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Transportation: There are several busses that students can take to get around the city.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There are many transportation options.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Parking is horrible but Shuttles are great

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4 College Senior

Transportation: There are plenty of campus shuttles to take you to where you need to go and MTA is free around campus.


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The public transportation around UCSD and La Jolla is convenient for students. It is easy to catch a city bus or UCSD shuttle to campus, the grocery store, or the beach. Students also get a free bus sticker, which will take them around La Jolla and other areas of San Diego for free. There are also free shuttles to the airport and the train station before holidays. The UCSD City Shuttle runs in a loop around La Jolla, picking students up from their apartments and taking them to school. The San Diego city buses and the UCSD shuttles often get crowded in the morning and afternoon when students are trying to get to school or home, but they are usually quick and on time.

Public transportation around the rest of San Diego is neither convenient nor quick. The buses do not come regularly, and you usually have to transfer at least once to get to your destination. The airport and the train station are about 10 miles away from UCSD, and taking public transportation to them can be time consuming. Overall, students agree having a car is not necessary, especially if you plan on staying in La Jolla, but traveling around the rest of San Diego is difficult without your own car or a roommate willing to drive you around.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Public buses
  • UCSD city shuttles
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $30.
  • Take the I 5 South, exit onto Sassafrass St., and follow the signs to get to the correct terminal.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Loop Shuttles

For information on all campus shuttles, times, routes, free bus zone stickers, carpooling, and holiday airport shuttles visit,, or call (858) 534-6282.

(858) 534-6282

6 a.m.-12 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

San Diego County Public Buses

Run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. and are free up to a certain distance around school for students.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field)

3225 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego

(619) 400-2404

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


120 W. Broadway, San Diego

(619) 239-3266 or (800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Solana Beach Station

(actually closer and easier to get to from UCSD)

105 Cedros Ave., Solana Beach

Amtrak San Diego Station

1050 Kettner Blvd., San Diego

(619) 239-9021

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 226 responses

  • 59% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 226 responses

  • 6% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 77% 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.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 98 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 97 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 97 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 225 responses

  • 13% Very easy.
  • 66% Fairly easy.
  • 18% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.


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