Elon, NC
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3 College Student

Transportation: I would absolutely recommend having a car on campus. If you live on campus, you really don't need to have a car to get to class etc. (unless you live in Danieley, in which case it would be convenient). However, it's awesome to have a car if you're looking to get off campus. BUT, if you're a student, keep in mind that your parents might make you drive home every time you go on break. Thats a sacrifice if you live 10 hours away like myself!

3 College Junior

Transportation: The biobus runs frequently but there are times where it can be really unreliable.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Free biobus but only goes to a select area that isn't helpful if you want/need to go to places outside of the biobus route. There are very little opportunities through the school to go visit Raleigh/Durham/Greensboro and explore the areas around us.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Bio Bus is really good but I have a car so I've never used it. People always find other people to drive them to the airport since taxis and the shuttle are really expensive. It's also easy to find rides to the grocery store when you need it (or you can take the Bio Bus).

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Having a car on campus, or knowing someone with a car on campus, is the only way to remain sane at this school. The Bio Bus can take you around the bustling metropolis of Elon and to a shopping center, but that is it. If you want to travel to Greensboro, or even Burlington, you have to find alternative transportation. Elon provides shuttles to the airport (roughly an hour away) but at $45 per ride, and the shuttles do not leave at convenient times for a lot of students. They are left to take taxis, which, for an hour, can costs upwards of $120. The transportation options at Elon are extremely limited, but students seem to be able to cope with this. Nearly everyone seems to know someone who has a car, making it easier to deal with the fact that it is very difficult to get around Elon without one.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 200th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 575th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1104th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Flood
Ridgefield, CT
Business Administration (Minor: Leadership)
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Public transportation is probably one of the most frustrating things about Burlington. Trying to get anywhere, if you don’t have a car, is one of the worst hassles you’ll encounter. With the shuttle to the airport costing $30–$40, it’s expensive to use university transit. In addition, should the student who is traveling only need a ride one-way (either to the airport or back), they have to pay the full fee. Unfortunately, if you come back early from a break and need to take a taxi to school, it can cost anywhere from $60 to $125. Some of the cheaper companies are listed in this guide, so you will want to look out for those, or else you’ll have to spend much more.

As far as travel on campus, there is a Bio Bus shuttle from Danieley Center to McMichael Science Building. You can probably find someone that is willing to let you use his or her car for the day, but having your own is always easier. Because the nearby airports are big and pretty busy, it’s not hard at all to find a flight home. Amtrak is also pretty reliable, and many like traveling that way as an alternative to flying.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Car
  • Elon University Bio Bus
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Cab rides to RDU cost about $65, $55 to Greensboro.
  • Find a ride with another student on E-net postings.
  • Take a Moseley Center shuttle for about $40 round trip.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bio Bus Shuttle

To and from Danieley Center (there are no other on-campus shuttles)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Tornado Bus Company

(336) 226-6884

317 E. Davis Street, Burlington

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

(919) 840-2123

Piedmont Triad International Airport-Greensboro

The Greensboro Airport is located about 22 miles and 30 minutes west of the university.

1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro

(336) 665-5600

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Lines

They Greyhound Station is located in Graham, about 10 minutes away. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

314 W. Harden St., Graham

(336) 226-4806

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Burlington Station

The Amtrak Train Station is near downtown Burlington, about 5.6 miles from campus.

110 E. Webb Avenue, Burlington, NC

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 64% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 14% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 44% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 38% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 44 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 43 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 18% Fairly difficult.
  • 48% Fairly easy.
  • 30% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 44 responses

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