If you haven’t finalized your transportation plans for getting off campus for spring break, then this blog entry is for you.
Traveling via ground transportation
Amtrak Thruway. Four departures to Van Nuys and up to Bakersfield. The easiest way to connect to the train that’ll get you to UCSB. Discounts of 20% available for students with three-day reservations. Black-out periods may apply.
Vanpool. The little secret amongst students from Southern California gets exposed. Some people will ride a vanpool home on Fridays and come back with it on Monday morning. You can try to do something similar. Check out www.vanpool.ucla.edu to see if a van goes near your community and dial 310-206-RIDE or email vanpool at ts.ucla.edu to ask about availability and obtain contact information for drivers.
More on other ways to reach area airports after the jump.
I love the FlyAway, but sometimes, it doesn’t always work out. Here are other options:
- Cheap, cheap: Use your Bruin Card to ride the Big Blue Bus 3 or the Culver CityBus 6 to the LAX Transit Center, where you’ll switch to an LAX-run shuttle to get into the airport. ADVICE: This is time consuming during the day. But I’ve taken BBB3 home at night, to Santa Monica, and it was fine. The transit center is well-lit, and there will be other budget-minded travelers with you.
- Traveling outside FlyAway hours? Shared ride vans are your next best option. SuperShuttle ($24) and Prime Time Shuttle ($15) are the only companies authorized to go in and out of LAX. NOTE: I’ve ridden SuperShuttle to catch 6AM flights before. They will want to pick you up at like 3:30AM, which isn’t so bad since the crowds at security could be lengthy.
- You’re about to miss your flight? TAKE A CAB. (Another How To). Yellow Cab and Beverly Hills Cab know how to traverse the UCLA campus. Or haul yourself down to the cab stand behind the Hammer Museum on Lindbrook. It’s not cheap, but it’s cheaper than the $100 you’ll pay to change your ticket since you missed your flight. BONUS: C-a-r-p-o-o-l lane on the 405! Cost: $~50 (including tip).
I’m flying, but not out of LAX!
- Burbank: Metro 761 to Vanowen Street in Van Nuys. Switch to Metro 165. Literally, this will take you right across a very narrow street to BUR. Test this out in Google Transit.
- Other airports: Takes a really, really long time. But Matthew Hissom swears he’s done it before, to LGB and John Wayne. Ask him at mhissom at ts.ucla.edu.
PHEW! That is a lot, now isn’t it?
Go back and study now that you’ve figured out your low-cost, green way of springing away for spring break.