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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Transportation is amaizng!!! The bus service is quick and effective. However, I would advice students don't bring your car to campus. Personally, I got into two fender bender accidents driving through Bloomington. Its not fun! I would advice students to take the free bus everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It;s such a major campus, it's pretty easy to get where you want to go if you use your resources.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses are pretty convenient and they will go just about anywhere on campus. Getting around on Kirkwood or the College mall can be difficult and there's only one bus so a taxi or pledge ride will be needed for weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The buses are a great way of transportation and if you have an iPhone or Android, you can use the IU app to look at the live tracking of the buses.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus bus services are reliable and there are many ways to get around town.


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Not everybody can bring a car when they come to college, although that may be the easiest way to get around. IU and the Bloomington community understand the difficulties with transportation and makes things less of a pain for those who can't drive. It may take a little practice if you've never ridden the bus before, but campus and the surrounding area is covered with bus stops that can take you all over town. If you're patient and don't mind taking a little longer-or a lot longer-to get where you're going, then the bus system is the best thing for you. There is also an extensive bus system that only serves campus, but unlike the Bloomington Transit buses, it costs everyone money. You can buy a pass for about $100, but most people just get used to walking to class, no matter how far away their dorms are.

If you are trying to get away, there are ways to do that, too. There are online boards for ride exchanges; often, you can find someone headed where you want to go and can catch a ride in exchange for some gas money. If sharing a car with a stranger doesn't appeal to you, there's always the shuttle to the airport (if you are flying out of state), which is reliable but slow. The shuttle runs on a set schedule, and you may have to get to the airport a few hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. Taxis are great for getting around on the weekends (especially if your designated driver has accidentally gotten drunk), but they can be expensive. There are options for everyone, whether you're supplied with a car or not, but the best route may be to make friends with someone who owns a car (and mooch a little) and save yourself some hassle.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Buy a car
  • Find friends with cars
  • Go by bike, but be careful of the ice in winter.
  • Take the Bloomington Transit buses (free with your ID).
  • Walk - everything's pretty close together; get some exercise!
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Bloomington Shuttle Service - $25 each way
  • Star of America charter coaches - $15 each way

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

IUSA Safety Escort

(812) 855-SAFE

Hours: Early fall and spring, Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. - Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Late fall and winter, Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-2 a.m. - Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.12 a.m. - Summer, daily 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Campus Bus Service

Monday -Friday 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m

Saturday 8:40 a.m.-11:30 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Bloomington Transit (BT)

(812) 336-7430

130 West Grimes Ln. - Bloomington, IN 47403

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Indianapolis International Airport

Depending on traffic, the Indianapolis International Airport is about a 50-minute drive from IU.

(317) 487-9594

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The station is less than a mile off campus.

217 West 6th St.

(812) 332-1522

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?     Based on 255 responses

  • 62% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 31% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 254 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 85% 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.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 117 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 117 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 117 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 254 responses

  • 31% Very easy.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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