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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is no eAsy way to get to home from here. The ride to airport is / hours. The ride to the train is over an hour but there is a private bus company that picks up and drops off right at school

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Lehigh makes sure you are able to get where you need to go.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that run up the mountain on weekdays when classes are running, but not on the weekend. If you live on the hill and want to go anywhere on the weekend, if you don't have a car you have to hike the mountain. No one wants to do that.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not in a very busy town so there are not a lot of transportation out of the city. There is a bus station fairly close to campus and that's about it.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The school does well with buses running every ten minutes for a good amount of locations around campus. They also just updated and got new buses which can hold a lot more people which is really good. The bus drivers do drive crazy though, pretty scary if you are driving a car and going by them.


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Public transportation is essentially nonexistent in Bethlehem. Sure, there’s a public bus, but no one from Lehigh has ever been on it. The town is small enough that as a freshman you can walk just about anywhere you’d need to get to, and chances are you’ll meet someone who does have a car anyway. Lehigh provides a bus service around campus, as well as the all-important TRACS van for drunken traveling at night. There is also a shuttle to the Lehigh Valley Mall on weekends, which is highly recommended just as a means of getting away from campus for a bit.

There is also a bus station right in town that can take you to New York City, and the Lehigh Valley International airport is a 15-minute ride away from campus. Cab service is poor at best, and good luck trying to get a cab at 2 a.m. after a long night at the bar in an attempt to get back on the Hill. Most students would agree that the best way to get anywhere is by car, be it class, restaurants, Allentown, or NYC. Having a car after freshman year is crucial, especially on Lehigh’s hilly campus. The freedom you have is unparalleled, and as fun as freshman year can be, it only gets better once you have a car.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Driving
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Taxi, a cab ride to the airport costs $20.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Transportation Services - There is a free bus service that runs from 7:40 a.m.-10:10 p.m. and travels from main campus to both Goodman and Mountaintop campuses.

(610) 758-4410

24-Hour Info: (610) 758-1700


(Take A Ride Around Campus Safely)

Sunday-Wednesday 10 p.m.-2:05 a.m

Thursday-Saturday 10 p.m.-2:50 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Bethlehem provides local bus transportation (LANTA Metro) to major parts of Bethlehem and nearby cities such as Hellertown and Allentown.

(610) 776-RIDE

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Lehigh Valley International Airport

LVI is 10 miles and approximately 15 minutes driving time from Lehigh.

(610) 266-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Trans-Bridge Lines

The Trans-Bridge Bus Terminal is on the south side of Bethlehem, approximately one mile from campus.

Adams & Mechanic Streets, Bethlehem

(610) 868-6001

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 56 responses

  • 45% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 45% 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.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 5% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 71% 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.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 26 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 25 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 25 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 54 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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