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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since Ave Maria is practically 45 minutes away from Naples there are no buses. One can call a cab but that is a lot of money and the next best thing is the school vans that can be used if you sign up to use one. They are very reliable but have a time limit.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation is really good at Ave Maria, they have shuttles and taxis. They also provide us transportation if we want to go out of town into Naples.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Ave is about 30 minutes from Naples, so unless you have a car or can borrow one, there are only about 1 or 2 shuttles off campus every week for shopping runs. The buildings are fairly close together, and so for living on-campus only a bike or longboard (a glorified skateboard) is really needed. People are generous though, so you can almost always find someone who is able to take you off campus.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bikes and Golf Carts – Ave Maria is basically in the middle of nowhere, so, if you need to get to a big town, you usually have to own a car, have a friend with a car, or go once a week on the shopping runs. For around campus transportation, we're still pretty small, so bikes or feet are good options--there are also golf carts in frequent use by some faculty/staff members, etc.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Not very good. Ave Maria is very secluded, and the school doesn't provide transportation to the nearest major airport (an hour away), so the 25 percent of students who have cars drive others to the airport. On campus, you can walk everywhere without a problem. We have a Publix on campus, which is good, and a pub, a coffee shop, and a smoothie shop, but otherwise, all signs of civilization (beginning with Target and Walmart) is a half-hour away. The school does provide Target runs once a week for all interested.

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The campus and the town are within walking distance. The longest walk is to  Publix, which takes 15 to 20 minutes, at most. The dorms are all within five minutes of the Academic Building, where most of the classes are held, and the Student Union is about the same distance. Many students also have bicycles, but since everything is so close, it isn't any trouble at all if you just walk everywhere.

When it comes to longer-distance transportation, there are shuttles that go to Naples every week to places like Wal-Mart and Target, and when vacations or long weekends come up, there are also shuttles to the Fort Myers airport. However, if you're interested in going to Naples often, it would probably be better to bring a car. Freshmen aren’t allowed to have cars on campus, but sophomores and upperclassmen are. If you don’t have a car, there are a number of students willing to offer other students a ride. Though the transportation to Naples could be better, it’s definitely good within Ave Maria itself.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The best way to get to the airport is by driving yourself or getting a ride with a friend. The next best way is via the shuttles provided by Ave Maria, which are free. Those, however, are usually only available when there are long weekends or holidays, unless there is some kind of emergency, when special arrangements can be made.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Collier Area Transit

Services the Naples area, but there are currently no stops near campus.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Southwest Florida International Airport

The airport is approximately 35 miles from campus.

11000 Terminal Access Rd., Fort Myers

(239) 590-4800

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The station is approximately 46 miles from campus.

Central Park Bus Terminal, 2669 Davis Blvd., Naples

(239) 774-5660

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 26 responses

  • 23% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 8% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 15% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 50% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 62% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 8% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 15% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 12 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 13 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 13 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 69% Very easy.
  • 31% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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