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Public Transportation and UCSD Bus Zone

Read about the mass transit options that serve UC San Diego.

Bus Zone Stickers and Pilot Compass Cards

  • Students:
    • The hexagonal gold stickers with 7/31/2014 expiration date must be replaced with new round blue and gold stickers, valid through 10/15/2014. Note: Secure stickers will become VOID if peeled, removed, or repositioned.
    • With student approval of a transit fee referendum last May, a regional transit UPass will be implemented during Fall Quarter 2014.
  • Faculty and Staff: The pilot MTS Compass Card for Bus Zone test program will be extended through summer 2014. Cards will update automatically; no office visit is required. (Cards valid during active employment status only.)
  • Affiliates: Current affiliates who are not faculty or staff are eligible for a new Bus Zone sticker.
  • Stickers and pilot Compass Cards are available at the campus parking office. Hillcrest employees may obtain a pilot Compass Card at the Bachman parking office. UC San Diego photo ID card required.

UCSD Bus Zone

Buses in the UCSD Bus Zone stop on campus or near Hillcrest Medical Center. At this time, eligible UC San Diego community members receive a 100% subsidized UCSD Bus Zone pass as a sticker on their current, valid UC San Diego photo ID card and ride at no charge for unlimited stops on these bus routes only. Faculty and Staff will be taking part in a pilot program to test a Bus Zone pass on MTS Compass Card using smartcard technology.

The university is charged for each ride in the UCSD Bus Zone. Transit pass holders should use their paid passes instead of their Bus Zone pass to board.

Download a map of all UCSD Bus Zone routes (PDF).

Students get unlimited bus and trolley rides for $47 with quarterly bus passes! Purchase passes at Commute Solutions; not available Summer Quarter.

Monthly student pass option available. Extension students are not eligible to purchase subsidized Transit/Coaster passes from UC San Diego.

Routes serving La Jolla campus (follow links for full service information):

  • 30: UTC, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Old Town, downtown San Diego
  • 41: VA Hospital, UTC, Clairemont, Fashion Valley
  • 101: UTC, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside NCTD
  • 150: UTC, VA Hospital, Old Town, downtown San Diego
  • 201/ 202 SuperLoop: UTC area
  • 204 SuperLoop: UTC area, Executive Drive, Judicial Drive, Nobel Drive
  • 921: UTC, Mira Mesa

Routes serving Hillcrest Medical Center:

  • 3: Hillcrest, downtown San Diego, Euclid Avenue Trolley Station
  • 10: Old Town, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, North Park, City Heights, College Avenue

For travel beyond UCSD Bus Zone routes, see the section below.

Other transit options

UCSD staff, faculty, and students can buy discounted monthly transit passes for trolleys, the Coaster and buses outside the UCSD Bus Zone through the Transit/ Coaster Club.

More alternatives

Tell us how we’re doing. If you have ideas for improving Transportation Services, please e-mail them to TellTPS@ucsd.edu.

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