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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The downtown shuttle is a great option if you don't have a car or a ride. Although it doesnt go too far, it gets you to al your necessities (downtown, walmart) as well as other eating places, the hospital and Weiss market I believe?

4 College Junior

Transportation: For every major break, Bucknell uses shuttles that will bring students to Philly airport, New York and DC.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Most things are within walking distance

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: You can get shuttles or share rides to airports.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I haven't had much of a need to travel outside of Bucknell's campus, but when I need to get home for a break, taking the bus is usually pretty easy and very convenient.


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  • 68th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 486th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 663rd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jen Adams
Washington, PA
Economics/Political Science
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Because Bucknell’s campus is on the small side, it is very easy to get wherever you need to be when you are on your feet. If you want to go out to dinner or do some shopping, downtown Lewisburg is a short walk from campus. For students who don’t have cars, there is a weekend shuttle that runs to the neighboring town of Selinsgrove, where there is a mall, a Wal-Mart, and a grocery store. For the most part, though, everything students need is on campus. The bookstore sells toiletries, snacks, and similar necessary items. Students who live in the apartment-style housing or the “Mods” either have their own cars or know somebody who does.

For students who want to occasionally get to the city, Bucknell offers bus trips to NYC, Philly, and DC. The trips cost $25, and the student can stay there all day. These trips are a really fun and inexpensive way to do some shopping and sightseeing. Other than the shuttles Bucknell offers, there really are not many ways to get off campus without a car. The limo and taxi service is pretty expensive, and students really only use that to get to the airport or train station if there isn't a Bucknell shuttle available. Some students take the bus out of town, but it’s often a long ride because it stops frequently. So, while it is possible to get off campus without a car, it’s much easier to do so if you have a car or friends with cars.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Catch a ride with a friend who has a car, or better yet, see if you can borrow it!
  • Walk downtown (it takes about 10 minutes depending on where you are on campus).
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Bucknell Shuttle ($35); only offered before school breaks
  • Susquehanna Valley Limo

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Safe Ride

(570) 577-3333

Rides from dusk until dawn

Ride Board

Students sign up saying they need a ride somewhere, and if another student with a car is driving there, they can give a ride.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Williamsport Regional Airport

Williamsport, which is about 20 minutes north of campus, but there are not as many flights out of there.


(570) 368-1354

Harrisburg International Airport

The main airport is located in Harrisburg, about an hour and 20 minutes south of Bucknell.

510 Dauphin Dr., Middletown

(717) 948-5900

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Susquehanna Trailways

purchased at Market Street Deli


Tickets for Greyhound and Capitol Trailways can be purchased downtown at Bookseller's Bookstore

Capitol Trailways

Tickets for Greyhound and Capitol Trailways can be purchased downtown at Bookseller's Bookstore

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Harrisburg Train Station

4th and Chestnut Sts., Harrisburg


The nearest train station is located in Harrisburg, about an hour and 20 minutes south of Bucknell.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 15% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 46% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 23% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 19% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 22% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 11% Nonexistent.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 22 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 23 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 22 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 65% Very easy.
  • 35% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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