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4 College Junior

Transportation: Mason shuttles are free for students so people could take the shuttle to go to anywhere around Fairfax or get onto the Vienna Metro station to go into DC

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: You need money to get places in reasonable time

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I love the shuttles and use it to go to the metro.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to get around, there are plenty of busses. Exploring yay.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: The Mason shuttle system is located in only one part of the campus which is hard walk from dorm to dorm. The shuttles are not big enough to fit as many people on the weekends. It is not great overall.


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Name a popular place in Fairfax, and chances are one of the Mason shuttles takes students to that location for free. Whether students are looking to go to popular shopping spots like Fair Oaks Mall or Fair Lakes Center or the Metro, Mason offers convenient and free service to each via different shuttles. The Mason to Metro is a shuttle that takes students directly to and from the Metro every half hour. The Mason to Metro picks students up from five different on-campus locations and drops them right at the Vienna Metro stop. Another popular new option for freshmen and other students without cars is Gunston's Go-Bus, which leaves from campus every hour and shuttles students for free to the mall, Old Town Fairfax, and a few other shopping destinations.

With all the free transportation options, students don't need to pay for cabs. There is also a shuttle that takes students anywhere they need to go on campus, and the Fairfax CUE Bus, which also has a stop on campus, can also take students to the Metro and several stops throughout the City of Fairfax.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • CUE Bus
  • Mason to Metro Shuttle
  • Gunston's Go-Bus
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Another option is grab a taxi. It may be faster, but definitely more expensive than using public transportation. Look around for a good taxi company, some give fairly reasonable prices to get students to the airport fast, usually around $30-$40.
  • The best way to get to both Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport is to use the Metro, which is easily accessible via the Mason to Metro Shuttle. To get to Dulles, you only need to ride a few stops down the Orange line train to West Falls Church and get on a Washington Flyer bus, which will take you directly to Dulles. To purchase a ticket for the Washington Flyer bus, which is $10 for a one-way ticket, visit To get to Reagan, students can take the Metro to the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stop, and simply grab a shuttle to the terminals.
Local Taxi Services
There's no shortage of cabs in Fairfax, and they can take students pretty much wherever they want to go, but can be a little pricey. Fairfax Yellow Cab is a good bet for students, since it serves in all areas of Fairfax County, so it can take students to the mall, or local Fairfax attractions. Unless students are going to or from the bar, or need immediate service, however, Mason offers more than enough free public transportation options so students don't need to take a cab to get where they're going.
Did You Know?
Even though Mason is only about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., getting there using free transportation can take up to an hour and a half depending on where students plan to go. Students should allow 20-30 minutes to get to the Metro via the Mason to Metro shuttle, and anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get to their destination in the city.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Police Escort Services
(703) 993-2800
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Gunston's Go-Bus

Sunday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 a.m.

(703) 993-2828

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit (Metro)

(202) 637-7000

600 5th St. NW, Washington, D.C.


(703) 385-7859

10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Reagan National Airport

Washington, D.C.

(703) 417-8000

Dulles International Airport

Washington, D.C.

(703) 572-2700

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Lines

6770 Frontier Dr., Springfield, VA

(703) 971-7598

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Virginia Railway Express Station

10399 Premier Court, Burke, VA

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 285 responses

  • 58% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 31% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 284 responses

  • 6% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 16% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 71% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% 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 131 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 131 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 131 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 283 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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