Cincinnati, OH
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cincinnati pretty much requires having a car to get around, but parking in Clifton is very limited/expensive.

College Freshman

Transportation: I have a car because I commute. I have taken a shuttle between campuses and that is free, but that's about it.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I typically walk around campus so transportation is not a big deal for me. It is always there if you need it (like in the winter) but typically walking and biking are just fine.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Parking can be a hassle sometimes, but it's easy to walk wherever you're going.

4 College Student

Transportation: The shuttle is free for around campus and zip cars are cheap


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 72nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1127th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1231st
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Cincinnati, Ohio
Journalism/Spanish minor
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Students who don't have a car don't have to worry about getting around because there are a number of transportation options. And, even better, most public transportation is free for UC students. The Bearcat Transportation System is a great way for students to get around campus, between East and West campuses, or home instead of walking. There are plenty of shuttle stops, and the shuttles generally come every 10 minutes. On a rainy or cold day, it's a nice way of getting to class from your car or dorm without having to walk across campus.

Students also like the Campus Transit System because it allows them to go Downtown or to some of the hot spots in Cincinnati for free. It saves on gas and allows students to travel to and from the bars safely. The shuttles pick up students from locations on and near campus and operate late on weekends, so you can stay out at the bars until closing time and have a safe, free ride home. UC students really enjoy being able to ride the Metro bus for free, especially since the company has raised the bus fare for non-students. Metro can get you anywhere you want to go, so when the University shuttles can't take you there, there's still another option. There are bus stops all around campus, so it's easy to find a place to catch a bus. Schedules are easily accessible in Tangeman University Center at the information desk, and buses are generally on time. The buses aren't the cleanest and tend to get a little crowded in the afternoons, so it may not be the best option, but at least it's free.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bearcat Transportation System
  • Campus Transit System
  • UC*Metro
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Airport Executive Shuttle Service runs one-way or round-trip shuttles to and from Downtown Cincinnati, Covington, Kentucky, and other destinations in the area. Depending on where you catch the shuttle, a one-way trip could cost about $15 (round trip is about $25). Rates vary, so contact the airport for more information and pick-up locations.
  • The best and cheapest way to get to the airport is to drive or be dropped off there, as there are no free shuttles to CVG.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

(513) 556-RIDE
Sunday–Wednesday 8 p.m.–12 a.m., Thursday–Saturday 8 p.m.–2 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Transit System

The transit system stops at various locations on East and West campus and operates during the week year-round, except on holidays.

(513) 556-4424

(513) 556-4147

Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.

Bearcat Transporation System

The Bearcat Transportation System (BTS) takes students around campus and even provides services to Downtown Cincinnati and popular entertainment districts like Newport, Kentucky, and Mount Adams. Hours vary on weekdays and weekends, and BTS does not operate during breaks or on holidays. It is free for UC students, faculty, and staff with a valid UC ID.

(513) 556-4424

(513) 556-4147

Monday–Thursday 6 a.m.–12 a.m., Friday 6 a.m.–3 a.m.,

Saturday–Sunday 7 p.m.–3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


UC students can ride Metro, Cincinnati's public bus service, for free through a partnership between the bus service and the University. Students can travel to any location on one of Metro's routes. This is also popular among students, especially those who need to get to the suburbs to go home. Since the bus is free with UC ID, students are using it more and more to get around town, specifically outside the area right around campus.

(513) 621-4455

(513) 556-4925

602 Main St., Suite 1100

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

The airport is approximately a 20-minute drive from the University.

2939 Terminal Dr.

(859) 767-3151

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Cincinnati Greyhound Station

The station is only about 10 minutes from campus in downtown Cincinnati.

1005 Gilbert Ave.

(513) 352-6012

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Union Station

The Amtrak station is downtown at Cincinnati Union Terminal, approximately 4 miles from Main Campus.

1301 Western Ave.

(513) 651-3337

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 95 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 34% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 12% 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.
  • 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 95 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 19% Fairly difficult.
  • 49% Fairly easy.
  • 32% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 94 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 94 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 93 responses

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