Transportation

Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Transportation: There are 4 free buses routs that circle PSU during the day. The buses come every 10 minutes so you're never waiting long.

There are also 3 bus companies to travel home on, all with reasonable prices.

PSU even has an airport located close by. While the flights are expensive, they are available.

3 College Junior

Transportation: It's there but sometimes hard to get to or a little pricey if you don't have someone to ride with

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There is always a way to get somewhere around campus. The bus system is great.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: sometimes need to wait for bus in out of way places on campus...i.e., radio station

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I mostly drove to and from school by car either from my parents or from my friends parents. It's a pretty long drive, but it's not too bad.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 9th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1317th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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Getting around campus is very easy. It might not always be timely and convenient, but the transportation system is certainly easy. CATA runs four free busses on campus, which helps students get to their classes and downtown. They run on a nice schedule but frequently get backed up when bad weather strikes or during peak class hours. For $1.25, you can take the bus to the mall and other shopping centers in the area. CATA runs special busses and shuttles to Beaver Stadium during football weekends and to Tussey Mountain in the winter for ski trips.

Getting in and out of town is not quite as easy. The nearest Amtrak station is about an hour away in Altoona. The Greyhound gets you to your destination if you are patient. Stops and layovers turn a normally three-hour drive to Pittsburgh into a five-hour drive. The University Park airport is conveniently located, but flights are pretty expensive. The lack of transportation around State College makes planning spring break and weekend getaways a little difficult.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • CATA Buses
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
CATA runs a bus to the University Park airport, but the schedule is sparse. If you are on a tight schedule, the taxi is your best bet.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The White Loop

Serves campus and Beaver Avenue

The Blue Loop

Serves campus, College Avenue, and areas east of University Drive

The Red Link

Serves campus and Innovation Park

The Green Link

Serves campus and areas west of Burrowes Street

Public TransitWhat's This?

CATA buses

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

University Park Airport

The University Park airport is quite tiny, but convenient. It is located about 4 miles from campus.

2535 Fox Hill Rd.

(814) 865-5511

Bellefonte Airport

If you know how to fly (or have friends who do), there is also an airport in Bellefonte (about 8 miles away) for personal airplanes.

612 Buffalo Run Rd., Bellefonte

(814) 355-7407

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Lines

There is a bus station right on campus which offers really cheap, easy, and frequent trips to nearby cities, such as Philly, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, DC, and NYC. Stop in for a full schedule to keep in your dorm room, if ever you need to leave State College in a hurry.

152 N. Atherton St.

(814) 238-7971

Fullington Trailways

There is a bus station right on campus which offers really cheap, easy, and frequent trips to nearby cities, such as Philly, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, DC, and NYC. Stop in for a full schedule to keep in your dorm room, if ever you need to leave State College in a hurry.

152 N. Atherton St.

(814) 238-1100

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 228 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 18% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 76% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 228 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 18% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 75% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% 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.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 208 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 209 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 208 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 228 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 36% Fairly easy.
  • 61% Very easy.

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