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How To Get To Airports and Other Places
Airport Ground Transportation
An information page about airport shuttles, vans, and private car services for San Jose Airport (SJC) and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is available.
The LA Turkey and Polar Express
UCSC OPERS provides buses that take students from campus to the Los Angeles area for the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. The four Los Angeles drop-off points are L.A. Valley College, East L.A. College, UCLA, and UC Irvine. Online reservations begin in September at www.ucscrecreation.com. For information call Matt Brower at 831/459-2807.
How to Get to Bay Area Cities Without a Car
The UCSC Fremont BART Connector may be gone (service ended June 2010) but it is still possible to travel to Bay Area cities using the Highway 17 Express combined with other public transit. Zipcar or Enterprise rental cars, or ridesharing through Zimride will also get you there. The information listed here will help you choose a transportation option that works best for you.
Highway 17 Express
From Santa Cruz Metro's Pacific station in downtown Santa Cruz take the Highway 17 Express bus to the San Jose Diridon train station. Cost: $5 one-way. Please note: UCSC student ID cards and other types of UCSC bus passes are not accepted on Highway 17 Express buses or by transit agencies other than Santa Cruz Metro (SCMTD). Get the Highway 17 Express schedule.
To Get To East Bay Cities
For East Bay cities including Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Richmond and Martinez transfer from the Highway 17 Express to a Capitol Corridor train when you arrive at the San Jose Diridon station, or transfer to VTA Route 180 (Sat/Sun)/181(weekday) buses to get to Fremont BART station.
At the Fremont BART station trains are available to all other BART stations (changing trains may be necessary to get to some destinations). Cost: $1.75 to $7, depending on destination (BART Fare Calculator).
To Get To Peninsula Cities
At the San Jose Diridon station take a Northbound Line/San Francisco Caltrain to get to any of these peninsula cities: Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, Hillsdale, San Mateo, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, South San Francisco and San Francisco. Cost: $2.50 to $11, depending on destination. Here are links to the Caltrain Fare Chart and the Caltrain system map.
3 trips per day from Santa Cruz to Bay Area cities. Buses depart from Santa Cruz Metro's Pacific station (920 Pacific Avenue) in downtown Santa Cruz. Schedule is subject to change; contact the service provider for a current schedule.
A membership-based car share program that allows students 18 and over to rent cars on campus on an hourly or daily basis. Use fees start at $7 per hour and include all vehicle fees, gas, insurance, mileage and reserved parking on campus. Members have access 24 hours per day to Zipcar vehicles conveniently located both on and off campus. For detailed information, visit www.zipcar.com/ucsc.
A social networking ridematching program exclusive to the UCSC community. You can find someone to share your recurring or one-time trip through Zimride, even if you don't have a car - just post the ride you need. You can even share your Zipcar trip with others and save on costs. For detailed information, visit zimride.ucsc.edu.
Rents to students 18 years and older and offers daily and partial day rates. 18-20 years old, reference account #UCSC18; over 21 reference account #UCSC21. PIN #UCS. You must call the local Santa Cruz Enterprise office at 831/426-7799 to be eligible for this program; not available through Enterprise online reservation system.