Orange County Tips for International Students

Getting around Orange County: OC Public Transportation Guide

November 28, 2017

Exploring everything Southern California has to offer is easy when you live in Orange County! Thanks to the Orange County Transport Authority, residents have access to buses, metros, ride sharing, bikes, and taxis. Well-developed apps and websites make it easy to plan your trip within or outside of Orange County.

Getting around Orange County: OC Public Transportation Guide

OC Bus

Most students use the local bus system, which is both easy to navigate and affordable. Its 77 bus routes can be used with either a 30-day pass or by paying $2 per ride.

Click here to learn about the bus routes and learn how to get an OC Bus pass.

Getting around Orange County: OC Public Transportation Guide

Metrolink

Students heading outside of Orange County can take advantage of the Metrolink, which is a system of eight metro lines that service Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. (Click here for a map of Metrolink’s eight lines.) Students may pay for one trip or for 7-day or 30-day passes.

Click here to learn more about the pricing, the lines, and to view the schedules.

Getting around Orange County: OC Public Transportation Guide

Biking

The year-round beautiful weather in Orange County, combined with the area’s over 1,000 miles of bikeways, make OC a perfect place to bike!

Click here to view a map of OC’s bike paths, which included paved roads, “bike only” lanes, and off-road trails.

Getting around Orange County: OC Public Transportation Guide

Taxis/Uber/Lyft

With traditional taxis and apps such as Uber and Lyft, catching a ride has never been easier. With companies such as Uber and Lyft, students can request a safe and affordable ride at any time simply by using an app on their smartphone. Service is the number one priority for these companies, so enjoy the ride and the friendly driver (and practice English along the way)! Of course, students can also grab a cab: taxis are easy to find in the commercial districts of OC cities.

Now that you can travel around Orange County, where will you go? Check out some of the OC’s best beaches in our Guide to Orange County’s Beautiful Beaches article!

 

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