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4 College Freshman

Transportation: As a Berkeley student, you'll probably end up using the Berkeley shuttle, the AC transit, and the Bart. The Berkeley Shuttle is free for all students and the AC transit is free as long as you remember to get a sticker for your ID which permits free rides on the busing system. The bart will cost money, but is only used to get to places like San Francisco.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Some times the bus is late, so don't rely on it to get to class on time. BART is nice, you can easily go into the city.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Bart's not the best subway system, very expensive- many delays- various questionable activity. The buses often run on strange schedules, although it is great to have a bus pass free for students. And cars are super unreasonable because of the parking fees and the lack of space. Bikes get stolen or the wheels get taken off all the time.

I'm probably going to get a motorbike or a scooter when I do want to get a vehicle.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: I use the AC transit and it gets me from my house to school in approximately 10 minutes. its great and convenient. The only downside is the wait times and unreliable bus stop times

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The buses run very often and BART is close to campus. Lots of things are within walking distance too.

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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 251 responses

  • 53% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 34% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 10% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 250 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 57% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 38% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 3% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 121 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 120 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 120 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 250 responses

  • 50% Very easy.
  • 46% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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