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5 College Junior

Transportation: Getting around UCLA is easy because most places of interest are within walking distance.

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3 College Student

Transportation: The distance traveled is not to long, the buses can take you to beach and back in less than an hour.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: School shuttle can get crowded at peak times in the morning and around 5pm. Would be nice if there were more shuttles at these times to accommodate the higher number of students

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There should be a free public transportation system. For example, at Berkeley and many other Universities in California, students are able to utilize public, city buses for free. Why should it not be free for UCLA students as well? We pay the same tuition.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: transportation needs to be better here

6 people found this useful Report

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With a swipe of the BruinCard, UCLA students can ride the bus for a quarter— enough said. The Big Blue Bus system whisks Bruins to venues from the beaches in Santa Monica to downtown shopping, and there is a stop nestled right at the edge of campus. Though the rides can be long and some schedules are unpredictable, the cost and range of the bus system look great when considering the alternative: LA traffic.

There is a reason why Los Angeles traffic is considered the worst in the nation. People refer to the freeways as “parking lots” during rush hour, and there is substantial traffic in the city practically every hour of the day. Because of these impediments, students are hesitant to use cars. Yet for hard-to-reach spots outside the bus system's bounds or daily jobs, driving is a necessity. And, most would agree that to experience LA in a non-touristy way, a car is a vital but hectic must-have.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Big Blue Bus
  • Hitch a ride from a friend.
  • Rollerblade from point A to point B.
  • Take a cab.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $35.
  • During busy breaks, the UCLA Flyaway Service picks students up at 30-minute intervals during the day for $5. Shuttles drop students off at each LAX terminal.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Community Service Officer (CSO) Escorts
(310) 794-WALK
Daily 5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Wilshire Center Shuttle

The shuttle makes a loop from Wilshire Center, with stops at Parking Structure 2, Gonda Research Facility, and 100 Medical Plaza.

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Northwest Campus Shuttle

The shuttle provides transportation across northern part of campus, with stops at Macgowan Hall, Kreiger Child Care Center, Southern Regional Library, and Hedrick Hall.

Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Campus Express

This shuttle runs counter-clockwise around campus, with stops at Weyburn Terrace and Macgowan Hall. A shuttle is scheduled to come every 8 to 10 minutes.

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

Public TransitWhat's This?

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus

Students ride for a discounted rate with their BruinCard.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority

UCLA students can get Go Metro, which allows half-price fare.


1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles

Culver City Bus Lines

UCLA students can ride for half-price.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Los Angeles International Airport

The Los Angeles International Airport is 10 miles and approximately a 30-minute drive from UCLA.

1 World Way, Los Angeles

(310) 646-5252

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Los Angeles Greyhound Station

The station is approximately 16 miles from campus.

1716 E. 7th St., Los Angeles

(213) 629-8401

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Union Station

The station is approximately 17 miles from campus.

800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 309 responses

  • 35% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 41% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 16% 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.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 309 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 70% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 19% 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 137 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 137 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 136 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 308 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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