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5 College Junior

Transportation: I didn't have a car until my Junior year. The only time I missed having one was when I needed to go to the grocery store, but I was usually able to hitch a ride with a friend anyways.

5 College Junior

Transportation: PRT is great for getting around campus for free on the J route or up to the Performing arts center on the F route (only free on campus). PRT goes into town until 9pm but most people use their own vehicle or ride with a roommate/friend when going into town or riding to school.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: They have busses set on 15 minute intervals, so its not too terrible to use the bus route. Not exactly economical to commute from any distance though.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: A lot of people get around with different types of transportation.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: A car is useful if you attend University Place. If you buy a parking pass, you don't have to worry about finding a place to park. The University Place parking lot is large enough for everyone to park. If you don't buy a parking pass and decide to use the park's parking lot, you might be ticketed for parking. Personally, I think the $100 for a whole year of parking is easier than worrying about city fines.

At the main campus in Pocatello, parking is hard to find. A lot of people either take the bus to Pocatello from Idaho Falls or carpool. It's a pick your poison kind of thing. If you take the bus, you have to keep track of when it makes it's trips back and forth. If you drive there, you might not find parking.


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Considering that Pocatello is not a huge metropolitan city, transportation is not too bad for students. Anywhere students need to go in town is mostly within walking or biking distance. The sidewalks are nice and provide a good surface for walkers, joggers, and bikers running errands or heading for a quick trip to the grocery store. And of course, there are always good friends and roommates that love to chaperone!

The ISU transportation system is also very beneficial. PRT buses will take students from campus all the way to the mall in Chubbuck and back. Students can also schedule to take the buses to Idaho Falls, Exit 113, Blackfoot, Twin Falls, Burley, and American Falls. Buses operate only while ISU is in session, which includes fall, spring, and summer terms.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike (save on gas!)
  • Bus system
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Most major hotels in Pocatello provide free shuttle service to and from the airport upon request.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety escorts
(208) 282-2515
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

ISU Shuttle Service

ISU Parking Services and Pocatello Regional Transit provide a free bus system from the north end of the Holt Arena parking lot. The buses stop at prime areas throughout campus with a three- to five-minute turn-around time.

(208) 282-2515

Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pocatello Regional Transit

Bus schedules can be picked up from the City of Pocatello or the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce. Students get discounted with their ID.

(208) 234-2287

215 W. Bonneville St.

Commuter Express

Operates buses between the Pocatello campus and other cities in Southeast Idaho.

(208) 282-4460

921 S. 8th St., Stop 8137

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Salt Lake City Airport

This airport is about 150 miles from ISU.

776 N. Terminal Dr., Salt Lake City

(800) 595-2442

Pocatello Regional Airport

This airport is about 8 miles from campus.

1950 Airport Way

(208) 234-6154

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Station/ticket office open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.

215 W. Bonneville Ave.

(208) 232-5365

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This is the closest link to Amtrak; it's an Amtrak bus stop about an hour and 45 minutes away.

1390 Blue Lakes Blvd., Twin Falls

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 83 responses

  • 58% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% 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.
  • 7% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 10% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 74% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% 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 33 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 33 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 33 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 82 responses

  • 37% Very easy.
  • 59% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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