Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Mason shuttle is pretty reliable.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As far as getting around town, it's not bad at all. Of course many students are impatient when it comes to the FREE bus service but in my opinion you can't beat that, it's free, so don't complain. Getting back home from campus is not hard either, many of my friends take passengers buses from campus to Virginia Beach and as far as New York!

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: It's really hard o get around. It takes forever for buses to get you anywhere.

4 College Student

Transportation: Transportation on GMU campus is great. The shuttles take you within walking distance of almost anywhere you need to go, as well as taking you to the DC metro. Also, before major breaks, GMU also offers long distance buses to major cities like New York City, Richmond, Hampton, etc. All of the transportation provided by GMU is free, including the city buses.

3 College Student

Transportation: I have a car on campus, so I am not really sure.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 978th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1149th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Harrisonburg, Va.
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Name a popular place in Fairfax, and chances are one of the Mason shuttles takes students to that location for free. Whether students are looking to go to popular shopping spots like Fair Oaks Mall or Fair Lakes Center or the Metro, Mason offers convenient and free service to each via different shuttles. The Mason to Metro is a shuttle that takes students directly to and from the Metro every half hour. The Mason to Metro picks students up from five different on-campus locations and drops them right at the Vienna Metro stop. Another popular new option for freshmen and other students without cars is Gunston's Go-Bus, which leaves from campus every hour and shuttles students for free to the mall, Old Town Fairfax, and a few other shopping destinations.

With all the free transportation options, students don't need to pay for cabs. There is also a shuttle that takes students anywhere they need to go on campus, and the Fairfax CUE Bus, which also has a stop on campus, can also take students to the Metro and several stops throughout the City of Fairfax.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • CUE Bus
  • Mason to Metro Shuttle
  • Gunston's Go-Bus
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Another option is grab a taxi. It may be faster, but definitely more expensive than using public transportation. Look around for a good taxi company, some give fairly reasonable prices to get students to the airport fast, usually around $30-$40.
  • The best way to get to both Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport is to use the Metro, which is easily accessible via the Mason to Metro Shuttle. To get to Dulles, you only need to ride a few stops down the Orange line train to West Falls Church and get on a Washington Flyer bus, which will take you directly to Dulles. To purchase a ticket for the Washington Flyer bus, which is $10 for a one-way ticket, visit To get to Reagan, students can take the Metro to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stop, and simply grab a shuttle to the terminals.
Local Taxi Services
There's no shortage of cabs in Fairfax, and they can take students pretty much wherever they want to go, but can be a little pricey. Fairfax Yellow Cab is a good bet for students, since it serves in all areas of Fairfax County, so it can take students to the mall, or local Fairfax attractions. Unless students are going to or from the bar, or need immediate service, however, Mason offers more than enough free public transportation options so students don't need to take a cab to get where they're going.
Did You Know?
Even though Mason is only about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., getting there using free transportation can take up to an hour and a half depending on where students plan to go. Students should allow 20-30 minutes to get to the Metro via the Mason to Metro shuttle, and anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get to their destination in the city.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Police Escort Services
(703) 993-2800
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Gunston's Go-Bus

Sunday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

(703) 993-2828

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit (Metro)

(202) 637-7000

600 5th St. NW, Washington, D.C.


(703) 385-7859

10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Reagan National Airport

Washington, D.C.

(703) 417-8000

Dulles International Airport

Washington, D.C.

(703) 572-2700

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Lines

6770 Frontier Dr., Springfield, VA

(703) 971-7598

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Virginia Railway Express Station

10399 Premier Court, Burke, VA

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 128 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 59% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 127 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 69% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 5% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 127 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 30% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 127 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 126 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 126 responses

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