Normal, IL
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$20,016 ($12,726)
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3 College Junior

Transportation: I usually just walk around to any place I need to go.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus is super convenient and free for students but many places are within walking distance!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The method of transportation is great with an amtrak station only minutes away

3 College Student

Transportation: The location of the bus station is very convenient, especially since it is only a couple blocks away from my dorm. It is very confusing how there several different buses to get to different places, but it is also a good thing knowing I can go almost anywhere around town by bus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a train station about a block from where I live and the bus it right outside my door.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 77th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 541st
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1271st
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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There are enough forms of transportation in Bloomington-Normal that there is no need for a student to have a car on ISU's campus, other than for pure convenience. The Redbird Express Shuttle is perfect for on-campus traveling and runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. This shuttle has two routes that provide transportation around campus: the first is from Tri-Towers to East Campus, and the second is from Atkin/Colby to East Campus.

Another good form of transportation is the Bloomington-Normal Public Transportation System (BNPTS), which stops at Watterson and will take students practically anywhere in town, with routes organized by colors and letters. The BNPTS can be confusing for new users, but the drivers are helpful and will answer any questions. The BNPTS is free with a student ID, but costs $1 for all other patrons. Most students enjoying walking or riding their bikes around campus when the weather permits. There are also taxi services, but these are more reserved for the weekend when traveling downtown.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System
  • Redbird Express Campus Shuttle
  • Ride a bike
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab ride to the airport typically costs $11.
Local Taxi Services
Contact Checker Cab of Bloomington, Inc. at (309) 828-0123, or go to

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Redbird Safe Walk
(309) 438-8631
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Redbird Express Campus Shuttle

This service is free to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors of ISU. It runs on regularly scheduled class days during the fall and spring semesters.

(309) 438-7433 (voice)

(309) 438-8080 (TTD)

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.


NiteRide will only operate between certain streets.

(309) 438-7433 (voice)

(309) 438-8080 (TTD)

Daily 7 p.m.-1 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters

Late NiteRide

This shuttle provides free transportation to downtown Normal and Bloomington. A valid ISU ID is required to ride.

(309) 438-RIDE

(309) 828-9833

Thursday 8:55 p.m.-12:55 a.m., Friday-Saturday 8:55 p.m.-2:25 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System (BNPTS)

(309) 828-9833

(309) 828-7511 (TDD)

(309) 828-9331 (administration)

351 Wylie Dr., Normal

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Central Illinois Regional Airport (Bloomington-Normal Airport)

The airport is five miles and approximately 12 minutes (driving time) from ISU.

3201 CIRA Dr., Bloomington

(309) 663-7383

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound buses pick up and drop off students at the Bone Student Center.

525 Brock Dr., Bloomington

(309) 827-5599

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak station is located in downtown Normal, two miles from campus.

100 E. Parkinson St., Normal

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 80% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% 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 82 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 11% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 28% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 60% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 78 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 77 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 55% Fairly easy.
  • 40% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 78 responses

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