Regional Airports

Sacramento International airport (SMF) is approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the city of Sacramento.  San Francisco International airport (SFO) is approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Sacramento.

Transportation Options from the Airport
  • Van-Service: Shared ride with other passengers
  • App-based Car Services: Uber and Lyft are two services used in the area
  • Taxi
  • Car Rental 

Getting around Sacramento

There are many ways to get around Sacramento. You may walk, bike, take a bus or commuter train, drive or carpool (share a ride).

Public Transportation: Sacramento’s bus and light rail system is called the Regional Transit (RT) system. ELI students may purchase a semester pass at a discounted price. Semester passes are good for a six (6) month period (January through June and/or July through December). The pass offers unlimited use of the city’s bus and light rail system. 

Bicycle: If you live near campus you may want to ride a bike.

Campus Transportation: The university also has a campus bus service called the “Hornet Shuttle” that is free of charge to students.  Please note this bus service only runs during the university’s fall and spring semesters.

Megabus: This low cost, daily express bus offers trips from Sacramento to San Francisco and Reno, Nevada. Visit the website for more information.

App-based Car Services: Popular app-based services like Uber and Lyft offer an alternative to taxis, often at a lower cost.   

Zipcar: You can rent a Zipcar by the hour or for the day.  This is great option for running errands or a special day trip where you will need a car. Zipcars are located in various parking lots throughout the city, including the Sacramento state campus. A valid international driver’s license is required, along with a passport. International driver permits are NOT accepted.

Rental Car: Most companies allow international students to rent a car with a valid international driver’s license and passport. Typically, you need to be at least 25 years of age.

Carpool: A “carpool” is when you ride in a car with two or more people. You can sign up with the Sacramento Region Commuter Club. This is a free service that helps you find other students, faculty or staff who want to share a ride to school. You can also carpool on weekend trips to nearby cities.

Visit the University Parking and Transit Services (UTAPS) for additional information.