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3 College Junior

Transportation: Indianapolis does not have a very good public transportation system.

3 College Student

Transportation: We mainly have shuttle buses and they are great for the winter time.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttles are a great way to get around campus quickly, but they fill up very fast. They also don't always come on time, so if you're in a rush you're better off walking to class.

4 College Student

Transportation: There's almost always campus shuttles running all day Monday through Friday. Saturdays and Sundays can be questionable.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Parking is hectic and the cost of parking is really expensive. Unless you have a parking pass it is almost impossible to come to campus if you have a meeting or something without having to pay a lot


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For being the 12th biggest city in the United States, Indianapolis does not match up in terms of public transit. There is no subway or elevated train, but there are a few shuttle services and a bus line. IndyGo is the city’s bus company, and it is the primary source of public mass transit in the city. Bus fare is $1.50 for adults, and there are typically free transfers (depending on the route). There are also $3.50 all-day passes, which are available upon request when entering onto the bus. The buses travel in every direction of the city, so you can find transportation to about any general area, but there are a few weak points that are not reached by IndyGo; to get to those places, you’ll have to take a cab, which can get pretty expensive. The good news, though, is that many students live on the outskirts of the city, so there is a decent chance of finding a buddy to carpool with.

Once you’re on campus, the shuttle system is a pretty reliable mode of transportation, but the campus is compact enough that you can walk to pretty much anywhere you need to go. The wintertime is probably the best time in which to utilize the campus shuttle. There is also a campus shuttle service from Bush Stadium to campus for students that want to park for free and ride to campus. This is a fairly popular service, and it saves students lots of money.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Carpool (IUPUI students live on every side of town.)
  • Indianapolis city buses
  • Take a taxi
  • Walk, if you live downtown
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $7 minimum.
  • The IndyGo bus goes directly from downtown (and several other areas) to the airport. Also, there are several taxicab services that go directly to the airport. Check out for more information.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

IUPUI Shuttle Service

Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m

IUPUI Escort

(317) 274-7233

IUPUI Police offer safety escorts 24 hours a day

Public TransitWhat's This?

IndyGo (Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation)

IndyGo's Red Line is a free bus service for IUPUI students that runs from campus to downtown. Pick up bus schedules from the University College building.

(317) 635-3344

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Indianapolis International Airport

The Indianapolis International Airport is 9 miles and approximately 15 minutes driving time from IUPUI.

2500 S. High School Rd.

(317) 487-PAGE

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Indianapolis Greyhound Bus Lines Terminal

The Greyhound bus terminal is on the south end of downtown Indianapolis, approximately one mile from campus.

350 S. Illinois St.

(317) 267-3071

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Indianapolis Amtrak Train Station

The Amtrak Station is on the south end of downtown Indianapolis, located in the same building as the Greyhound Bus Station.

350 S. Illinois St.

(317) 263-0550

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 206 responses

  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 23% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% 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 207 responses

  • 12% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 13% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 68% 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 108 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 108 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 108 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 206 responses

  • 30% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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