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This Summer, Go Car-free with Sustainable Travel Alternatives

Packed with world-famous and locally renowned destinations, Orange County is a great place to celebrate summer. Finding attractions from amusement parks to museums to beaches is easy; driving and parking can be difficult.

Here are five car-free, convenient and cost-effective transportation alternatives to help travelers keep their cars in the garage and money in their pockets while reducing pollution.

OC Bus

Offering nearly 60 routes, OC Bus travels throughout Orange County to shopping, Disneyland, the beach, summer jobs and more. Planning a summer adventure is easy using OCTA’s trip planner. During the summer and throughout the year, youth ages 6 to 18 ride free with the Youth Ride Free pass.


With three lines and 12 stations in Orange County, Metrolink passenger rail service is a convenient, comfortable way to travel locally and to other counties—and kids love it. Ideas about where to go and what to do during fun, affordable Metrolink weekend and weekday trips are featured here.

OC Flex

For those in parts of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo, OC Flex on-demand shared ride vans eliminate the need for a designated driver when dining with friends or sending kids 13+ kids off to a play date—all for only $4.50 for a day of unlimited travel. Connections between OC Flex and OC Bus and the local Metrolink station are free. Through August 31, group rides for up to four people are half price.

OCTA Trolleys

OCTA’s free summer trolleys (also known as shuttles) connect to each other and to transit and Metrolink stops, making it easier to travel to great destinations without a car. These transportation services are partially funded by OC Go (also known as Measure M), which puts tax dollars to work locally. Trolleys serve Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, vibrant cities with fun and food for everyone.


Orange County is a bicycle-friendly community with more than 1,000 miles of bikeways that connect to parks, beaches and other enjoyable destinations. Learn more here.