Alternative Transportation

Explore your commute options, or make plans to share a ride.

Start with to find options that are custom tailored to your unique starting location and destination. Included are options for carpool, vanpool, public transit, biking and more. See more information in the MyCommute section below.

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Start with to plan your daily UCSF commute with ease. MyCommute is an online commute planning tool that helps you find transit options that are custom-tailored to your unique starting location and destination, including carpool, vanpool, public transit, biking, and walking.

Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3
1. Start at UCSF’s
2. Registration is quick and easy
3. Save your commute as a Favorite Trip will allow you to easily see all your travel options


Share your ride with fellow UCSF staff and save money on your commute expenses. A vanpool group consists of 5 or more individuals who live in the same area and have similar work schedules. And, with reserved parking, you are guaranteed to park with ease upon arriving at UCSF.

Visit UCSF Vanpool to find a vanpool in your area.


Save money when you share your commute to UCSF. Ready to find other people to carpool with? Visit UCSF Carpool to learn more.

Share a Car

Zipcar is a car-sharing program, an alternative to car ownership that gives you wheels when you want them, a variety of vehicle types to choose from, and options to rent by the hour or day. Transportation partners with Zipcar to bring car-sharing to campus.

UCSF staff, faculty, and learner members can join for $15.
Students enjoy a waived application fee and a $15 annual membership fee for up to 6 years. After graduation (or 6 years), Student memberships are automatically converted to an Alumni membership with a $35 annual membership fee.
Faculty and Staff enjoy a waived application fee with a $15 annual membership fee.

- Cars are self-service and on-demand (the keys are right inside the cars!)
- Gas, maintenance, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included
- Rates starting as low as $8.50 per hour and $77 per day
- Vehicles are available on UCSF’s campus and Zipcars have designated parking spots for convenient pick-up and return
- Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to faculty, staff,  and student members

How it Works
Join: Apply online at UCSF’s Zipcar website.
It only takes a few minutes. Once you’re approved, you get your very own Zipcard
Reserve: Reserve a car online or use the mobile app
Unlock: Walk to the car, and hold your Zipcard to the windshield and the doors unlock
Drive: Drive away and return the Zipcar to the same reserved parking spot at the end of your reservation

Any 18+ students or 21+ faculty and staff can apply, so long as they’ve been a licensed driver for at least one year; this also includes international users. After the quick online application is completed, Zipcar runs a driving record check. Once approved, the applicant receives a Zipcard in less than a week and can begin making reservations. Apply online at UCSF’s Zipcar website.

Departmental Accounts
UCSF departments can create departmental accounts with the convenience of direct billing for the Zipcar service.  Authorized employees may reserve and use Zipcars to facilitate university business using their departmental accounts and save the time and energy required to submit reimbursement requests. Using a UCSF Zipcar departmental account is a convenient way for employees to access a vehicle for university business when they have to travel off-site for meetings, work or need to transport equipment. Using this option can save departments substantial amounts of capital and operational expenses by forgoing the need to purchase vehicles for the occasional business need vs simply renting a vehicle by the hour.

Zipcar Locations & Vehicles Available
Laurel Heights California/Walnut- 2 vehicles
Mission Bay 3rd Street Garage - 1 vehicles
Mission Center 15th/Folsom- 2 vehicles
Parnassus Kirkham/5th - 1 vehicle
Parnassus Millberry Union - 2 vehicles
Indiana/19th St. - 1 vehicle

For more information, please visit the UCSF Zipcar website.

We’ll Get You Home in an Emergency

We understand that emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. When they happen while you’re at work, the UCSF Employee Emergency Ride Home program makes sure you’re covered.
Emergency Ride Home


Hills are no deterrent to walkers in pedestrian and mass-transit friendly San Francisco. Clean air, museums, and the highest rate of mass-transit usage in the country make San Francisco one of America’s best walking cities.

Walking Maps

Walking Safety

Walking Advocacy

Walk with UCSF
UC Walks is a Systemwide WellBeing Initiative program that is coordinated by the wellness programs at each campus and health system. UC Walks promotes wellness and an active lifestyle by encouraging faculty, staff, and retirees to take time out of their day to walk. The event also builds community and campus spirit throughout the UC system.

Get more information at UC Walks.

Want to walk with fellow UCSF community members during your workday? Living Well at UCSF can help you get in step.

Wherever you are coming from or going to, Transportation can assist you with an alternative to driving alone.

If you have any questions, we’re here to help! You can reach us by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 415.476.GOGO (4646).