Travel and Parking Information

Memorial Union bus terminal
The Memorial Union (MU) bus terminal is a major hub of Unitrans, which is the campus and city bus system. The MU is a stop along the Yolobus 42A and 42B routes (from the airport and Greyhound).

Driving to UC Davis

Locate which parking lot you will need to park in based on your Orientation session (below.) Please use the following address for your GPS device:

Lot 47: Visitor Parking Lot 47
             Davis, CA, 95616

Lot 1:   Visitor Parking Lot 1
             Davis, CA 95616

 

Parking for Orientation

First-Year Orientation Parking

Anyone traveling to First-Year Orientation by car will park in the Tercero Housing Area, and should park in Visitor Lot #47. If you are parking for the duration of Orientation, you will receive a parking permit (read more below.) If you are only dropping off a student or guest at Orientation, you will not need a permit.

Transfer Orientation Parking

Parking and Check-In for Transfer Orientation varies by program. Please read below to determine the parking lot and check-in location of your specific program.

  • Session 1 – Wednesday, August 8 – Park in Visitor Lot #1  off of Old Davis Road
  • Session 2 – Thursday, August 9 – Park in Visitor Lot #1  off of Old Davis Road
  • Session 3 – Friday, August 10 – Park in Visitor Lot #1  off of Old Davis Road
  • Session 4 – Monday, August 13 – Park in Visitor Lot #1  off of Old Davis Road
  • Session 5 – Tuesday, August 14 – Park in Visitor Lot #47  off of La Rue Road
  • Session 6 – Wednesday, August 15 – Park in Visitor Lot #47  off of La Rue Road


If you are parking for the duration of Orientation, you will receive a parking permit (read more below.) If you are only dropping off a student or guest at Orientation, you will not need a permit.

Parking Permit Instructions

One visitor parking permit will be provided to the student, if needed, during program check-in. Please note that if you arrive earlier than the stated time for check-in, you will be subject to all parking enforcements. Permits are not provided earlier than check-in. Only one permit will be issued for the duration of your stay (one day for Transfer participants and two days for First-Year participants). Orientation is not responsible for replacing lost parking permits. If additional permits are needed, they can be purchased at the kiosk in the parking lot for a daily rate of $9.00. Permit dispensers accept Visa and Mastercard only (they do not accept cash). Please see Transportation and Parking Services for details regarding visitor parking restrictions.

Check-in does not begin earlier than the time stated in the registration confirmation. Please plan appropriately. If you get lost or need assistance locating the Check-In Area, call us at 530-752-4443.

Parking for First-Year Pre-Event Participants

All parking in valid Visitor Parking spaces are free on Sundays and after 5:00 P.M. on weekdays, so Pre-Event participants arriving after 5:00 PM will not need to purchase a parking pass for the extra night they stay over. 

 

Other Travel Options to UC Davis

Travel arrangements should not be made until an electronic confirmation of Orientation registration has been sent and received to the student’s UC Davis email account. A copy should be printed as record of registration.

 

Orientation Shuttle

The Orientation Program provides a free shuttle from the Orientation Program to the Amtrak Station in the City of Davis and the Memorial Union on campus. This service is only available at the end of the program on Day 2 for the First-Year Orientation program. If you are interested in this service, you can sign up for a ride during Check-In, or you can visit the Orientation Hospitality Desk to sign up. The Orientation staff will transport participants to the program in a university vehicle.

Shuttling notes:
  • Pre-Event Overnight Arrivals (Sundays and Wednesdays): There is no shuttle service for participants checking in for the Pre-Event Overnight option.
  • Day 2 (Tuesday and Fridays): Shuttles are available from 5:15-6:00 P.M.
Shuttle Pick-Up Point:
  • Amtrak Station in Davis
  • Memorial Union on UC Davis Campus 

Amtrak Station

The Amtrak Station is conveniently located in downtown Davis, just minutes from campus. The Amtrak Station is an Orientation Shuttle (free) pick-up site. Please see above for details.

Greyhound Bus

Greyhound does not provide direct service to Davis. The closest station is located in Sacramento. From Sacramento, you would need to locate the appropriate connecting bus or train to Davis or use a taxi service.

Sacramento International Airport

The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is approximately 20 miles from UC Davis. It is served by most of the leading domestic and many international airline carriers. Below are the various ground transportation options and directions to UC Davis from the airport.

Yolobus

The Yolobus (#42A & B) is $2.00 each way, and takes approximately one hour. Take Yolobus 42B from the Sacramento airport to UC Davis and Yolobus 42A when returning to the airport from campus. It leaves from the Sacramento Airport at both terminals and drops passengers off at the UC Davis Memorial Union (MU).

Taxi

Taxi rates vary and should be confirmed before committing to this option. Sacramento International Airport website offers a list of taxi options.

Airport Shuttles & Rental Cars

There are several shuttle options and rental car options from the Sacramento International Airport to UC Davis.

Oakland International Airport

The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is approximately 77 miles from UC Davis. It is served by most of the leading domestic airline carriers and many international airline carriers. There are various ways to get to UC Davis from OAK, including a connecting flight to the Sacramento International Airport and ground transportation options to UC Davis from the airport. For ground transportation options from OAK to UC Davis, please view the information listed on the ground transportation page of the OAK website.

San Francisco International Airport

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is approximately 84 miles from UC Davis. It is served by most of the leading domestic airline carriers and many international airline carriers. There are various ways to get to UC Davis from SFO, including a connecting flight to the Sacramento International Airport and ground transportation options to UC Davis from the airport. For ground transportation options from SFO to UC Davis, please view the information listed on To & From SFO.