Transportation

Location
Wellesley, MA
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Tuition
$39,420
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is the campus shuttle that takes you to Cambridge or the nearby mall/movie theater. It's $6 roundtrip to Cambridge and only $3 to the mall/movie theater. We also have a shuttle to Olin/Babson, two schools we have an exchange program with. The public transportation is just a pain, because you'd have to walk half a mile to the nearest stop. It's also pretty expensive. Taxi's usually take 30 minutes to come. We do have a nice system of zip cars. It's 7.99 per hour and pretty reliable.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation is alright. We have a shuttle that takes us to the city and our partnering universities. It usually takes an hour out to the city and an hour back, so the ride is a little taxing. The public transportation is almost non existent. There is a commuter rail, but I have no clue how it works yet. Taxis, you have to call ahead of time, there's rarely any that are driving around. Zip cars are on campus and easily accessible to all students because one of the co-founders of zip car is a Wellesley alum.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The cost is pretty high and the way to go out to the city is not that easy (hourly buses though, but I've lived in a big city all my life, so I'm not really used to this) You can take the commuter rail. Often times, if you post on a facebook group, you can get a ride.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are campus shuttles that run to Babson and Olin on a regular basis during weekdays. There is also a bus service that runs on the hour between Wellesley and several stops in Boston. During weekdays, this service is free and, on weekends, the charge is bus token ($3) per way. The campus also supplies zip cars, bike shares and vans to those who put in a request for them. I see little need in keeping a car on campus, although admittedly one might be nice if you need many items from the grocery store or if you're trying to reach an area outside of Wellesley/Boston Public transportation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Convenient bus services are provided, but you have to pay.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 219th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 695th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1010th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Transportation is frustrating because, while it's easy to get to Boston, you need a car to get to the grocery store. Some students feel trapped in the Wellesley bubble, though there are several buses that service the campus. The Exchange and Senate buses transport students to MIT and Harvard, but most students say they can be unreliable. The Commuter Rail and the T in Boston are more reliable but also cost more. The Escort Van runs in the evenings to transport students around on campus.

While transportation within Wellesley is often unreliable and hard to come by, it is much easier to access from Boston, and the city provides an airport, cabs, and various other methods of transportation. Having a car makes things much easier when it comes to traveling around Wellesley or other cities besides Boston, but dealing with traffic and the on-campus parking issues can be a hassle, too.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Drive, though be prepared for Boston traffic!
  • Exchange or Senate Bus
  • The T or the public bus
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $50.
  • AirPorter, around $33 between campus and Logan - (877) 899-6161
  • Logan Express Bus, around $11 between Framingham and Logan - (800) 23-LOGAN
Local Taxi Services
JFK Taxi, Natick Cab

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Police Escort
(781) 283-2121
After dark

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Senate Bus - Wellesley to Harvard and MIT

$2 each way: www.wellesley.edu/Transportation/senatesched.html

Friday 6 p.m.-3:45 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3:45 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.

Exchange Bus - Wellesley to MIT

http://www.wellesley.edu/Transportation/exchangesched.html

Daily 7 a.m.-12:40 a.m.

Escort Van

At any time, you can call Campus Police for an on-campus lift.

(781) 283-2121

Daily 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

T (Subway)

Newton to Boston Station, 15-minute drive from campus, $1.50 one way

(800) 392-6100

Commuter Rail

Wellesley to Boston Station, 10-minute walk from campus, $3.75 one way

(800) 392-6100

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound South Station

Station is accessible by Commuter Rail or T Red Line (which connects with Wellesley Senate/Exchange Bus at Harvard Square).

Atlantic Avenue and Sumner Street, Boston

(800) 231-2222

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak South Station

Station is accessible by Commuter Rail or T Red Line (which connects with Wellesley Senate/Exchange Bus at Harvard Square).

Atlantic Avenue and Sumner Street, Boston

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 45% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 48% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 78% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 19% 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 32 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 38% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 23 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 23 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 22 responses

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