Amherst, MA
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
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3 College Junior

Transportation: Get a friend to drive, not a taxi

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses are good for leaving campus. I can walk from Orchard Hill to the Rec center in 15-20 minutes, where the bus would take a half hour. I live in Springfield so my parents usually come pick me up.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is prime.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is incredible here. During the hours of the day, buses come to each stop about every 15 minutes and they go from anywhere on campus to popular places in surrounding towns for free if you have a Campus ID.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The PVTA has been a pretty reliable bus system, with buses going pretty much anywhere you need to go. They're sometimes late, though, and get super crowded on the weekends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 39th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 123rd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1247th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
New York City
Grad Year
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The public transportation systems at UMass and in Amherst balance out the substandard parking situation. On campus, the bus stops are strategically located near classroom buildings, dining halls, dormitories, and libraries and are frequented by a bus about every five to ten minutes. UMass shuttles go everywhere on campus and are accommodating to physically disabled students. It's a little difficult to get information from the UMass Transit hotline, but schedules are posted online and at every bus stop, and each bus has its destination posted on the front and back. Taxis are an option if you need to get somewhere in the immediate area, but they are pricey compared to the free and reliable UMass Transit and PVTA. If you don't bring your own car to UMass, don't worry. Since so many students bring a vehicle to school, the chances of being able to catch a ride with someone or borrow a friend's car are pretty high. Ride-sharing is the most convenient form of long-distance transportation, or if you don't have a car and can't find a ride with anyone else, it is easy to get a ticket for the Peter Pan bus. For extra-long distances, the Bradley International Airport is 45 minutes away in Windsor Locks, Conn. Many students claim they use a sober driver on nights out. The University has discussed implementing their own sober driver, but nothing has been fully established yet.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • PVTA
  • UMass Transit
  • Walk
  • Your friend's car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab ride to the airport costs too much, so bum a ride or borrow a friend's car.
Local Taxi Services
Taxis are convenient for quick trips but are pricey (especially because UMass Transit and PVTA are free for students).

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Walking Escort Service
(413) 545-2123
Daily 7 p.m.–3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

UMass Transit

There are two routes that run daily throughout the UMass campus. Other routes run between the five colleges. Students can ride for free with a school ID.

(413) 545-0056

Daily 7 a.m.–2:30 a.m. (specific routes vary)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

Students can pick up bus schedules from the Campus Center Information Desk.

(413) 781-7882

2808 Main St., Springfield

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Bradley International Airport

BDL is about 45 miles south of campus.

Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks, CT

(860) 292-2000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan Bus Lines

This bus stops at UMass Campus Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Campus Center Office. Buses stop in front of the Fine Arts Center at Haigis Mall.

79 S. Pleasant St.

(413) 549-6000

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Springfield

The Springfield station offers more routes and is approximately 19 miles from campus.

66 Lyman St., Springfield

(413) 785-4230

Amtrak – Amherst

Amtrak offers limited service to this station, which is only about a mile from campus.

13 Railroad St., Amherst

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 120 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 4% 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.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 85% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 2% 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 120 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 48% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 112 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 111 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 111 responses

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