Wilkes-Barre, PA
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have only used it to travel to get my car from the school parking lot and the transportation is definitely sufficient.

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation sucks. The shuttle runs to about four places on campus. You basically need a car if you want to get away from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Parking is bad for off campus students and commuters. Not large enough

3 College Student

Transportation: The bike program helps to get to the Square and back, but there is no way to get to the Mall or other larger stores without a car.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Decent. There is the office to take the bus to take you to different locations around campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 479th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 847th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 932nd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Because Wilkes-Barre isn't a huge city, public transportation isn't the norm in terms of getting from point A to point B. However, if it is needed, it is there. A department store, drug store, convenience stores, and some eateries are within walking distance. Also, Wilkes offers University transportation about once a month to larger shopping areas. (You have to schedule a trip with the University.) For students needing a taxi to get somewhere, there are several cab companies that can be called for a car. Additionally, there is the Luzerne County Transit Authority, which has a daily bus schedule to all points in the county, as well as to neighboring Scranton. The LCTA offers a student discount as well.

If students have one too many, Wilkes also works with a
local cab service to provide a no-questions-asked cab ride from wherever they are. Wilkes's Public Safety Office offers rides to students, as well. If one needs to get home, or go
on a vacation from the Wilkes-Barre area, there is a bus station on Public Square, which can connect students to any point in the country. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport has several major carriers that offer direct and connection flights to various points. For handicapped students, there are also services available through the Luzerne County intermediate unit.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • Foot
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport is $15.
  • A list of area hotels with ground transportation to the airport is available at

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Shuttle bus

Although you will be able to get everywhere on campus on foot, there is a shuttle bus that runs all day to take students to off-campus parking lots and occasionally to shopping destinations.

Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Luzerne County Transportation Authority

LCTA provides bus service in and around the city and to neighboring towns and cities.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport is about 13 miles and 18 minutes driving time from Wilkes University.

100 Terminal Dr., Avoca

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound station is only a few blocks from campus.

46 Public Sq.

(570) 821-3800

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 22% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 33% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 24% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 59% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 12% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 6% 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 17 responses

  • 6% Very difficult.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 24% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 16 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 16 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 16 responses

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