Transportation

Location
Winston Salem, NC
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Tuition
$43,200
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3 College Junior

Transportation: There's a shuttle that takes you pretty much anywhere you would want to go. There's zipcars too, and cabs for trips to the airport. There's a campus black tie shuttle service for that too, but it's ridiculously expensive

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It can get pretty pricey for the airport transportation, but the new student council president is working towards making it free.

Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I took the black line once from Crowne Oaks to Wake Forest and it wasn't that bad. Taxis are taxis.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle service here at school, but it runs at weird times, and well as doesn't go everywhere you want it to. If you don't have a car on campus, its difficult to get to the airport, but the cost of having a car on campus is pretty low, but everyone always gets TONS of parking tickets because they hand them out here like candy. Also, parking unless you're a junior or a senior is a serious hassle, with freshman parking being all the way at the football stadium and sophomore being off campus as well.

2 College Junior

Transportation: You really need a car to get around Winston. Not a zip-car, not a public bus, and not a shuttle. You need your own car. However, once you procure a set of wheels, traffic is not too bad. The town is a little tricky to get around due to windy roads and scattered areas (there's a lot of good stuff, but it's not centralized). If you go out regularly though, you'll get the hang of it quickly.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 167th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 474th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1315th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Hometown
Brielle, NJ
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The primary mode of transportation for Wake Forest students is walking. Campus is a small place, and if you live in one of the dorms, 90 percent of your destinations are going to be within a 5–10 minute walk. For those who want to get out and explore Winston-Salem, you only have a few options. The easiest thing to do is to drive (or have a friend drive). The another option is to take the downtown shuttle, which runs Thursday through Saturday, or borrow a car through Wake Forest's Zipcar borrowing service (which works by loaning cars out to students at an hourly rate). Sure, there are buses and cabs, but most students use those as an absolute last resort.

It is not absolutely necessary to have your own car on campus as long as you have friends that have cars. The benefits of not having a car are not having to worry about (or pay for) parking. Plus, many students find that they simply do not use their cars a lot. On the other hand, having a car gives you the flexibility to do what you want, when you want. With the new Zipcar program and shuttles, having a car is not a necessity at Wake Forest.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • Get rides from friends
  • Take a Wake Forest shuttle
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Holiday shuttles are available at Benson University Center for Fall Break, Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Theses shuttles are convenient but pricey at more than $100 round-trip.
  • The easiest (and cheapest) option is to just get a friend to drive you to the airport!
Local Taxi Services
Willard's Cab Company, Yellow Cab, Classic Cab Company
Did You Know?
Don't worry too much about not having a car. Shuttles are provided to all football games, and also run in the evenings on the weekends to a number of downtown hotspots.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Gray Line

Daytime shuttle service between campus and parking lots, evening service within Reynolda Campus

(336) 716-7433

Monday-Friday 7:40 a.m.-10:40 a.m., 11:10 a.m.-7:10 p.m. (Day Schedule)

Daily 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Evening Schedule)

Intercampus Shuttle

Service between Reynolda and Bowman-Gray campuses, 30-minute loops

(336) 716-7433

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

Solar Shuttle

Shuttle from outer edges of campus to campus core, 20-minute loops

(336) 716-7433

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m., 11:20 am.-3:30 p.m.

Gold Line

Free weekday shuttle providing transportation between campus and the Crowne Polo, Crowne Park, and Corners at Crystal Lake apartment complexes.

(336) 716-7433

Monday-Friday 7:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m., 11:20 a.m.-8:50 p.m.

Benson Center Airport Shuttle

Shuttles must be reserved 24 hours in advance. Trips to PTI are $55 one-way or $110 round-trip. Trips to RDU or Charlotte are $150 one-way or $300 round-trip. For more information, visit www.wfu.edu/benson/services/shuttle.php.

(336) 758-5177

Black Line

Free weekday shuttle between WFU and Alaris Village, Deacon Ridge, and Crowne Oaks apartment complexes

(336) 716-7433

Monday-Friday 7:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m., 11:20 a.m.-8:50 p.m.

Downtown Shuttle Service

Evening service between campus and downtown

(336) 716-7433

Thursday-Saturday 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Winston-Salem Transit Authority (WSTA)

Route 5 operates between campus and downtown Winston-Salem.

(336) 727-2000

100 W. 5th St.

www.wstransit.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Piedmont Triad International Airport

The Piedmont Triad International Airport is 26 miles and about a 40-minute drive from campus.

6415 Bryan Blvd., Greensboro

(336) 721-0088

www.flyfrompti.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Winston-Salem Greyhound Bus Terminal

The Greyhound Terminal is in downtown Winston-Salem, approximately three miles from campus.

100 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem

(336) 724-1429

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

High Point Amtrak Station

The Amtrak Station is located in High Point, approximately 12 miles from campus.

100 W. High St., High Point

(336) 884-0878

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 26% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 47% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 21% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 0% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 46% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 35% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 19% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 32 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 32 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 14% Fairly difficult.
  • 70% Fairly easy.
  • 14% Very easy.
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