UCLA On the Hill Guide to Public Transportation


Ask anyone, Los Angeles is the land of the automobile.

Southern California is well-known for its palm trees, movie stars and its miles and miles of intersecting freeways. So as a student living On the Hill – without a car – getting around L.A. area can prove to be quite the headache. Luckily there are numerous public transportation network that exist to make traveling around a bit easier. Click on the name of the transportation line for a detailed map of routes and stops.

  1. Santa Monica Big Blue Bus

This trusty bus line is recognizable mainly through its distinctive paint schemes. These blue behemoths lumber through the streets of Santa Monica and other popular Westside destinations including Century City and Venice. Best of all, they have a stop right on campus. So if you’re interested in a quick day trip to the Santa Monica Pier or the kooky Venice Boardwalk, this is the system for you. Swiping your Bruincard also gives you 50 percent off the fare price meaning a one-way trip costs only 50 cents.

2.) Los Angeles Metro Bus

The bus portion of the Los Angeles Metro system, these vehicles will carry you pretty much anywhere you need to go for the price of $1.75. It consists of two separate bus services, the orange-colored Metro Local and the red-painted Metro Rapid. Services go all across the city consisting of tens of thousands of stops. UCLA Transportation also subsidized bus passes which will allow you to ride for an entire quarter for a greatly reduced cost. Check here for exact pricing and additional information.

3.) Los Angeles Metro Rail

Metro Rail is the urban rail system that serves Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Metro system. Consisting of six colored lines, that criss-cross across the city, the system goes as far north as Chatsworth and as far south as Long Beach, with numerous stops in Downtown, Hollywood, East Los Angeles along the way. Although unfortunately, the closest Metro Rail stop is at the corner of Wilshire and Western Avenues, the 720 Metro Bus will take you straight there. While daily college student discounts don’t exist for the Metro Rail, a 30-day unlimited ride pass can be yours for a discounted $43.

4.) Metrolink

For those students wanting to venture a little farther off the beaten path – or at least outside the confines of Los Angeles – Metrolink is for you. The system’s routes span six counties including San Diego County, Riverside County and Orange County. Stops on the Metrolink include both points of interests like Union Station and Angel Stadium as well as suburban communities across Southern California.  Students can receive a 15% discount on Monthly Pass, 7-Day Pass, One-Way and Round-Trip tickets. A Weekend Day Pass also exists allowing unlimited rides for $10.

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