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This Spring Break, Take a $213 Cross-Country Amtrak Ride


amtrakpicSpring Break is just around the corner. If you've ever wanted to travel across country but didn't have the funds to do it, we've got a solution for you.

This Amtrak train will take you to some of the most beautiful cities in America like Salt Lake City, Denver and Chicago—and it only costs $213.

To make it even easier, travel blogger Derek Low mapped out the route to take so you can travel to various cities between San Francisco and New York. You can ride either the California Zephyr or the Lake Shore Limited.There’s even an extended trip package, giving you 15 extra days to explore the country and sight-see for an additional $216.

We know what you’re thinking, “I’m a student. This is still too expensive.” Amtrak hears you. UCLA students are eligible for a 15% discount on Flexible and Value cross-country rail fares year-round.

Not looking to go so far? Amtrak’s Throughway Service offers UCLA students a 20% discount on in-state travel. A short bus ride will take you from 592 Gayley Avenue at Strathmore Place to the Van Nuys and Bakersfield stations. From these locations the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains can take you as far north as Sacramento and anywhere in between.

For more information about student discounts, click here.

Here’s How to Get Home This Summer

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Surfliner - Del Mar-2_blogSchool is ending, commencement is right around the corner, and summer is kicking off soon. Do you know how you're getting home?

Some of you already know that UCLA students get 20% off California Amtrak fares. But what if you live out of state?

Well Amtrak recently rolled out its new 15% Student Discount program. If
you're a UCLA student, ages 17-25, save 15% on Value and Flexible rail
fares on travel year-round beyond California to destinations throughout the country. No blackout dates.

The Pacific Surfliner travels the coast to places like Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.Click on this lick to make a reservation and to read all terms and conditions. Tickets must be reserved three days before travel. A valid UCLA student ID must be presented as proof of discount eligibility.

Ride Amtrak, and see where the train can take you!

How to Get Home For the Holidays


Heading home for holidays? UCLA Transportation has made it easy for you, the environment and your wallet. Whether you're hopping on a plane or planning to take the train, there's several convenient and discounted services for you to choose from. Here's the gist:

    1. FlyAway:  The Westwood FlyAway offers hourly, direct service to and from LAX for only $10 one-way. the FlyAway features free Wi-Fi service, curbside drop-off atAmtrak14CoastStarlightMtShastaCA each terminal and long-term parking at UCLA Parking Structure 32, which is where the shuttle picks you up. We recommend purchasing tickets in person on the
      shuttle. Drivers accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express debit or credit cards only.
    2. Amtrak: If you're planning on taking the train to and from UCLA (students get 20%
      Amtrak fares), hop on the Amtrak Thruway to get to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield stations. This dedicated bus connection to San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner trains is a short walk from UCLA residence halls. Just bring your pre-purchased Amtrak eTicket and board the bus at 592 Gayley Avenue at Strathmore Place.zimride-logo
    3. Zimride: Use this online ridesharing system to find other Bruins who live in or near your hometown. Bruins who are looking for a carpool buddy will post rides to share
      with the UCLA community. Save time when you carpool (think HOV lanes!) and money (gas!). You may even make a new friend.

Amtrak, Anyone?


amtrakpicFall Quarter has arrived and students are slowing settling into their new digs at UCLA.

If you're someone who's traveled from far away (I consider San Diego pretty far), you might already be thinking about the next time you'll be able to visit your friends and family. Well, Amtrak's got you covered.

UCLA students can receive a 20% discount on three California corridor routes: Students

  • Pacific Surfliner—San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
  • San Joaquin—Bakersfield, Merced, Sacramento, Davis, Oakland/Emeryville
  • Capitol Corridor—San Jose, Oakland/Emeryville, Davis, Sacramento, Rocklin

(Note: Thruway bus connections to/from trains are valid except 7000-8999 series buses.)

Skip the drive. Travel with Amtrak, where you can enjoy delicious meals in the dining car and scenic views from the lounge. Relax in spacious seats or private sleeping accommodations. Amtrak CoupleYour onboard experience can be unique and memorable. Doesn't that sound better than sitting in your car?

Visit Amtrak's website for more information about their student program and to make reservations now through June 16, 2016. Three-day advance reservations are required and holiday blackout dates apply.

Not a student? You can still ride Amtrak with their Saver Fares and get 20% off select routes. Book your tickets by December 31, 2015 with a minimum of 14 days in advance and travel through March 31, 2016. Other restrictions apply.

With service to over 500 destinations nationwide, there's no better way to see America than by train.

Plan your winter holiday trip with these transportation options!


AmtrakLooking for a lift to LAX, Amtrak station or even home for the winter holiday closure? UCLA Transportation has great options to get you on your way and take the stress out of planning your trip!

For those traveling to the Van Nuys or Bakersfield Amtrak stations to access Pacific Surfliner or San Joaquin trains, respectively, take the Amtrak California Thruway dedicated bus connection, a short walk down the hill from the residence halls. UCLA students may receive a 20% discount off the best available rail fares. The bus departs from 592 Gayley Ave. at Strathmore Place. For more information, please click here.

Need to find a ride home? Check out Zimride, a carpool matching service. Register for free with your UCLA email, enter your travel information and Zimride will provide a list of potential UCLA carpool partners. Zimride is a great way to make new friends, save time and money! For more information on Zimride, please click here.

Culver CityBus Rapid 6 offers convenient affordable service between UCLA and the LAX Transit Center, where a free connecting shuttle will take you from the Transit Center to all airport terminals. UCLA students, staff and faculty can ride Culver CityBus for only 50 cents!

In addition, FlyAway provides frequent nonstop bus service connecting Westwood and LAX for $10 (credit or debit only). Campus pick-up location: Kinross Ave. between Gayley and Veteran (UCLA Parking Structure 32). Please note: UCLA Transportation recommends that you DO NOT purchase your FlyAway ticket online ahead of time as tickets are nonrefundable and do not guarantee you a seat. Additionally, FlyAway often experiences delays and overcrowding during peak travel periods. We suggest that you have a backup plan to FlyAway, such as using a rideshare service or grabbing a cab with fellow Bruins.