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3 College Senior

Transportation: Campus-provided transportation is very convenient and on-time. However, buses in Pittsburgh under Port Authority are rather unreliable sometimes. Transportation is covered under tuition with your ID. There are buses to the airport, which is nice, but the ride takes longer than my actual plane ride. For long distance transportation, there are Megabuses and Greyhound buses downtown.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: school ID's are bus cards, but the city buses are always pretty late.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: For CMU students, it's free to take the bus:) Although the bus is never on time, it's still convenient.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus drivers could be friendlier.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Bus is included and therefore feels free and is great.

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The most popular method of transportation at CMU is definitely public transportation. The Port Authority has a lot of bus routes that pass campus every five or 10 minutes, so it's not hard to find a bus, although students often complain that the right bus always seems to elude them when they're looking for it. The buses span all of the major neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, and the Port Authority also operates the T, which is basically like a metro system. Most students only use this if they need to get out into the neighborhoods like South Hills, Mount Lebanon, and Bethel Park—they all surround the central areas of Pittsburgh. 

Students who live off campus frequently use bikes to get to their classes, as there are plenty of places to stow a bike near the academic and recreational buildings. If you choose to bring a bike, you also have to invest in a really secure bike lock because thefts are not uncommon. A fair amount of students have cars, but they have to pay exorbitant fees for permits (although these students usually can afford it). At the end of the day, most CMU students simply rely on their own two feet to get them places, because most areas of interest are within a reasonable walking distance.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • Walking
  • A friend's car
  • Bike
  • Zipcar
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • 28X Bus: This is a Port Authority city bus that goes straight from Carnegie Mellon to Pittsburgh International Airport, and vice versa. It makes a few stops, bringing the total travel time to about an hour, but the first and last stops are always either CMU or the airport. Because this is a city bus, it is free with a student ID.
  • A taxi cab only takes about half an hour, but a cab can cost anywhere from $35 to $50. It's really only worth it if you have a lot of luggage or you are splitting the cab with one or two other people.
Local Taxi Services
You can request Yellow Cab via phone [(412) 321-8100], online, or an iPhone app, but the best way to guarantee that they'll come is to schedule one a few hours ahead if you know you will need it. Otherwise, you usually have to wait far longer than you would like. Classy Cab is a mix between a town car/limo service and a regular taxi service [(412) 322-5080]. They are higher priced, but their cars are larger and, well, classier looking. They tend to be more reliable time-wise, as well-although it is still a good idea to book in advance.
Did You Know?
Pittsburgh Port Authority buses are "free" to Carnegie Mellon students-as in your tuition pays for it. All you have to do is flash a CMU ID to the bus driver.

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CMU Shuttle Service (fixed routes)
(412) 268-2323
Daily 6:45 a.m.-10:45 p.m. (depending on route)
Escort Service (9 pick-up points)
(412) 268-2323
Daily 6:30 p.m.-6:30 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

CMU Shuttle and Escort Service

The last pick-up is at 6 a.m.; the escort service is limited to a 1.5 mile radius.

(412) 268-2323

Daily 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Port Authority Transit (PAT)

Pick up bus schedules from the University Center Information Desk.

(412) 442-2000

412-566-5500 administrative offices

(412) 255-1385 Port Authority police (non-emergency)

345 Sixth Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Pittsburgh International Airport

The Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles and approximately 30 minutes driving time from CMU.

1000 Airport Blvd.

(412) 472-3525

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is about 4 miles from campus.

55 11th St.

(412) 392-6526

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is about 4 miles from campus.

1100 Liberty Ave.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 93 responses

  • 38% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 40% 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.
  • 3% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 82% 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.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 54 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 55 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 56 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 92 responses

  • 29% Very easy.
  • 64% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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