Although the lack of public transit is frustrating at times, most students don’t find it a real hindrance. The town of Middlebury is very small, so it is easy to walk to pretty much anywhere in town. Aside from walking, some students choose to use the public shuttle buses, but most end up borrowing a friend's car or renting a Zipcar.
For long-distance transportation, getting a ride home or to the airport with a friend who has a car is your best bet. The shuttle to Burlington, Middlebury Transit, or another local taxi or airport shuttle company are your next-best options. During school breaks, Middlebury College has buses that transport students to and from NYC or Boston. They are pretty convenient but can be a bit pricey. Overall, Middlebury just isn’t a transport-savvy place, but it doesn’t really have to be. Students are used to walking and helping each other out to compensate for the dearth of public transit.