Maps and Directions


Directions to UCR

There are two major airports near Riverside: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Due to the volume of students, family members and guests attending Highlander Orientation, we are unable to provide transportation. However, there are several reliable airport shuttle services available to you. Local hotels may also provide airport shuttle service for their guests.

Below you will find the approximate travel time to UC Riverside. Please allow time for traffic and construction. 

  • LAX to UCR: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (70.70 miles/113.78 kilometers)
  • ONT to UCR: approximately 20 minutes (19.65 miles/31.62 kilometers)

Once you arrive on campus, signs will direct you to the appropriate parking location, Lot 21. Parking permits will be provided upon arrival. Kiosks located at the two campus entrances will assist with questions.

Transportation Options

If you plan to take a shuttle or taxi to the UCR campus, make sure to confirm travel arrangements before arriving in Riverside. 


  • Prime Time Shuttle - Call (800) RED-VANS (733-8267) for shuttle service from ONT. Rates are $31/person one-way and $10 for each additional person.
  • Super Shuttle - Call (800) BLUE-VAN (258-3826) for shuttle service from ONT. Rates are $35/person one-way and $9 for each additional person. All reservations must be made 24 hours in advance and prepaid with a credit card.    



  • Riverside Transit Agency offers rides from various locations to the UCR campus. Bus fare is $1.50 per route. Call (951) 565-5002  for more information.


  • To get to UC Riverside, take the 91/215/60 Freeway to University Avenue. From the 60 Freeway (East and West), exit University Avenue and turn left on University Avenue. Follow the turn (veers left) on to Canyon Crest Drive. Turn right on Linden Street and follow the signs to Parking Lot 21 at Pentland Hills Residence Hall.

Directions to Orientation Check-In

The location for Highlander Orientation Check-In is located in Pentland Hills Residence Hall at 1 Pentland Way, Riverside, CA 92521.

A detailed map of campus that can assist you in finding various campus locations may be found at Detailed directions to the UCR campus can be found here.