Transportation

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are many buses that go around town. Many of them are accessible and go around plenty of times during the day.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation options at my school are diverse. Many people, including myself, carpool home.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: campus shuttle very helpful, has extended hours and frequent stops. Parking is very strict so be sure you follow the signs on various lots

4 College Junior

Transportation: Getting around to off campus housing and to parties were very simple with the transportation system and usually free. If not taxis were fairly cheap and you could fit a lot of people in them. Taxi drivers were reasonable as well, they were willing to try to let you squeeze in extra people.

The only downside was that buses to Wal-mart did not run very often, and stopped running at 5pm.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: For me its easy because my brother has a car to take us home, but for other students its harder for them to find rides to the airports.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 10th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 166th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1250th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Virginia Tech has a large campus spread across 2,600 acres. In the middle of campus lies the Drillfield with buildings, dorms, and dining halls surrounding it. To walk from a class on one side of the campus to the other side usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Blacksburg Transit (BT) is the bus system that services Virginia Tech students and the residents of Blacksburg. Students show their student ID (Hokie Passport) in order to ride a bus; the fee is included in tuition. The Hokie Express BT route ferries Tech students around the Drillfield and to other parts of campus. Other BT routes go out to most of the apartment complexes off campus, as well as to the University Mall (location of the Math Emporium) and to the Wal-Mart in Christiansburg. Still, many students get used to walking around campus and downtown Blacksburg, or they choose bikes over riding the bus.

On the weekends, the BT is the most used way to get to parties, but bus service ends around 2 a.m. Students can also get around to parties using designated drivers provided by the fraternities, or by calling a cab. Hooptie Ride is a cab company specially designed for college students. For trips home or to other universities, Virginia Tech has the Home Ride service. This bus is only available for college students and picks riders up on campus in front of the library or Cassell Coliseum. This bus service takes students to Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Tidewater, and Northern Virginia. Students at Tech rave about the BT, since it's usually much easier to take the bus than to try parking on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike - Blacksburg widened roads around town and added bike lanes.
  • Blacksburg Transit - Buses come to stops every eight to fifteen minutes.
  • Vespa/scooter - There is always someplace to park a motorcycle or similar vehicle.
  • Walk - Almost everything in Blacksburg is just 15 minutes away from wherever you are, so walking is often an option.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs between $65 and $70.
  • Blacksburg Taxi (540) 552-6671
  • Roanoke Airport Limousine Service (800) 288-1958
  • The Smart Way Bus (800) 388-7005

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Safe Ride

(540) 231-SAFE

Dusk to dawn everyday

Home Ride of Virginia

Offers service from Virginia Tech to Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, Tidewater, Charlottesville, and Richmond.

Leaves Friday afternoon, returns Sunday

Hokie Express (Blacksburg Transit)

(540) 961-1803

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Blacksburg Transit

Monday-Wednesday 6:30 a.m.-12:45 a.m., Thursday-Friday 6:30 a.m.-2:45 a.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2:45 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-11:15 p.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Roanoke Regional Airport

Roanoke is about a 45-minute drive from Blacksburg. The airport is small, which makes arriving at and departing from the airport very easy.

5202 Aviation Dr. NW

(540) 362-1999

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Home Ride at Virginia Tech

Home Ride is a bus service that only serves college students. Buses leave on Fridays, picking up passengers in front of Newman Library and Cassell Coliseum. The bus stops in Hampton, Richmond, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Vienna.

620 N Main St. Suite 304

(540) 953-2266 or (800) 553-6644

Greyhound Station in Roanoke

The nearest Greyhound station is in Roanoke, Virginia. The Smart Way bus provides transportation to Roanoke for only $3.

RWS of Roanoke Inc., 26 Salem Ave. SW

(540) 343-5436

www.greyhound.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 18% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 81% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 89% 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.
  • 1% 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 111 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 96 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 95 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 95 responses

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

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