Davis (California)

Davis is home to the University of California, Davis

Davis is in Yolo County in the Sacramento Valley of California. Davis is best known for the university located there, The University of California Davis.

Get in


Davis is located on Interstate 80, which runs between the Bay Area and Sacramento and beyond. Headed west from the Bay Area you will want to take Highway 80 heading East to Sacramento. From Sacramento or the Lake Tahoe area take 80 West towards San Francisco. Take the UC Davis Exit to get to campus and the Mondavi Center, or Richards Blvd or Olive Drive to go downtown.


the historic Southern Pacific train station, still used for Amtrak

There is an Amtrak stop within walking distance of campus, which serves the California Zephyr, Capitol Corridor, and Coast Starlight routes. Tickets from the Bay Area cost approximately $30 round trip. If you are flying into San Francisco Amtrak is the best way to get to Davis. From SFO take BART to Richmond. Exit BART and then take the stairs or elevator up to the Amtrak platform. The Richmond station is unstaffed so Amtrak tickets can be purchased on board the train for no additional fee.


Although UC Davis has its own (small) airport, it is really only possible to reach Davis by plane through commercial airports. The closest option is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), from which one can then take a shuttle or taxi to Davis. A cheaper alternative is to take Yolobus. For $1.50 the #42 bus will take you to downtown Davis. You can then either utilize Unitrans, the local bus service or take a taxi to your destination. The airport is approximately a 30-minute drive from Davis.

The Oakland (IATA: OAK) and San Francisco (IATA: SFO) airports are also options for people who wish to visit the Bay Area as well as Davis. If your trip itinerary does not include the Bay Area, however, then SMF is the best option for commercial air travel to Davis. Amtrak trains are available from Oakland and San Francisco.

The Davis Airporter is another option for people flying in commercially. While it provides service to your front door and is available at all hours of the day and night, it is considerably more expensive than public transportation. See also the Yolo Airporter and the Super Shuttle.

Get around

Bikes on campus. Be careful: they rarely slow down for pedestrians!

Davis has the highest per capita number of bikes of any city in the U.S. It's the preferred method of transportation for most students and locals due to the prevalence of bike paths and the relative flatness of the area. Unitrans (the local municipal bus system) also runs quite frequently. For undergraduate students riding is free, for everybody else (including graduate students) one journey costs a dollar.

Downtown Davis is also very pedestrian friendly. The UC Davis campus and the heart of the downtown area run alongside one another and it's easy to stroll through both in a couple of hours.

Probably the worst way to experience Davis is by car. The huge numbers of bikers and pedestrians make driving slow and tedious at many times throughout the day.




One thing Davis is not short on is restaurants. Whatever your taste, Davis has a means to at least attempt to satisfy your hunger.

Most restaurants are in the downtown area, with the majority being within a few square blocks. Fast food restaurants are clustered near the Mace Blvd and Richard Blvd exits off of the freeway. There are also several restaurants in the shopping centers that ring the town. Other notable restaurants that are not in downtown include Osteria Fasulo, a fancy Italian restaurant located in the Village Homes neighborhood.




Farm stands

Davis is right in the middle of farm country and has access, as you might expect, to a variety of farm stands.



There are multiple hotel options in Davis. There are several hotels in downtown, a cluster of hotels off the Richards Blvd exit, a cluster of hotels near the Mace Blvd exit (on Chiles road), and one hotel actually on campus (the Hyatt), which is directly across from the Mondavi Center. All of the hotels in downtown are within walking distance of campus.

Downtown Davis

Further out

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Davis is nearby to both the San Francisco Bay Area (particularly the East Bay and Berkeley) and Sacramento; the Amtrak line goes to both places. It is also situated roughly in the middle of California when driving north to south on Interstate 5, perhaps from Mount Shasta to Los Angeles. Davis is also only an hour away from Napa Valley, and only a few hours away by car (or by Amtrak) to Yosemite National Park. Davis is about 1.5 hours to Lake Tahoe and two hours from Reno.

Routes through Davis

Emeryville Martinez  W  E  Sacramento Salt Lake City
Auburn Sacramento  N  S  Fairfield Emeryville
San Francisco Dixon  W  E  West Sacramento Sacramento

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