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Transportation and Commuting Alternatives

Driving

If driving is the best option for you, here are some helpful tips and information:

Alert

Due to current construction on campus and in the surrounding community there may be additional traffic, detours and some of the on campus parking areas may be temporarily closed. Please allow for extra time when visiting the International Faculty & Scholars Office. For the most current list of available on campus parking locations and  transportation information visit: http://transportation.ucsd.edu/ 

The following information gives you many options to get to campus without driving that are environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

Commuting Alternatives

Ridesharing

See what ridesharing options UCSD offers -- carpool, vanpool, Lyft FLEX, Zimride, Zipcar car-sharing service, SANDAG's Guaranteed Ride Home program, and more!

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Public Transit

UC San Diego offers different programs that provide discounted bus, shuttle, trolley car, rail, and more access for faculty, staff, students, and affiliates.

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Cycling

Ride your bike to work or combine cycling with public transportation. San Diego region is one of the best places in the country to bike with a 71 degree temperature average.

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Car Sharing Services

Carpool and Vanpool Options

Carpool and vanpool's are great options to commute to work, where people ride together and split the costs. The costs vary depending on vehicle size, type, monthly mileage and number of riders. UC San Diego has many carpools and vanpools coming from various locations.

Cycling

UC San Diego encourages students, staff and faculty to use alternative methods of transportation such as cycling to commute to work. It is also easy to combine public transportation with riding your bike. All busses now have bike racks, and Coaster rail cars and trolley cars also have space for bikes. For UC San Diego cycling information visit  http://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/cycling/index.html.

UC San Diego also has a bikeshare program on campus in collaboration with SPIN that places approximately 300 bicycles throughout campus available for use for a fee. The SPIN app will allow you to see the location of bicycles near you.

UCSD Shuttles

Students, Staff and Faculty with a UC San Diego ID can ride on all UC San Diego shuttle buses at no charge. The UC San Diego buses serve main campus, medical centers, and key locations in the San Diego community.  

For route information, visit the UC San Diego Shuttle Service page.

Public Transportation in San Diego

UC San Diego Transportation offers different transit passes for faculty, staff, and affiliates at a discounted rate; to view the different options, eligibility, and prices visit UC San Diego's public transportation page.

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has a Trip Planner option which allows you to enter your trip plans to receive public transportation options (city buses, rail, trolley, and train). Real time public transportation schedules can be found on https://www.sdmts.com/schedules-real-time

City Buses Rail/Train
  • The "Coaster" rail line runs from Oceanside to San Diego, with stops in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, and Old Town.
  • Sorrento Valley is the closest stop to the Salk Institute (close to UCSD), and a free UC San Diego shuttle is provided to get you to and from the Sorrento Station.
Trolley

Guaranteed Ride Home Service

The regional Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides an emergency ride home to commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, or use transit to get to work at least 3 times per week.

To be eligible, you must register with Ride Link by completing and signing an application form prior to needing the service. Don’t wait until you have an emergency to enroll! 

Visit the Guaranteed Ride Home website for more information.