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5 College Freshman

Transportation: I think regarding transportation and schools, our transportation is one of the best. There are always the muni buses that run more often than busses in other cities. Although at night it becomes harder to get a bus, there are other options, such as uber and lyft, which are cheaper forms of taxi services. The other plus side is the easy accessibility the busses allow to reach different parts of the city. What's more the school provides a free muni pass with tuition.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Muni is really accessible to campus and students don't have to pay bus fare out of pocket because a muni pass is included in tuition. It's relatively fast and convenient with the exception of early AM rides as muni becomes less frequent after around 12:30.

3 College Junior

Transportation: We get a muni pass per semester as part of tuition

4 College Freshman

Transportation: A bus pass is included in tuition which is super convenient. Overall public transit in SF is great.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus pass with tuition gets you everywhere you need to go in SF. Airport is reasonably far away.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 506th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1358th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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Any big-city native can tell you that parking is nearly impossible in a major city, and San Francisco is no different. Most streets are narrow and hilly, with traffic running both ways. In order to make getting around easier, most students make use of MUNI, the bus system whose fee is included in tuition at USF. MUNI is one of the most reliable, timely transit systems in the country, and while buses are not known for their speed or precision, most city dwellers find public transportation in San Francisco to be more than satisfactory.

Old-fashioned streetcars, the same ones used in the early 20th century, and trolleys run throughout the city, as well. The MUNI pass included in each USF student’s tuition covers every part of the MUNI transit system, so even students can enjoy being tourists for a day here and there. So if you choose not to drive in San Francisco, the bus is a great option. Buses run frequently, and they go just about everywhere imaginable, minimizing walking time in the process. You’ll encounter plenty of homeless people, teenyboppers, and pets on the bus, but it’s all part of city life.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Buses cover the entire city and are free with your student MUNI pass.
  • Classic cable cars are also free with your student MUNI pass and are an important part of the city's history.
  • Cabs are especially great late at night when most buses have stopped running.
  • The nicest way to get around San Francisco is by walking, if the weather is moderate.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A door-to-door van ride to the airport is the most convenient way. Shuttles cost between $14 and $20 (one way).
  • American Airporter Shuttle: (415) 202-0733
  • SuperShuttle: (415) 558-8500
Local Taxi Services
Though San Francisco is a major city, taxis are hard to come by. They're costly, and most require reservations because there aren't many to begin with. Most San Francisco natives rely heavily on the bus, while others own cars. Taxis are most accessible in tourist spots and downtown, in areas like the Financial District. Yellow Cab is one of the most popular taxi services, and they can be reached at (415) 333-3333.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Shuttle Escort
(415) 422-4201
Sunday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 6 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

USF Shuttle Service

Students are required to show their IDs.

(415) 422-4222

(415) 422-4201

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI)

Schedules are available at the University Center information desk or from MUNI's website.

(415) 701-4500

1 S. Van Ness Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Francisco International Airport

SFO is 11 miles and approximately a 20-minute drive from campus.

Highway 101

(650) 821-8211

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is about 13 minutes away from campus.

200 Folsom St.

(415) 495-1569

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The closest Amtrak train station is in Oakland, which is across the bay and approximately 16 miles from campus.

245 Second St., Oakland

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 65 responses

  • 28% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 23% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 38% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 6% You can't have a car here.
  • 34% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 60% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% 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 65 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 43% Fairly easy.
  • 57% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 64 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 64 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 64 responses

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