opportunities for Davis undergrads and is also free of charge to ride. They usually run twice every hour and cover most areas around Davis, so regardless of where the students live, there is probably a Unitrans stop nearby. This is a great mode of transportation during the winter season when the weather is too rainy to ride bikes comfortably. Yolobus is a public bus system that is free to Davis students when they have their student ID. This bus system takes students from campus directly to the Sacramento airport, which is a service that many of the students utilize when trying to get home during winter and spring breaks.

Being the bike capital of the country, the obvious and most popular form of transportation is biking. There are plenty of bike lanes and bike parking, which make it the fastest and easiest way to get around town. UC Davis is a large campus located in a small town, so biking is an efficient way to get across campus, and there are few places that you can't get to by biking. Overall, the students are satisfied with the transportation in Davis, and cars seem to be the least popular choice for getting around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike (hands down)
  • If it's raining, the bus is a good option.
  • Unitrans
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $70.
  • Shuttle service charges $22 per person.
  • Yolo Bus 42A (free with student ID) picks up in front of Memorial Union about every hour until 11:30 p.m.
Local Taxi Services
24/7 Taxi Cab is a cab service that runs full time. The number is (916) 912-1316. There is also Davis Cab, and the number is (530) 753-5555.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Davis Escort Service
(530) 752-1727
Daily 5:30 p.m.–3 a.m.
Tipsy Taxi
(530) 752-6666
Weekends 10 p.m.–2 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Intercampus Shuttle

Commuters must purchase a one-way ticket or monthly pass ahead of time. Stops on campus include Silo Terminal, Lot 56, and Mondavi Center.

(530) 752-8277

Monday–Friday 5:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


County-wide bus routes

(530) 666-2877

(916) 371-2877

350 Industrial Way, Woodland


Double-decker bus that has routes through the city of Davis.

(530) 752 - BUSS [2877]

One Shields Ave./Five South Hall

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Sacramento International Airport

This airport is about 30 minutes from campus.

6900 Airport Blvd., Sacramento

(916) 929-5411

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is about 20 minutes from campus.

420 Richards Blvd., Sacramento

(916) 444-6858

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak station is downtown, approximately one mile from campus.

840 Second St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 140 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 16% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 81% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 139 responses

  • 4% You can't have a car here.
  • 22% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 73% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% 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 139 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 40% Fairly easy.
  • 59% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 138 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 138 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 138 responses

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


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