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Like many Southern Californians, Cal State San Marcos students love their cars! In fact most students who attend Cal State San Marcos drive to campus. As a special incentive for carpoolers, our Cal State Parking Services sells carpool parking permits giving carpoolers access to spaces in a great location near the Commons building.

Also, the North County Transit District (NCTD) provides bus service to campus hourly on weekdays and Saturday. The campus also provides bike stands and storage lockers. To handle your different transportation needs we have listed some important websites. These sites list services and programs, provide maps and important contact information you will need to get around San Diego North.

So, let's see if we can take care of your transportation needs......

Flying in from out of town? provides extensive information about San Diego's International Airport, Lindburgh Field. This site gives you an airport tour, transportation information to and from the airport, parking information, flight information, facility and general services information. This site also provides San Diego Maritime information.

Special note: if you fly into San Diego without ground transportation arrangements airport shuttles will take you to your destination in and around the county for the most reasonable rates. No reservation is necessary. Current shuttle rates from the San Diego International Airport to San Marcos are between $45-$55 dollars. Shuttle service is available on the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2 via the skybridge, and curbside at the commuter terminal. There is also taxi service at these locations and hotel shuttles.

Here's a list of current shuttle companies:

  • Airport Shuttle -619-234-4403
  • Access Shuttle -619-282-1515
  • California Sunshine Shuttle -619-505-0599
  • Cloud 9 Shuttle -619-505-4950 or 1 800-9-SHUTTLE
  • Coronado Livery -619-435-6310
  • Five Star Shuttle -619-294-3300
  • Prime Ride Shuttle -619-297-7463
  • Xpress Shuttle -619-295-1900
  • Seaside Shuttle - 619-281-6451
  • Seatop Shuttle - 619-222-2744
  • The Flyer** -619-557-4555

**Public Transit is available via The Flyer, a metropolitan transit System (MTS) bus that travels between the airport and downtown San Diego stopping at terminals 1 and 2.

If you prefer a smaller regional airport you might want to fly into McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. (All the flights go through Los Angeles International Airport). American West, 1 (800)-235-9292, and United Express, 1 (800) 241-6522, provide service at Carlsbad. There is no shuttle service available at this time from the Carlsbad airport, however taxi service is available. For more information about the McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad go to website and click on AIRPORTS.

Looking for a place to meet friends and carpool? provides North County and the San Diego metropolitan area park and ride maps. These maps are great for carpoolers. This site will also provide you with public transportation, vanpool, and highway information, and if you go to the LINKS section you can find real time freeway speed maps of the San Diego and Los Angles areas. Don't forget to contact Cal State San Marcos Parking and Transportation Services office for carpool permits and carpool parking locations at (760) 750-7500 or

Want to avoid parking hassles and leave the driving to someone else?
provides general bus fee and route information, schedules, Sprinter information, Coaster (coastal train) information, and route maps for San Diego North. They even have a trip planner to assist you named OTIS. (Special note: currently, bus route # 342 and bus route #304 - coastal come to our Cal State campus).

For San Diego Transit District information go to the site which has San Diego metropolitan area bus routes, Coaster schedules (coastal train from San Diego North), and the San Diego Trolley schedules. For more assistance you can call 1 800-COMMUTE.

For minibus access to Borrego Springs, Julian, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Ramona and other Northeast Rural communities call (760) 767-4287 for the Northeast Rural Bus System.

Concerned about the environment or just want to get some good exercise? provides bicyclists with lots of useful information including bike laws, riding safety, bicycle coalitions and organizations. Bike racks are found on most transit busses and are allowed on the San Diego Coaster and San Diego Trolley with a permit. Also, has bike maps and more information about bike locker location s throughout the county. Remember we have bike racks and bike lockers on campus.

Want California Highway information?
 provides up to date highway information including road conditions and freeway maps.