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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have only utilized the bus to boston a few times for a fee of $20.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Anyone can have a car at Bates, although it's unusual to see a freshman or sophomore with their own car. Shuttles run every weekend for free to Freeport and Portland, which is great, and every so often there's a shuttle to Boston for a small (literally $20) fee. Bates isn't in the heart of Lewiston, so it's hard to walk anywhere besides CVS. You do need a car if you want to go to Auburn, which is like a 5 minute drive away, which has more mainstream stuff, like Starbucks, Walmart, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school provides weekend shuttles to nearby malls or shopping areas, to Freeport which has a lot of nicer stores like the L. L. Bean outlet and others, or to Portland. During the week those without cars rely on friends that have them to make walmart runs, or to go to local restaurants. There's a local bus but I've never heard of students using it. In nice weather a lot of students will bike into downtown Lewiston.


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Lewiston doesn’t have much in the way of public transportation. There is a bus, although very, very few Bates students ever use it, and many have never even heard of it. Taxis are available, but, again, not many students use them. Even first years will have a few friends with cars, and students either drive themselves or they beg for rides. There is a school-run shuttle on the weekends, which goes to points of interest in the Lewiston and Auburn areas, and it even sells discount tickets to the Flagship Cinema in Lewiston. However, this is often a last resort for students because it’s inconvenient to plan your trip around the shuttle’s one-hour-apart arrivals and departures, and the shuttles don’t always run as late as some movies do. Craftier students send one or two people ahead on the shuttle to buy cheap movie tickets and then bring a car so that they can all ride home together after the movie gets out. Batesies are economical geniuses.

Probably the most frequently used forms of transportation for Batesies are walking or riding a bike. Even Wal-Mart is within walking distance if you’re really determined, though walking back laden with all your purchases can be strenous. Many spots in Lewiston are within a 10- to 15-minute walk from campus. Around half of the Bates student body owns a bike. The College also organizes trips to a number of cities in New England, as well as to events like the Common Ground Fair. It’s best to have a car on campus because it can be inconvenient to rely on your friends or the school for transportation, but if you don’t have a car, you can still get around. Public transportation in Lewiston isn’t very reliable (or available for that matter), but Bates has made an effort to compensate, and generally, students’ transportation needs are met—even if it means an hour wait in the cold.

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Mermaid Transportation provides shuttle services between the Bates campus and Portland, Manchester and Logan Airports. If you schedule well ahead of time, the price is cheaper. (800) 696-2463 To/from Portland, One Way: $48 To/from Logan or Manchester, One Way: $64

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Security van

The Bates campus is so small that no SafeRides is necessary in the daytime hours, but at night, the school offers a shuttle which transports students to different points on campus

(207) 786-6999

After Dark

Public TransitWhat's This?

Bates Shuttle Service

Bates College sponsors a shuttle service that runs on weekends to areas with movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores, and malls. The School also runs weekly bus trips to Portland, Boston, regional ski areas, Freeport, and other locations. These trips often fill up quickly, so it's a good idea to register as soon as possible. The Bates Shuttle Service is available in the daytime; students call in the morning and arrange for a ride into the city for doctor appointments or jobs.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Portland International Jetport

The Portland International Jetport is about 35 miles and roughly 50 minutes driving time from Bates.

The Manchester Airport, NH

The Manchester Airport is 130 miles and about 2.5 hours driving time from Bates.

Logan Airport

Logan Airport is 140 miles and approximately 2.5 hours driving time from Bates.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Vermont Transit

Schedules and tickets are available at the bookstore in Chase Hall.

(800) 451-3293 or (207) 782-0311


(800) 229-9424

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Downeaster

Daily service from Portland to Southern Maine and the North Station in Boston.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 18% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 41% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 32% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 41% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 14% 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 11 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 11 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 11 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 22 responses

  • 9% Very easy.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 41% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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