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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The train will be your savior, and the blue bus will get you around between the three campuses.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The blue bus takes us between Bryn Mawr and haverford and runs pretty well. The van to Swat, however, is limited. If you miss a van to Swat, you might be waiting for a very long time. SEPTA is also notorious and s****y sometimes, but it gets the job done when it's on time! 25 mins and you're in philly from the bryn mawr train station. Cabs are so expensive and many get angry if you want to pay with a credit card (NOT at all like NYC cabs)

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a train station in town that is at most a 10 min walk from campus (unless you live in Brecon). Nuff' said.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: One of the highlights of BMC is our relationship with Haverford and Swat. There are continuous blue buses shipping students between campuses. This is very convenient and expands the opportunities for parties, activities and especially classes. A SEPTA line is also very close by. A lantern van runs at night after 7pm as a safety measure, taking students to the train station and other parts of campus.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Blue Bus & Train – There are buses that take you to Tri-Co campuses routinely, and the train to the city is right up the street. I have never had an issue getting anywhere I needed or wanted to go. You can also use a Zip Car.


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With the exception of the SEPTA and taxis required to get to Philly, the school provides most student transportation. Public Safety mans a fleet of vans, shuttles, and buses that get students around the farthest points on campus as well as to Haverford and Swarthmore. For the most part, this system works, though the Swat Van runs less frequently and may force you to arrive an hour early for class. Students tend to walk to town, but they may opt for the campus van after grocery shopping or in bad weather. Bryn Mawr also sends busloads of students to King of Prussia every few weeks. The R5 gets students to Philadelphia and back for $8.50 as long as the students return on the last train back to Bryn Mawr, which leaves at 1:19 a.m. on Friday or 12:49 a.m. on Saturday. Once in Philly, most students walk. For destinations not within walking distance of the train or subway stops, students can take a taxi.

Rather than schedule your life around the bus schedules, many students choose to invest in a bike and/or good walking shoes. To get to Philly, you are a faced with a more expensive situation. The train costs almost as much as most students would spend on dinner. As the cheaper alternative, the R100 is a 15-minute walk from campus, but students going out for an evening prefer the R5.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $50.
  • Bennett's Taxi Service - (610) 525-1770
  • SEPTA'5 train to 30th Station, R1 to airport

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

BMC Transportation Services - Blue Bus, BMC Campus Shuttle, Swarthmore Van

(610) 526-7310

Public TransitWhat's This?

SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Philadelphia International Airport

The airport is approximately 23 miles from campus and takes about a half-hour to drive to.

(215) 937-6937

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Take the SEPTA train to Market East.

Center City at 11th and Filbert Street

(800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


From campus, take the SEPTA train to the terminal.

30th Street Station or 30th and Market Street

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 52% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 41% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 0% 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.
  • 7% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 66% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 28% 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 19 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 17 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 17 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 30 responses

  • 57% Very easy.
  • 37% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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