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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I personally don't need to travel long distances; I'm close enough to home that I either catch a ride with another student or my parents are able to pick me up. But, for short distances, like going to Wal-mart or going downtown, borrowing a bike from the library or renting one of the school vehicles are very easy and, while the bikes don't cost anything, the vehicles are resonably priced.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is close, its a small campus. We walk mostly everywhere and off campus stores aren't too far either. Most people bring a car but don't use them too much. There are taxis around decorah if needed

3 College Freshman

Transportation: transportation is not really needed on campus. the only transportation that i need is typically a ride home from my parents.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I can always get a ride home if I need one. People are always willing to give me a ride if I help pay for gas.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Not the best but it's okay for being in a little town


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You can safely assume that public transportation in Decorah doesn’t exist, but that’s because it isn’t necessary. Everything at Luther or in town is only a few minutes away, so students can make trips during the day to get what they need. Many students carpool in order to save gas and make community trips. Some students bike almost anywhere to get everything from groceries to movies, and even more simply walk to get their basic needs. There are a number of convenience stores in the area, so if you can’t find what you need within a short walk or bike ride, you’re probably helpless. If you need to get around town in a pinch, you can check out an ugly but serviceable bike from the library.

Getting out of Decorah is another matter. There’s no train station or real public bus system in town, so you need to have your own vehicle or a close friend who will trust you with theirs to get to a larger city. However, this is rarely a problem since there’s nowhere most Luther students are going by themselves. Students venture north quite often—especially to Rochester—to go to the movies, hit up the mall, or have a nice date. If anything, it’s an excuse to take a road trip with your closest friends and maybe learn a little more about each other. That sounds simplistic, but most things at Luther are, and that’s exactly what the community supports. If you can’t handle using your own leg power and you don’t have a car, then you’re sort of trapped.

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Best Ways to Get Around Town
Biking or walking is great exercise, and will get you to almost every necessary place. Another great way is car-pooling: students love to get off-campus, and you can always find someone who wants to go to Wal-Mart at 1 a.m. to find the Batman soundtrack.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • For La Crosse, take I-90 East to French Island. It's about an hour and 30 minutes' drive from Luther.
  • For Minneapolis-St. Paul, drive north on Highway 52; it's close to a three-hour journey.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Everything at Luther is no more than 15 minutes away at any given time.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Lindbergh Terminal, 4300 Glumack Dr., St. Paul

(612) 726-5555

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Humphrey Terminal, 7150 Humphrey Dr., Minneapolis

(612) 726-5800

La Crosse Municipal Airport

2850 Airport Rd., La Crosse

(608) 789-7464

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound La Crosse Bus Station

The La Crosse Greyhound station is approximately 44 miles from Decorah.

601 St. Andrews St., Ste. 102, La Crosse

(608) 784-5510

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Winona Amtrak Station

The Winona Amtrack station is approximately 53 miles from Decorah.

65 East Mark St., Winona

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 14% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 31% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 11% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 42% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 11% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 14% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 47% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 28% 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 12 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 12 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 12 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 36 responses

  • 56% Very easy.
  • 44% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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