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Traveling To UC Davis

UC Davis is located on or near several key routes of travel. The campus is located on a major Interstate freeway, 3 miles from an Amtrak station, and 15 miles from the Sacramento International Airport. Several bus lines run on and to the campus and the City of Davis from surround areas. Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport are within 80 miles of UC Davis.

Once on campus, be sure to check in at the Conference Housing Service Desk.

Traveling By Car

Traveling to UC Davis by car is fairly straightforward.

  • From the North, East, or West Bay Area:take I-80 East toward Sacramento, to Davis, then exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • From the South Bay Area: take I-580 East to I-5, then I-5 North to Sacramento, then I-80 West to Davis, then exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • From Southern California: then I-5 North to Sacramento, then I-80 West to Davis, then exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • From Northern California: take I-5 South toward Sacramento, then exit on Hwy 113 southbound to Davis
  • From the Sierra Nevada/Tahoe/Reno area: take I-80 West to Davis, then exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • Then (all directions): Exit at Russell Blvd; turn right onto Russell Blvd. and proceed to campus

Traveling By Airplane

Three International Airports are within a two hour drive (typical traffic): Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco. Driving directions from each airport to UC Davis are listed below.

Driving From Sacramento International Airport

  • Exit airport grounds to I-5
  • Take I-5 south towards Sacramento/Yuba City, drive about 8 miles
  • Exit westbound I-80 West towards San Francisco, drive about 16 miles
  • Exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • Exit at Russell Blvd; turn right onto Russell Blvd. and proceed to campus

Travel Time: approximately 45 minutes.

Note: Yolobus provides bus service to and from Sacramento Airport to UC Davis. See "Traveling By Bus" below for details.

Driving From Oakland International Airport

  • Exit airport grounds to I-880
  • Take I-880 north towards Oakland, drive about 10 miles
  • Merge onto I-80 East towards Sacramento, drive about 65 miles
  • Exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • Exit at Russell Blvd; turn right onto Russell Blvd. and proceed to campus

Travel Time: approximately 1 hour, 25 minutes (allow significantly more time during heavy traffic).

Driving From San Francisco International Airport

  • Exit airport grounds to US-101
  • Take US-101 North towards San Francisco, drive approximately 12 miles
  • Transition to I-80 East towards Bay Bridge (bridge toll is required only when driving west)
  • Continue on I-80 East towards Sacramento, drive about 70 miles
  • Exit northbound Highway 113 toward Woodland
  • Exit at Russell Blvd; turn right onto Russell Blvd. and proceed to campus

Travel Time: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (allow significantly more time during heavy traffic).

Traveling By Train

Amtrak trains travel through Davis every day. The Davis Amtrak Passenger Station is located in downtown Davis, at 840 Second Street (nearest the intersection of Second Street and G Street). The walk from the Amtrak Station to the edge of campus takes about 10-15 minutes.

Traveling By Bus

The Yolobus Intercity Loop provides service between Sacramento, West Sacramento, Davis, Woodland, and the Sacramento International Airport. Yolobus runs transportation on its Intercity Loop in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions every day.

In town, Unitrans offers daily bus service, with over a dozen routes servicing the City of Davis and the UC Davis campus.