Harrisonburg, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,932 ($4,642)
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: So easy to get places, just a little harder on weekend nights

4 College Freshman

Transportation: For local transportation, we have a steady bus system that offers paper bus schedules and a bus app in the Apple and Android Play store. The schedules are extremely accurate and the bus drivers are very nice. These buses don't cost anything and will generally take students to all places associated with JMU (around campus, local shopping centers, apartment complexes, etc.). For long distance transportation, JMU is not really near many stations. They offer a weekend bus that leaves on Friday afternoons and come back Sunday nights for $70 round trip. They also offer ZipCar, which is a car rental service and ZimRides, where students with cars that are going home offer to take people home who live in the same general area.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: For the most part, it is relatively easy to find a bus that is coming somewhere near you and going to where you need to go. There is a bus app available that gives bus times and locations for any given day so students can find rides to classes as well as to and from campus. The buses also have routes that go to Wal Mart and other shopping locations when needed. Parking passes are available for all non-freshman if students want to have a car parked on campus during the day. Overall, finding transportation is rarely an issue.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses run all the time and are usually on time, run to downtown and wall mart and most apartment complexes

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The ride shares home where you can post and find a carpool is fantastic and much cheaper usually than trains or buses! Plus you can then travel with company!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 69th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 662nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1189th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sandra Jolles
Great Falls Virginia
Media Arts and Design
Grad Year
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If you enjoy a leisurely walk, the JMU campus spans at least 20 minutes of healthy walking time, and this doesn’t even include the off-the-map Memorial Hall. Of course, if you're in a rush to make it to class, buses run every 10 minutes on more than 40 different routes. Public transportation is popular, and considering the hilly terrain of JMU, you might want to avoid biking to classes daily unless you are prepared to come with speckles of sweat. Vill Hill, one of the notoriously difficult hills on campus, can be a drudge every day, but walking with a friend back from class can make you forget the rigorous exercise.

Busses tend to be the most cramped on weekend nights, specifically from about 11  p.m. to 1 a.m., and on rainy afternoons. When Friday night rolls around, the once seemingly tame shuttle bus morphs into the "drunk bus," ushering hundreds of intoxicated students from party to party. The drunk bus significantly slashes the number of typical drunk-driving incidents and offers a rather entertaining weekend experience with the jolly bus drivers and the partygoers. This mode of transportation can offer hundreds of weekend stories, from the drunk girl screaming in your ear to the drunk boy singing to Journey.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike or a moped
  • Hoof it
  • Snag a Harrisonburg Transit bus (free for students and faculty)
  • Take your own rig, if you are so fortunate
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $40 one way.
  • A Goff Buscom: (540) 434-0900
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Shuttle ( leaves the JMU Visitor Center on campus approximately once every hour.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

JMU Police Department
(540) 568-6913
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Inner Campus Shuttle (ICS)

(540) 209-9068

Monday–Friday 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m

Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Harrisonburg Department of Public Transit

Several local bus routes stop on or near campus. Buses run Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. They are free for JMU students.

(540) 432-0492

475 E. Washington St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

Shenandoah Airport is the closest airport, located about 15 miles south of campus in Weyers Cave.

77 Aviation Circle, Weyers Cave

(540) 234-8304

Dulles International Airport

Dulles is about 120 miles northeast of campus. Many students prefer to fly in and out of this airport even though it is farther away.

1 Saarinen Circle, Dulles

(703) 572-27000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Home Ride of Virginia

This bus provides students from JMU and other schools in Virginia rides to certain areas around the state.

620 N. Main St., Blacksburg

(540) 953-2266

Greyhound – Charlottesville

The nearest Greyhound station is located in Charlottesville, about 35 miles southeast of campus.

310 W. Main St., Charlottesville

(434) 295-5131

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Staunton

The closest Amtrak is approximately 25 miles southwest of Harrisonburg.

1 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% 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.
  • 70% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 79 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 86% 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.
  • 3% 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 79 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 32% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 79 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

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

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