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Transportation and Commuting Alternatives


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


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: 

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

Commuting Alternatives


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


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.



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.


Car Sharing Services


  • Carpooling is riding with one or more other commuters.
  • You can choose to be the driver, rider or share and split the costs.
  • For more information visit


  • A vanpool is a 14-passenger vehicle where people ride together and split the costs.
  • UC San Diego has 25 vanpools coming from various locations in the county. Most monthly fares range from $46 to $80 per month. Work hours are generally 8 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. for UC San Diego vans.
  • Visit for more information.

Buses & UCSD Shuttles

  • If you possess a UC San Diego ID, you can ride on all UC San Diego shuttle buses. For route info, visit; Shuttle Service.
  • UCSD Transportation offers different programs providing transit access for faculty, staff, and affiliates. For route info, visit: Public Transportation Serving UCSD.
  • If these two alternatives do not accommodate you, you will have to purchase a transit pass online at or at the UC San Diego cashier, (858) 534-3725, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • For general bus, trolley and coaster schedule and trip planning information visit 


  • "With an average temperature of 71 degrees, the San Diego region is one of the best places in the country for people to GO by BIKE". (
  • 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 bike route or other related information, visit

Coast express rail

  • 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 shuttle bus is provided to get you to and from the Sorrento Station.
  • Schedules are available online at

Guaranteed ride home service

  • The regional 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 this website for more information.