Transportation

Location
Charlottesville, VA
Undergrads
14,928
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are area buses every 15minutes and there are usually campus shuttles running all day long with multiple stops.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The Charlottesville Transportation system (CAT) makes a big difference in how someone gets around. The university also has its own bus system which works hand in hand with the CAT. Students get free rides on both systems provided they can show their student IDs.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: busses are pretty good about taking you where you need to go, if not, you will always have a friend who has a car, and if not that, then there are a lot of friendly taxi drivers who don't charge that much!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus buses are nothing special, but they'll get you where you need to go. Very crowded at certain times since everyone lives off grounds.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Driving is the easiest option. A train station nearby makes it accessible, but no major airport within a couple hours.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 984th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1261st
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Haley Bryant
Hometown
London, UK
Major
Media Studies
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Most students find public transportation around Charlottesville to be pretty reliable but a bit of a hassle. Once you get the different routes, times, and fares down, the Charlottesville bus system can be easy and convenient—especially if you don’t have a car. Buses will take you wherever you need to go as long as you’re prepared to wait a bit and deal with some strange people along the way. Around campus, the UVA shuttles are great. They run pretty frequently and are free for students. The University Transit System recently implemented a scheme that allows students to call a toll free number to see when the next bus will be servicing a given stop.

Although it’s easy to walk almost anywhere on campus, Charlottesville itself is not always a walking town. Getting to a grocery store is one of the most inconvenient things for students, and this is when it’s best to use your own car or mooch a ride from friends. After your first year, having a car in Charlottesville will seem very liberating, although between the bus and shuttle system and the downtown trolley, it’s really not essential. If you have to rely on public transit, learn the schedules and transfer system as well as you can. It will save you time and money and make life without a car a whole lot easier.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The buses are convenient, for the most part, but sometimes it is a pain to wait.
  • It's virtually impossible just to hail a taxi cab, unless you're at the airport or train station. Usually, you must call ahead for one.
  • Perhaps the best way to get around town is to drive-either have a car, or use a friend for theirs.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $30.
  • Follow Route 29 North approximately 8 miles past Forest Lakes Subdivision and shopping center on right. At next intersection turn left onto Route 649 and follow Route 649 to a four-way stop at intersection of State Routes 649 (Airport Road), 606 (Dickinson Road), and Bowen Loop Road. Proceed straight through this intersection onto Bowen Loop Road, and follow to air carrier terminal complex.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Taxi Cabs

There is a special arrangement that if a student is out at night and too intoxicated to drive home, he/she can take a cab for free and charge it to UVA.

Safe Ride

A van escort service that runs after 12 a.m. that guarantees students a safe ride home, be it from the library or a frat party at 3 a.m. You must call ahead from wherever you are, and they come to your door. There is normally a bit of a wait for this service.

UVA buses

There are UVA buses that run all over grounds for free. They come to each bus stop every 10 minutes during the weekdays and every 20 minutes over the weekends and at night. Check the Web site: www.virginia.edu/parking for a list of UVA bus schedules.

Public TransitWhat's This?

City buses

Also, there is a free trolley that runs from the UVA bus stops to the Downtown Mall every 15 minutes.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport

The airport is about 20-30 minutes from Grounds. It offers 60 daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. Because it is such a small airport, the airfare tends to be a bit pricey.

(434) 973-8342

www.gocho.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The Greyhound bus station is located on Main Street on the right before the Downtown Mall (10-15 minutes from grounds, depending on traffic).

(800) 229-9424

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

The Amtrak train station is located off of Main Street on the right as you drive toward the Downtown Mall (10 minutes from grounds, depending on traffic).

(800) USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 79 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 66% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% 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.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% 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 78 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 69% Fairly easy.
  • 26% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 70 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 70 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 69 responses

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