San Marcos, TX
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$16,858 ($7,732)
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College Junior

Transportation: Since this will be my first semester, I cannot comment on the transportation really. There is a lot of construction going on around campus and that makes driving inconvenient, but I have heard the busses are very reliable so that is what I will be using. Plus I can't afford the parking passes!

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Campus shuttle are very uncomfortable.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Everyone has to pay for the buses, which is not totally fair if you will never use it. Although the buses are convenient and arrive on time and very quickly.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I live on campus and have a car so I can't give much input as far as transportation goes but a lot of my friends use the Texas State bus system and they all seem to like it and I believe it doesn't cost anything. You don't need a car here but I don't like staying on campus all the time or relying on other people, so for me, a car is necessary but a lot of people don't have one.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I love the campus buses. They're free (well, part of tuition), and run until fairly late hours to many different locations.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1017th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1267th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Texas State has a great bus system. You pay for it in your tuition, so there is no upfront fee to ride them. San Marcos also has a tram service that runs to campus as well as areas the Texas State bus routes don't include. Certain times during the day, the buses are packed full of students, and other times, there are hardly any students on the buses. Buses run from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 11 p.m. They are pretty punctual as far as getting to the stops on time, which are spaced at about 10 to 45 minutes depending on the day (after 7 p.m., the buses don't run as often). 

There are also buses that take you to Austin and San Antonio. These buses do cost money: $40 for a bus ticket worth five round trips or $6 per ride. A little bit pricey, but, so is gas. The San Antonio bus will even drop you off and pick you up at the Tanger Outlet Mall. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Texas State buses
  • Bike
  • Carpool
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A good way to get to the airport is by car, whether driving yourself or asking for a ride from a friend. You can also take a taxi, but those can get expensive.
Local Taxi Services
Local taxi services include Aloha Taxi,
Lonestar Party Buses, Blackhorn Buses,
and the Chaos Party Bus.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Bobcat Bobbies
(512) 245-7233
Daily from dusk to dawn during the fall and spring semesters

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bobcat Tram

For more information, e-mail

(512) 754-8993

Public TransitWhat's This?

Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS)

CARTS includes the following counties: Bastrop, Burnet, Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, and Lee, and non-urbanized areas of Travis and Williamson.

(800) 456-7433

(512) 478-7433

(512) 481-1011 (administrative)

2010 E. 6th St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Marcos Municipal Airport

This airport is just three miles from downtown San Marcos.

1807 Airport Dr., Suite 200

(512) 216-6039

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Austin is 30 minutes away from San Marcos.

10000 Logistics Lane, Austin

(512) 530-5300

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is only two minutes from campus.

338 S. Guadalupe St.

(512) 392-4649

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is located in the same station as the Greyhound terminal.

338 S. Guadalupe St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 157 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 3% 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.
  • 30% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 62% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 156 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 88% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 3% 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 156 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 29% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 151 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 151 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 150 responses

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


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