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5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: HDPT is the best. they run drunk busses on weekends and shuttles on campus at night. they cut off a little early, but students always ride free. cant beat that....

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I rode the bus to school from my off-campus housing for a whole year. It was great for the most part. I liked being able to relax during the ride and not worry about gas money. The buses were a little late sometimes and crowded often, but it just depends. I was always on time/early for class.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses make the trek to classes a lot more comfortable especially during inclement weather.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus buses are great to get around if you do not have car. There are various stops and there is an app on the phone that shows students bus arrival times. It is very convenient, and free unlike taxis

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The buses that JMU provides are a great way to visit friends off campus or to get to class from off campus housing without having to worry about parking. Its free and serves as a safe way to get home or to a party on the weekends.


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If you enjoy a leisurely walk, the JMU campus spans at least 20 minutes of healthy walking time, and this doesn’t even include the off-the-map Memorial Hall. Of course, if you're in a rush to make it to class, buses run every 10 minutes on more than 40 different routes. Public transportation is popular, and considering the hilly terrain of JMU, you might want to avoid biking to classes daily unless you are prepared to come with speckles of sweat. Vill Hill, one of the notoriously difficult hills on campus, can be a drudge every day, but walking with a friend back from class can make you forget the rigorous exercise.

Busses tend to be the most cramped on weekend nights, specifically from about 11  p.m. to 1 a.m., and on rainy afternoons. When Friday night rolls around, the once seemingly tame shuttle bus morphs into the "drunk bus," ushering hundreds of intoxicated students from party to party. The drunk bus significantly slashes the number of typical drunk-driving incidents and offers a rather entertaining weekend experience with the jolly bus drivers and the partygoers. This mode of transportation can offer hundreds of weekend stories, from the drunk girl screaming in your ear to the drunk boy singing to Journey.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A bike or a moped
  • Hoof it
  • Snag a Harrisonburg Transit bus (free for students and faculty)
  • Take your own rig, if you are so fortunate
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $40 one way.
  • A Goff Buscom: (540) 434-0900
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Shuttle ( leaves the JMU Visitor Center on campus approximately once every hour.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

JMU Police Department
(540) 568-6913
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Inner Campus Shuttle (ICS)

(540) 209-9068

Monday–Friday 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m

Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Harrisonburg Department of Public Transit

Several local bus routes stop on or near campus. Buses run Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. They are free for JMU students.

(540) 432-0492

475 E. Washington St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport

Shenandoah Airport is the closest airport, located about 15 miles south of campus in Weyers Cave.

77 Aviation Circle, Weyers Cave

(540) 234-8304

Dulles International Airport

Dulles is about 120 miles northeast of campus. Many students prefer to fly in and out of this airport even though it is farther away.

1 Saarinen Circle, Dulles

(703) 572-27000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Home Ride of Virginia

This bus provides students from JMU and other schools in Virginia rides to certain areas around the state.

620 N. Main St., Blacksburg

(540) 953-2266

Greyhound – Charlottesville

The nearest Greyhound station is located in Charlottesville, about 35 miles southeast of campus.

310 W. Main St., Charlottesville

(434) 295-5131

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Staunton

The closest Amtrak is approximately 25 miles southwest of Harrisonburg.

1 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 159 responses

  • 70% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 26% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 3% 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 158 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% 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.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 80 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 81 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 81 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 158 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 68% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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