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4 College Junior

Transportation: Provo is a college town so there are plenty of nice places to go to within walking/biking distance. The farthest dorms are in Wyview Park and it is about a 20-25 minute walk (if you use the shortcut). The city bus is good and everyone knows a friend who has a cat that they can ask for a ride.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's always better to have your own car.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: They offer bus and train passes for those that do live far from campus but within the metro area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The only time I ever needed a car was to go grocery shopping. And even that I could do on campus if I didn't mind paying a little extra at The Creamery. It depends on your apartment location, but at every place I lived everything else is in walking distance.

3 College Junior

Transportation: There is plenty of student housing close by so transportation isn't an issue. But if you happened to live far away it would be.


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Utah Transit Authority buses run all over Provo and have a couple of stops along BYU's campus; they're also an effective way to get to Salt Lake. Most big apartment complexes have a bus stop right in front of them, and the buses run fairly regularly. While this is not a perfect solution to the lack of parking at BYU, it does help.

As for getting around in the city, it is possible to survive without a car, though not enjoyable. Provo is fairly spread out, and not everything is accessible by bus. There is no metro or train system to augment the bus system. Salt Lake is a bit better with the TRAX system, but Utah still has much to learn about efficient public transportation. To check out options, see the Utah Transit Authority Web site at

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus system
  • Carpooling
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $85
  • Drive
  • Shuttles (see airport Web site under "Ground Transportation")
  • UTA bus system

Public TransitWhat's This?

Bus - pick up schedules at the Wilk information desk. UTA Public Bus lines

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Salt Lake City Airport

little over 50 miles from BYU, and it will take you about an hour to get there by car. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there, as freeway construction is common, especially around the interchanges needed to get to the airport. The Salt Lake International Airport Web site:

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Utah Transit Authority

(801) 287-4636


(800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Salt Lake City

340 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

(800) USA-RAIL

Amtrak Provo

The Provo station doesn't have any staff, but it does offer free parking.

6th South and 3rd West, Provo

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 449 responses

  • 20% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 37% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 12% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 29% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 449 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 75% 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.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 189 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 189 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 189 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 449 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 71% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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