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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system is super nice! It takes you wherever you need to go near campus such as the store, restaurants, and nearby attractions.

3 College Senior

Transportation: sometimes the wait for the Cy ride is long

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Students can ride the bus for free around Ames. There are shuttles to Des Moines for the airport and options for students traveling.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Cyride makes not having a car easy, I can get to late night appointments in town and get back easily.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus system at isu is the best I have ever seen


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CyRide is an award-winning transportation system. It serves not only Iowa State University, but also the city of Ames, so owning a car is not necessary. CyRide runs all over the city and stops at all the popular places in town. Buses come about every 20 minutes, so students and citizens of Ames don't have to wait long. CyRide also offers the Moonlight Express, which is also known as the drunk bus, that students can call to take them out if they are too drunk to drive. CyRide is free for all Iowa State students. Some suggest that you bring a bicycle for further convenience, as CyRide does not run through the center of campus. If your classes are located on the interior, it is easiest to walk or bike between classes.

Some students would rather walk to class than wait for the bus, but in the winter when weather conditions are at their worst, the bus can be very inviting. The general bus services don't run all night, though. If you plan to be out late, call the Moonlight Express. Students at Iowa State University have positive things to say about the first-rate busing system.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bring a bicycle
  • Rollerblade
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • CyRide
  • Friend drives you there
Did You Know?
Airport shuttles to the Des Moines Airport from Memorial Union are available for $26 one-way, $48 round trip.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Escort
(515) 294-4444
Daily 6 p.m.–6 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


(515) 292-1100

1700 University Blvd.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Des Moines International Airport

This airport is 35 miles south of campus, about a 45-minute drive.

5800 Fleur Drive

(515) 256-5100

Ames Municipal Airport

Light single and twin aircraft only

2501 Airport Road

(515) 232-4310

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is less than a mile from campus.

129 Hayward Ave.

(515) 232-2404

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The closest Amtrak station is in Osceola, which is 85 miles or an hour and a half drive south of campus.

Main and East Clay Streets, Osceola

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 211 responses

  • 77% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 20% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 2% 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 211 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 86% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% 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 89 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 88 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 88 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 210 responses

  • 45% Very easy.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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