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Getting To and Around Redding
Bringing a Car into California
Here is brief a summary of California’s laws regarding vehicles and vehicle registration. You can also click below to read additional details.
Vehicle Registration Fee Calculator
All BSSM student vehicles must be registered in the State of California regardless of state of ownership/registration and/or residency status of the student. Registration costs depends upon vehicle.
Vehicles not owned by a student (e.g. by parents) are still required to be registered. This registration is called an interstate registration.
Smog check is required for all vehicles registered in California. Smog tests are $50-60.
Foreign or out of state licenses are valid as long as you are non-resident. If you take a job that requires driving, you must obtain a California Drivers license.
You must have insurance coverage.
Canadians & Mexicans
Canada & Mexico
If you are bringing a car from Canada or Mexico, please read the relevant section here.
Redding Municipal (RDD)
Daily commercial airline passenger service is provided by United Express to and from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Sacramento International (SMF)
The Sacramento International Airport is only two hours and 15 minutes from Redding — a very easy to drive to Redding. You simply drive on I-5 North and stay on it until you are in Redding.
San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco International
The San Francisco International Airport is 3.5 hours away by car. If you choose to fly there, you will need to secure separate transportation to get from San Francisco to Redding.
Getting around Redding
The easiest way to travel around Redding is with use of a car. If you’re not planning on purchasing a vehicle, there are alternatives that will require a little more planning. These include using the bus, sharing rides with others, leasing, or if you live close to school, riding your bicycle.
There is an option to share rides with fellow BSSM students who own cars. However, you will need to arrange this with your peers. If you find someone who is willing to regularly give you rides, it is polite to help with the cost of fuel. *Please do not hitchhike in the United States as it is unsafe.
Leasing a vehicle may be a cost effective option for some students. Established in 2012, Worry Free Auto Leasing has been tailored to specifically meet the needs of BSSM students, including obtaining tags and registration and help with insurance. It offers dependable and affordable transportation with many driving options to choose from. For more detailed information and to see some of the vehicles available, click here.
Redding Bus Network
An additional transportation option is Redding’s bus service: Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA). RABA offers free transportation on their Crosstown Express route, which services the Redding Civic Auditorium. Visit the RABA website for routes and schedules. RABA has routes that travel directly to Bethel Church and to the Civic Auditorium. However, be aware that the bus system is limited and may not be an option for you depending on where you live. See Route Maps for more details.
Uber is an inexpensive, on-demand ride share service in Redding and in many cities around the world. The service allows you to hire a private driver to pick you up and take you to your destination through your your phone.
Riding a Bike
For students who want to ride their bicycles to and from school, the Civic Auditorium has easy access to the Sacramento river trails and bike trails throughout Redding. We also offer a rack area for students to lock their bikes during school hours. Please do not leave your bicycle in the rack area after school hours to avoid any theft of your property.