Travel Information

Travel Information

Booking Travel:

After notification of your acceptance to the conference, you should immediately plan your travel options.  Here are some possible ways of getting to UCSD:

Arriving by Train or Local Public Transit

We encourage the use of public transportation whenever possible, and UCSD is well served by multiple train and bus routes:

Long distance: Amtrak rail service is feasible if traveling from Santa Barbara, Los Angles, Orange County or south San Diego county. The closest Amtrak station to UCSD is the Solana Beach Station, from which travelers can take the 101 Breeze bus south to UCSD campus.

In San Diego county: The NCTD Coaster line serves Sorrento Valley station, and a shuttle can be taken from that station to campus.  Attendees from northeast county should plan to take the Coaster to Oceanside and then down to Sorrento Valley if considering this route. Attendees from south county should use the trolley to get to Old Town or Fashion Valley Stations, then take the 150 or 41 bus lines to campus.

Bus lines to campus include:

  • 30: UTC, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Old Town, downtown San Diego
  • 41: VA Hospital, UTC, Clairemont, Fashion Valley
  • 101: UTC, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside NCTD
  • 150: UTC, VA Hospital, Old Town, downtown San Diego
  • 201/ 202 SuperLoop: UTC area
  • 204 SuperLoop: UTC area, Executive Drive, Judicial Drive, Nobel Drive
  • 237: UCSD – Rancho Bernardo Transit Station
  • 921: UTC, Mira Mesa

Additional information on public transit to UCSD can be found here.

Arriving by Car:

UCSD is close to the Pacific coast just west of the 5 freeway, about 13 miles north of the city of San Diego, 46 miles south of Orange County and 50 miles north of Tijuana, Mexico. You can exit at either Genesee Avenue or La Jolla Village Drive.

Parking on campus is free on weekends, but only in designated spaces.  Visitor permits (for Friday) can be purchased at vending machines for $8/day. The closest parking lot to IOA are the Pangaea and Hopkins parking structures.

For more information on parking at UCSD, see this page.

Arriving by Plane

Those arriving by plane should fly to the San Diego International Airport (airport code SAN).  Shuttle vans from the airport to campus will be organized once we have a schedule of inbound travelers.  All students traveling by air and requesting travel support from the conference must get prior approval from the Local Organizing Committee before purchasing airline tickets.  Send the details of your preferred flight with the subject line “Flight approval request for the APS CUWIP at UCSD”.  Allow the LOC up to two weeks to review your request and provide a decision via email.

Taxis, Uber & Lyft

Shared ride or taxi services may be used for local transportation, but is discouraged for long-distance travel (> 20 miles) and may not be reimbursable.  Note that limo or luxury vehicle services will not be reimbursed.

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