Buffalo, NY
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$16,190 ($5,570)
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2 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus and shuttle schedule is unevenly run. Buses regularly take students from one set of dorms to major points. However, at my set of the dorms which is an equally long distance from certain parts of the academic buildings, buses seldom come on time, and not nearly as often as other buses used for dorms.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Mainly, students need to rely on others that have cars on campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It's really close to the airport, metro, and train. 30 min away for each at the most

2 College Junior

Transportation: the campuses are too far apart

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses run frequently. The taxis aren't that expensive.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 47th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1157th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1275th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christina Reisenauer
Amherst, N.Y.
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Students who needed public transit between campuses used to be at the mercy of the Blue Birds, clattering blue buses held together with duct tape and chalked with graffitied statements like, "Out of Vietnam Now," or "Ronald Reagan: Four More Years!" However, in the past few years, the old Birds have been replaced by a shiny fleet of white buses. UB has also purchased a small army of shuttle vans that travel on different color-coded routes (Red, Orange, Green, Blue) within the campuses. Buffalo's light-rail line terminates at University Station on South Campus. While the little subway is somewhat of an urban joke in Buffalo, it's clean and well-used (if not by students). But UB has finally accepted that a long-rumored light-rail link to North Campus will probably never be built.

Everyone is happy with the inter-campus bus service during the day when buses run about every five minutes. Night and weekend service is less frequent. Buses are usually separated by 20-30-minute intervals. On weekend nights, the inter-campus bus becomes the fabled "drunk bus," which stops running just after 2 a.m. More and more students are using the shuttle vans to get from their apartment complexes or parking spots to the Spine. The subway is actually a popular way to get downtown for an event at Shea's (the major performance theater) or HSBC Arena (home of the Sabres and big concerts). Of course, the most popular way of getting around Buffalo is by car. There's a lot of parking everywhere, and you can get anywhere in the city (including the airport) in 15 to 20 minutes.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike - in the warm months
  • Drive
  • Take campus bus to Metro Bus or Metro Rail
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $20.
  • The airport is close enough that your best bet is to ask a friend to drop you off. But if you don't mind a long bus ride, the NFTA's 30-Kenmore bus runs to the airport about every 90 minutes. It leaves from the lower bus loop at University Station on South Campus (check for schedules). Airport Taxi Service/ITA Shuttle, (800) 551-9369, also takes students to the airport.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

South Campus

South campus is serviced by only the Orange Line, mostly providing transportation from the parking lots.

UB Stampede

On North Campus, buses stop at Flint Loop, South Lake Village, Flint Village, Hadley Village, Flickinger Court, Governors, Lee Loop, and Ellicott. On South Campus, the stops are Goodyear, Main Circle, and Main-Bailey. Buses run approximately every 5-10 minutes during the academic year (and every 30-60 minutes during the summer).

Daily 6:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

Downton Campus Shuttle

This shuttle provides transportation to UB properties in downtown Buffalo

North Campus Shuttles

Service on North Campus is provided by Red, Green, and Yellow Line shuttles that each serve a different area of the campus. Also, a shuttle operates back and forth between Ellicott Complex and North Campus.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA)

(716) 855-7211

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is 7 miles and 15 minutes driving time from North Campus and South Campus.

(716) 630-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

NFTA Terminal

Intercity buses stop at NFTA Terminal in downtown Buffalo, a 20-minute drive from North Campus and a 15-minute drive or subway ride from South Campus. For schedule information, call (800) 229-9424 or visit

181 Ellicott St., Buffalo

(716) 855-7531

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Buffalo-Exchange Street Station

Exchange and Ellicott Streets, Buffalo

Amtrak Buffalo-Depew Station

55 Dick Rd., Depew

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 29% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 67% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 86 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 81% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 8% 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 86 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 21% Fairly difficult.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 26% 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 79 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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