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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Shuttles only run around breaks, so you usually have to find a friend to drive you, which is fairly inconvenient. But rarely do you need to go somewhere outside of Grinnell.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can walk to everywhere in Grinnell.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: We do have Campus security take students to the store or the doctor/hospital. There are a few Hertz cars as well that aren't very expensive. There is no public transportation.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: With a lot of international students transportation is an issue that the college has addressed well. Around breaks there are always rides to the airport. There is a system of ride sharing. Even just for around town people are willing to take you to wal mart of where ever you need to go.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have never really needed transportation from the school but for other people, it is fairly easy to get around. The school provide shuttles to places and free rides around the town if needed.

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Currently, both on campus and in the town of Grinnell, there are no public transportation stops or facilities. There really isn’t any need for them, since it takes about five to 10 minutes to walk from one end of campus to the other, and 20 or 30 minutes to bike out of town. However, there are plans to revive the fondly-remembered-but-unsuccessful Campus Bikes program. These bikes used to be designated by a thin coat of orange spray paint. They were unlocked and available for public use all over campus. Unfortunately, they were quickly trashed, but the campus has decided to bring them back using better, less fragile bikes.

As for transportation to and from Grinnell, Greyhound stops are not available in the town of Grinnell, but they are prevalent in Des Moines. However, most students who live more than a state away fly into the Des Moines International Airport and take the shuttle for $20, courtesy of the security department, to Grinnell. Shuttles also go to and from the Minneapolis and Chicago airports each break. If students have an emergency and need a ride out to the Des Moines airport in the middle of the year, arrangements can be made with the security department.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike
  • Mooch a ride off a friend
  • Your feet
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Grinnell security provides shuttles to and from Des Moines every break for about $10 per person.
  • There are also a good number of people who live in Des Moines that you could probably bum a ride from.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety escorts
(641) 269-4600
Daily 24 hours

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

The Eastern Iowa Airport

The Eastern Iowa Airport is about 80 miles/one hour 20 minutes from Grinnell.

2121 Arthur Collins Parkway, Cedar Rapids

(319) 362-8336

Des Moines International Airport (DSM)

Des Moines International Airport is probably the most frequently used airport by Grinnell students. It's about an hour away by shuttle or a little less than an hour by car from the College.

5800 Fleur Dr., Des Moines

(515) 256-5100

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


While Greyhound has a stop in Grinnell, it has more locations in Des Moines, Marshalltown, and Ames, all of which are within about an hour's driving time.

6 Iowa Ave. E, Marshalltown

(641) 752-4623

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The closest Amtrak stop is Osceola, Iowa, which is about 100 miles away (a driving time of one hour and 30 minutes).

Main and East Clay Streets, Osceola

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 22% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 22% 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.
  • 44% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 19% 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.
  • 31% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 42% 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 14 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 14 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 13 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 77% Very easy.
  • 15% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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