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Public Transit at UC San Diego

Several mass transit routes serve the campus and surrounding area. UC San Diego offers different programs that provide discounted transit access for faculty, staff, students and affiliates.

Service Reduction Due to COVID-19

MTS will implement service reductions effective April 12, 2020. The Blue Line Trolley will return to 15-minute weekday service and bus service will be reduced by 25%. See route-specific service details.

MTS now requires rear door boarding.

Transit Passes

  • For students:
  • For faculty and staff:
  • Non-affiliates can purchase these items directly from MTS:
    • Compass Cloud app – MTS offers a one-day pass on the Compass Cloud app with no Compass Card required. Watch How to Use Compass Cloud Mobile Ticketing
    • Compass Card
      • Where to buy/reload your Compass Card
      • MTS Trolley and Bus and NCTD Sprinter/Breeze Adult Options
        • Regional Day Pass: $6
        • Premium Regional Day Pass: $12
        • 30-Day Regional Pass: $72
        • 30-Day Premium Regional Pass: $100
    • NCTD Coaster
      • Where to buy/reload Coaster Pass 
      • One-Way (price varies by stops)
      • Round Trip (price varies by stops)
      • Coaster Regional Day Pass: $15
      • 30-Day Passes
        • 1-Zone: $141
        • 2-Zone: $161
        • 3-Zone: $182

Bus Routes

  • Serving La Jolla campus:
    • 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
    • 237: UCSD - Rancho Bernardo Transit Station
    • 921: UTC, Mira Mesa
    • 978: Torrey Pines, Sorrento Valley Station
    • 979: North University City, Sorrento Valley Station
  • 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

Rider Information

Compass Cards

Compass Cards sometimes expire on a different date than appears on the card. Check the expiration date of your physical Compass Card.

Beyond San Diego County