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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I love the campus buses that are going around. They're really convenient and great!

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most people commute to school, so they have their own cars.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have never taken the shuttle and don't know about public transportation in this city.

4 College Senior

Transportation: I've taken the campus shuttle a few times and it is excellent.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The anteater express is amazing to transport around the campus, however the octa is a bit expensive considering how many buses you need to take to get to one place.

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In general, UCI students feel that the public transportation system in and around Irvine is inadequate at best, and students are definitely best off if they bring a car with them to campus. Irvine isn’t exactly a centralized metropolis—things here are pretty spread out. Buses can sometimes take up to two hours to get to a city that would ordinarily take only 20 minutes by car. On a better note, the city of Irvine’s bus system does serve some of the school’s apartment complexes, so students without a car do have that as an option. Public transportation—albeit free with an encoded UCI ID—is not exactly the best way to go if you’ve only got time for a quick night on the town. By the time you hit your destination, it’d be time for you to be heading back!

Fortunately, at UCI, there’s a rather large student commuter population to befriend and mooch off of. There are some shuttle systems around that service the area, but relying on them to get you back and forth means putting restrictions on your own schedule. To some students, the poor public transportation is just typical of the Southern California area. In the end, most students would say that your best bet is to hitch a ride with some friends if you are all going out to paint the town! Otherwise, good luck trying to cope with the Orange County public transportation systems.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike
  • Mooch off of a commuter friend
  • OCTA Buses - they are free, just bring your ID to UCItems and get it encoded
  • On foot
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $15.
  • John Wayne Airport is just under 2.5 miles away from UCI, and takes approximately five minutes to get there.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

UCI Shuttle Service

(949) 824-5547

7:30 a.m.-10:45 p.m.

UCI Escort by request

(949) 824-7233

Public TransitWhat's This?

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)

(714) 560-OCTA

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

John Wayne Airport

18601 Airport Way

(949) 252-5200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is in Anaheim, approximately 20 miles from campus.

(800) 231-2222

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 278 responses

  • 59% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% 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.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 277 responses

  • 10% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 16% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 68% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 119 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 119 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 118 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 276 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 59% Fairly easy.
  • 22% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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