California Travel Tips

Free Shuttle Buses in California

Published on: January 30, 2012

California’s destinations suffer from a lack of public transportation often. However, some of the universities run free shuttle service and cities throughout the state have tried the free concept with positive results in many cases. This year’s free shuttle services are a bit sketchy right now as the the Redevelopment Agencies are folding and may cause cities to re-adjust their budgets and things such as festivals, fairs and even free shuttles that have been offered in past years.  Enjoy the free ride, if you can find it!

Free Shuttles:

  • LAGUNA BEACH – The Summer Shuttle Service is a FREE four line service designed to accommodate locals and visitors who primarily come to Laguna Beach for the Pageant of the Masters, local art festivals and other day tripping activities during the ten week summer season. Beginning late June through August, shuttle routes operate seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Special 4th of July holiday hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The transfer point between the North, South, and Canyon routes is at the Transit Center/Bus Depot.
  • SAN FRANCISCO- The University of California San Francisco provides free shuttle services to the UCSF community between all major campus locations on a regular schedule Monday through Friday between 7 am – 8 pm (excluding campus holidays). Some shuttles pick up after hours and on weekends.
  • STANFORD – Marguerite Shuttle is Stanford’s free public shuttle service, which travels around campus and connects to nearby transit, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Marguerite is free and open to the public – no ID required. The main shuttle lines traverse the campus. Monday – Friday all year (except University holidays). Evening and weekend service from mid-September to mid-June with Lines N, O, and Shopping Express and all buses are wheelchair-accessible & have bike racks.

POSSIBLE FREE SHUTTLES (Depending on Budgets)

  • Carmel by the Sea has run a free shuttle service in the past
  • Huntington Beach has offered a free summer shuttle service between City Hall and the beach and will likely continue it in 2012.
  • Marina del Rey has offered a free beach shuttle in past years. The free Beach Shuttle buses travel from Playa Vista every 30 minutes beginning at 10:15 a.m., carrying passengers to major points of interest including Fisherman’s Village, Waterside Shopping Center, Mother’s Beach and Venice Beach Pier.

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