Getting Around Town
On campus, TAPS regulates both bicycle and motor vehicles. It is best to follow a simple rule: the shortest distance between any two points in Davis isn't a straight line — it's a bike.
The Amtrak Shuttle is a special service that picks up passengers from the Amtrak Train Station and drops them off anywhere in Davis. 20 passenger cutaways are used for the shuttle, which are the same vehicles used by Tipsy Taxi. The shuttle is very popular with freshman because they are not allowed to have cars while living in the dorms.
The shuttle leaves the Amtrak Station at 6:10 pm, 7:15 pm, and 8:45 pm, which is about 15 minutes after trains from the Bay Area are scheduled to arrive in Davis. The shuttle runs only on Sundays and selected holidays. Check the Unitrans Service Calendar for the exact dates that it runs. The fare is $1.00 unless you have an undergraduate Aggie card or other valid Unitrans pass.
Davis is well-known for its fleet of bicycles and corresponding infrastructure. Everywhere in Davis is accessible by a bike lane or path, including several tunnels and bridges that span under/over roadways. Various intersections, the most prominent being Russell and Sycamore, even sport a green/red light specifically for bicycles. The bike system culminates at campus which is closed to general auto traffic. Bicycle circles and lanes dominate the campus streets which become flooded with pedaling traffic between classes. Visitors are usually amazed at the sheer number and volume of bikes.
Another novel aspect of Davis transportation is the bus system, Unitrans, which runs several London-esque double-decker buses as well as a fleet of single-deck buses that operate on natural gas engines. This system spans the majority of Davis and lines originate from the Memorial Union and the Silo on campus.
Yolobus is a bus system for travel throughout Yolo County, as well as parts of Sacramento and Solano counties. For travel within Davis,Unitrans' routes are more comprehensive and frequent.
Yolobus travels to Sacramento, West Sacramento, Sacramento International Airport, Woodland, Winters, Southport, Bridgeway Island, Madison, Esparto, Capay, Cache Creek Casino Resort, and Dunnigan. For more information, check their routes/schedules page.
Fares: UC Davis Undergraduates ride free with a valid student ID. Otherwise, $2.00 regular, $3.00 express, $6.00 day pass, $85 monthly + $25 for an express sticker. Age 5-18 is $1.50 (between June 1 and August 31, it is 35 cents, or a "Summer Sizzler" pass for $15 (valid on Unitrans also)), and seniors (62+)/disabled are $1.50 Exact change, of course. Graduate students must pay the normal fare.
All buses are equipped with bike racks, which hold two to three bicycles. They're actually pretty simple to use. Make sure the driver sees you and knows you're about to step in front of the bus when you go to load your bike. When you get off, remind the driver that you have a bike so he or she knows you're about to step in front of the bus.
You can use different vendors in terms of car rental. Along with couple corporations like:
- Hertz: UC Davis Student Discount available, use CDP 72104 – 10% discount for AAA members
- Budget Rent A Car
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Toyota car deal in Davis (Hanlees Toyota) also offers car rentals with limited daily mileage of 150 miles.
If you are looking for a ride for couple of hours, Zipcar offers hourly rentals. They may also require an annual membership fee.
Davis has a few small taxicab companies which include: A Taxi, Checker Cab Company, College Cab, Dan's Cab, Davis Cab, Friendly Cab, and Village Cab.
Fare rates are deregulated in Davis, so different cab companies may have different rates. Some of the cab companies have multiple rates.
Some UCD students may use the Tipsy Taxi during restricted times and for restricted uses.
Getting Out of Town
For commercial flights, Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the nearest major airport. Oakland International Airport (OAK), about 75 miles, is the next closest airport. San Francisco International Airport (SFO), a major international travel hub and one of the busiest airports in the US, is 85 miles away. San Jose International Airport (SJO) is about 105 miles away.
- Davis Airporter provides on-demand shuttle service to and from Sacramento International Airport and San Francisco airport. Contact Davis Airporter at (530)756-6715 or (800)565-5153.
- Super Shuttle is also another company providing service to and from all airports in the vicinity. Always get quote from different companies before making reservations.
Amtrak has bicycle racks on all of its Capitol Corridor trains. The line connects Davis to the BART system, which also allows bikes on its trains (except during select peak hours). All Yolobuses are equipped with bike racks which are pretty simple to use. You can also bike to San Francisco, Sacramento, Winters, Dixon, Woodland, Vacaville, and Vallejo.
- Yolobus is a county-wide bus system also serving parts of Solano County, and Sacramento County.
- The Solano Express serves Solano County.
- Fairfield/Suisun Transit: For those who do not wish to pay the Capitol Corridor prices, but are not able to ride the Berkeley shuttle, Fairfield/Suisun Transit offers some solutions. Route 30 connects Sacramento and Davis with Fairfield and Route 90 connects Fairfield with the "El Cerrito Del Norte" BART station. Bicycles are allowed on Route 30, but NOT on route 90. Bicyclists may choose to take route 30 to Vacaville (or arrive in Vacaville by other means, such as Yolobus). In Vacaville you can catch Route 40 (also Fairfield Suisun Transit), which will take you to the Pleasant Hill and the Walnut Creek BART stations. Please be aware that each bus can only accommodate 2 bikes in the front rack. The bike policy and fare structure are printed on all of the route schedules.
- Sacramento Regional Transit serves the Sacramento area east of the Sacramento River.
Davis Berkeley Shuttle
The Davis Berkeley Shuttle operated by Fleet services runs twice daily on weekdays between the UCD campus and UC Berkeley. Only UCD affiliates may ride. You must reserve a seat ahead of time on their website if you plan to go home on a Friday - it's always packed, oftentimes for more than a week or two in advance! Reservations can only be made using their online registration system.
The UCDMC Shuttle runs between the UCD campus and the UC Davis Medical Center. It is open to UCD affiliates, but not to the general public.
Amtrak and Greyhound provide bus services nationally.
See “Car” under “Getting Around Town”