We’re not called the Central Valley for nothing—and there are many planes, trains, and automobiles that connect us to surrounding gems and intercity destinations.
San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD)
Whether you’re jumping on the bus for a venture into town, a stretch through San Joaquin, or a commute to BART—RTD can get you there for fewer than ten dollars.
Their metro routes operate in the Stockton Metropolitan area, while Intercity Fixed Routes connect Stockton with Lodi, Tracy, Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop.
The future is alive, and it runs on electricity! Experience a ride through Stockton’s streets on RTD’s all-electric bus lines. With zero emissions and operating at a fraction of the cost, RTD hopes to transform all its lines into all-electric, zero-emission buses by 2025!
Altamont Corridor Express
California’s newest commuter rail service, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, and Santa Clara and terminates at the San Jose Diridon Station—where you can easily move on to Caltrain, Amtrak, or Santa Clara Transit.
While on board, enjoy bathrooms, wifi, ACE Snack Cars, power receptacles, under seat storage, and bike tie downs. Each station offers parking and ticketing, and most work with city transportation for a seamless trip.
With two stations in Stockton and one in Lodi, Amtrak makes traveling California easy. Save time and energy as you enjoy some seriously spectacular scenery in the passenger’s seat. The “San Joaquins” train runs multiple times daily from either the Bay Area or Sacramento, to Bakersfield.
If you’re looking to venture farther, sit back and relax as one of five California trains take you to locations like Los Angeles, Reno, Denver, and Chicago.
If you took our above advice and jumped on the Amtrak headed to Oakland’s Jack London Square—travel the city like a true San Franciscan on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). With over 30 stations, the BART will take you where you want to go. No need to worry about parking, tickets, or towing—allowing you to fully enjoy all of the city’s magic and mayhem.
Leap onto the Lodi GrapeLine for weekday and weekend rides spanning all of Lodi. From Kettleman to Lower Sacramento, Cherokee, Lockeford, and Central, riders can easily get to the Safeway and Target shopping center, Costco, Walmart, and downtown Lodi. Grab a 31-day bus pass for under $50!
Hop on Manteca Transit, offering three convenient routes traveling throughout the area. Ride with ease on the Fixed Route System, with stops at key locations throughout the city. For frequent riders, consider a 10-ride or monthly pass for under $40. Manteca Transit also offers Dial a Ride services for disabled, elderly, and medical recipients that have difficulty using fixed route systems. Ci.manteca.ca.us
Offering both fixed routes and Paratransit services, the TRACER bus system takes travels to most major destinations throughout Tracy. With routes Monday through Saturday, passengers can hit major stops like West Valley Mall, Wal-Mart, Downtown Tracy, and more. Ci.tracy.ca.us
For a small city, we’ve got a killer airport. Fly Allegiant non-stop to Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Diego for a seriously low cost. Considered the “Bay Area’s Best Kept Secret,” Stockton Metropolitan Airport offers $10 per night, secure overnight parking, Enterprise rental cars and Yellow Cab. Enjoy their grill and full bar, Subway restaurant and laptop and mobile phone charging stations and outlets while you await your flight. The best part besides the tons of cash you’ll save? The almost stress-free and line-free experience you’ll have as you make your way through security and to your gate. FlyStockton.com