Middletown, CT
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2 College Senior

Transportation: If you care about travel and don't have a care, don't go to Wesleyan.

3 College Student

Transportation: People get where they need to go. It's not all to difficult to do so.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Wesleyan provides a shuttle, The Ride, for the entire campus. There are several vans to pick you up even at late hours of the night. It's pretty convenient, and public transportation is never really needed or used. Taxis are easy to get, just somewhat expensive, but on the holidays and breaks, Wesleyan offers bus rides and shuttles to the airport and major surrounding cities.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is little public transportation around Middletown. And to get out to go to the train station or airport the university has shuttles. The shuttles don't run at very convient times or very frequently so its kind of frustrating.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: You can usually get where you need to go nearby using the shuttles and the bus system provided both by CTtransit (local bus/shuttle company) or the campus shuttle, which goes to New Haven on weekends. Long distance travel is a little inconvenient, because most busses, trains, and flights leave out of New Haven or Hartford, but it's certainly a viable option even just for a weekend trip. The campus Ride takes you around campus or downtown between 7pm and 4am. If there's somewhere you can't get to by public transportation, there is a taxi company, but it's much more expensive. Cars aren't really necessary because of public transportation (and the fact that students don't really leave campus all that much).


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 647th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 685th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1005th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anya Morgan
Los Angeles
English and French
Grad Year
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Transportation to, from, and around Wesleyan isn't fantastic, but it could be worse. The nearest airport is about 30 to 40 minutes away, so most students split a taxi ($60), take the Wesleyan shuttle when available ($15), or have a friend drive them (free to $20, depending on how nice your friend is). Note: If you have a car, you will be asked to drive people to the airport and the two train stations multiple times throughout the year, so it's better to make friends with someone who has a car rather than having one yourself. There are also public buses that run to grocery stores and other such nearby places, but they are not as frequently used.

On campus, Wesleyan has a great system called "The Ride" that cruises around picking up students and dropping them off where they need to go. While you can't summon it to come get you, it's free, and they don't judge you on your state of inebriation or laziness. Other than that, the campus is very walkable, and Main Street (restaurants, Rite Aid, and a theater) is easily within walking distance.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • On Friday and Sunday afternoons, Wesleyan runs a shuttle to New Haven for about $15.
  • Middletown Area Transportation (MAT)
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Bradley International Airport is about 40 minutes away. A cab to the airport costs about $60, but split between a few other people, it's not that bad.
  • The best way to get to the airport (and Boston or New York) is to use something called the Rideboard (, where Wes students post where they're going and how many seats they have, and if you chip in gas money and offer to bring cookies, you can ride with them.
Local Taxi Services
A local taxi company is D&I Taxi, which serves the greater Hartford area.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The Ride

The Ride consists of two shuttle lines that drive around campus in the evenings and at night. It's good when it's cold or you're too drunk to walk home from a party; otherwise, everything on campus is no more than about 15 minutes away.

(860) 685-3823

Daily 7 p.m.-4 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Middletown Area Transportation (MAT)

MAT offers buses that travel to any point in the city.

(860) 346-0212

(860) 347-7657

(860) 346-9233 TTD

340 Main St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Bradley International Airport

BDL is about 40 minutes away from campus.

11 Schoephoester Rd., Windsor Locks

(860) 292-2000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This Greyhound station in New Britain is about 20 minutes from campus.

64 W. Main St., New Britain

(860) 229-2074

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Amtrak trains arrive and depart from the Meriden train station seven miles from campus.

60 State St., Meriden

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% Nonexistent.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 41% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 22% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 19% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 32% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 36% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 14% 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 28 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 43% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 24 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 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 25 responses

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