Travel

Getting Around in Fresno

Bus Transportation

Fresno maintains a bus transit system called FAX (Fresno Area Express) which services 14 routes in Fresno and also includes Clovis, Highway City, Malaga and Pinedale. There are several routes which serve Fresno State. They run on 20, 30 or 60-minute cycles.

  • Monday to Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

For information on routes, schedules and monthly passes visit the University Student Union (USU) Information Center or call the Fresno Transit Office, (559) 498-1122. There are four bus routes that serve Fresno State: Route 9, 28, 34 and 38. Bus fees are $1 (you must have exact change). If you plan to ride the bus frequently, consider purchasing a monthly pass at the USU Information Center to save money.

For more information, visit: http://www.fresno.gov/fax/

Bicycle

bikeMany students, whether they live on or off-campus, consider buying a bicycle. Notices of used bicycles for sale are posted on bulletin boards around campus and advertised in the school newspaper or the Fresno Bee. There are many stores that sell new and used bicycles and also make repairs. Refer to the Yellow Pages in your local phone directory

For safety, laws and precautions about riding bicycles, see the bicycle safety handbook, "A Guide to Safer Bicycling", offered by the University Police. For further information check with the Public Safety Office located on Barstow Avenue.

Automobiles

Owning a car can be expensive and, at times, even troublesome. Cars require continuing expenditures for license plates, insurance fees, and fuel. Unless you have an ample supply of money, it is advisable to be cautious about buying a car.

Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required to operate a motor vehicle. A written test of the California Vehicle Code, a driving test, and a vision examination must be passed before qualifying for a California driver's license. Tests are given at the offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):

Fresno Office:
6240 N. Blackstone Ave.( Blackstone and Sierra)
(800) 777-0133

Clovis Office:
533 Pollasky ( Shaw and Burl)
(800) 777-0133

Note: For further information about automobile licensing, registration, documents, exams, laws and rules, check the California Driver Handbook, provided by the State of California DMV, or contact the local DMV offices. Also visit http://www.dmv.ca.gov

PLEASE NOTE:

THE INTERNATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE IS NOT VALID IN CALIFORNIA!
ALL AUTOMOBILES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE INSURED!

Traveling the State of California

Greyhound Bus

Bus The state of California is served by Greyhound bus lines. Their terminal is located downtown at 1033 Broadway (Broadway and Tulare) in downtown Fresno. For more information, call (559) 237-2145 or (559) 233-8361. Discount tickets and schedule information is available on campus at the USU Information Center or call (559) 278-9461.

You may also visit: http://www.greyhound.com/

Amtrak Train

Train Amtrak offers transportation by rail. The train station is located in downtown Fresno near Tulare and Q Street. Phone (559) 486-7651 for routes, schedules and prices or call 1-800-872-7245. (Note: Amtrak information IS NOT available on campus!)

For further information, visit: http://www.amtrak.com

Air Travel

Plane Probably the quickest and the most enjoyable form of transportation available is air travel. Fresno Yosemite International (formerly Fresno Air Terminal) is located at 5175 E. Clinton Avenue near Clovis Avenue and is served by several airlines, both national and charter. Also check with local travel agencies for better ticket prices or lower rates.

Places of Interest in the Central Valley

Visit these websites to find a comprehensive information source on the area's location, climate, directions, attractions and related information. A listing of major attractions all around California are compiled below.

Fresno Area Attractions and Information
Clovis Area Attractions and Information
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
California Information Websites
Along the Coast Adventures
California State Parks
U.S. National Parks Services

Fresno Area Websites

  1. Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center:http://www.fresnoconventioncenter.com/ For information on upcoming rock concerts, free style motocross, Fresno Philharmonic and other great shows.  Also view a calendar of events.

  2. The City of Fresno official website:http://www.ci.fresno.ca.us/ For information on local government, city services, tourism, events, entertainment guides and more.

  3. The Fresno City and County Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://playfresno.org/about/fresno-cvb For information on places to visit in Fresno and the surrounding areas including activities, events, sites and attractions.

  4. Save Mart Center Events:http://www.savemartcenter.com For information on concerts and events at Fresno State's Save Mart Center.

  5. Tower District:http://www.towerdistrict.org For events, community information, a directory, and an events calendar.

  6. Fresno Filmworks (independent film institute):http://fresnofilmworks.org/ Every second Friday of the month Fresno Filmworks showcases international and American independent films at the Tower Theatre at 815 E Olive in the Tower District. A synopsis and reviews of upcoming films are available.

  7. Arte Americas "la casa de la cultura" website:http://www.arteamericas.org/ View information on exhibits, calendar of events, and more.  Find information about "Nights in the Plaza" that take place every Friday from May-October.

  8. Downtown Fresno:http://www.downtownfresno.org/ Downtown events and Fulton Mall information.

  9. Forestiere Underground Gardens:http://www.roadsideamerica.com/ 

  10. China PeakSki Resort:http://www.skichinapeak.com/ To purchase season passes, maps and find other skiing information.

  11. Sierra Gateway Maps:http://www.sierragatewaymap.com/ Valley/Sierra Nevada information about where to stay, what to do, what to see and photos.

Clovis Area Websites

  1. Old Town Clovis:http://www.oldtownclovis.org/ For information on events, history, shops, restaurants, and links to other Fresno and Clovis websites.

  2. City of Clovis official website:http://www.ci.clovis.ca.us For information on local government, tourism, events and more.

  3. Clovis Chamber of Commerce:http://www.clovischamber.com/ For events, business, and community information.

Yosemite National Park

Boasted as one of the most beautiful places on Earth, this national park stands proudly for the state of California and the U.S. as well. For more information you may log in to these various websites that deliver a comprehensive set of information on Yosemite National Park.

  1. http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm For a visitor's guide, maps, history and culture, road and weather conditions, camping/ lodging and activities.

  2. http://yosemite.areaparks.com/ For information on camping, lodging, activities, photo gallery, travel basics (such as getting there), history, and more, etc.

  3. http://www.yosemite.com/ For transportation, accommodations, places of interest, maps/directions, etc.

Travel in California

Explore California

Visit these websites to find a comprehensive information source on location, climate, directions, attractions and related information. A listing of major attractions all around California is compiled below.

Fresno Area Attractions and Information
Clovis Area Attractions and Information
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
California Information Websites
Along the Coast Adventures
California State Parks
U.S. National Parks Services

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

  1. http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm View a visitor's guide, maps, information on history and culture, road and weather conditions, camping, lodging and activities.

  2. http://sequoia.areaparks.com/ For information on camping, lodging, activities, photo gallery, travel basics (such as getting there), history and more.

  3. http://www.nps.gov/seki/naturescience/grant.htm The Nation's Christmas Tree at Grant Grove in Sequoia/Kings Canyon.

  4. http://www.us-parks.com/sequoia-and-kings-canyon-national-park/grant-grove-center.html Grant Grove virtual walk!

  5. http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/ Maps, brochures and recreational activities (camping, rafting and trails).

Learn About California

  1. California Tourism:http://www.visitcalifornia.com/ Search for your favorite city to visit, attractions, activities, and more.

  2. Beaches, Cities, Hotels and Resorts:http://www.beachcalifornia.com/ Find your favorite beaches, missions, lighthouses, etc.

  3. http://www.beachcalifornia.com/freestuf.html For free magazines, guides and brochures on everything from beach areas to the Napa Valley Wine Country to Hollywood and to San Diego.

Travel Along the West Coast

  1. San Francisco:http://www.sfvisitor.org/ Events, city links, lodging and an information kit.

  2. San Francisco events: http://www.sfstation.com/ Events, clubs, museums and theatre. 

  3. California Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/ Lodging, camping, beaches (including photos and other links), art galleries, directions, maps and calendar of events.

  4. A Guide to California's Big Sur: http://jrabold.net/bigsur/parks.htm A guide to the scenic coastal region with information on beaches, parks, monuments and campgrounds.

  5. Santa Cruz:http://www.santacruzca.org/ Things to do, places and maps, events and even some links for international travelers (scroll down the main page).

  6. Santa Barbara:http://www.santabarbaraca.com For information, sight-seeing, beaches, arts and entertainment, events and more.

  7. Solvang (the Danish village on the way to Santa Barbara):http://www.solvangusa.com For information on culture, theatre, wine tours, activities and events.

  8. San Luis Obispo County:http://www.sanluisobispocounty.com/ Featuring Hearst Castle, wine tasting, the Shakespeare Festival and more.

  9. Hearst Castle: http://hearstcastle.org/ Visit this historic California estate.

  10. Santa Monica:http://www.santamonica.com/ Beaches, attractions and a visitor's guide.

  11. San Diego:http://www.sandiego.org/ Beach guide, activities and attractions, arts and culture and visitor information.