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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 and students.

MTS Service Changes

See service changes that effect some routes January 29, 2023.

Transit Passes

Transit products for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) are delivered through the PRONTO regional fare system.

In addition to the daily, weekly and monthly products available directly through PRONTO, these products are available exclusively to certain segments of the UC San Diego community.

  • U-Pass – included with student fees for matriculated students during the fall, winter and spring academic quarters
  • Summer Pass – $67.52 for eligible students
  • FaSt Pass – reduced-cost monthly product for payroll deduction eligible faculty and staff available through Transportation Services only
  • UC San Diego PRONTO FAQ

All other members of the university community should purchase transit products directly through PRONTO.

Link Your PRONTO Account

All members of the UC San Diego community should associate their email addresses to their PRONTO accounts AND associate their account with a UC San Diego program so thatTransportation Services can assist with purchases or account issues.

Download the PRONTO app and create your PRONTO account.

  • Search ‘PRONTO San Diego’ in the Apple or Google Play stores to download the PRONTO mobile app.
  • All UC San Diego transit riders must create a PRONTO account using their email address.
  • Look under the “Use” tab and select the option to “Create Virtual Card.”
    • Your mobile app will hold your transit pass.
    • If you have a PRONTO card and wish to use it instead of the app, do not create a virtual card; instead, use the “Link Existing Card” tab to add the card to your PRONTO account.
  • Open your PRONTO mobile app and link the virtual card through the “Student and Employee Program” button.
  • Select the UCSD program you belong to:
    • Faculty/Staff/Qualified Affiliate choose UCSD Employer
    • Undergrad/Graduate choose UCSD U-Pass

For assistance with PRONTO app errors, use this form to submit a case directly with the PRONTO team.

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

Coaster Train

See COASTER Pass details.

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