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2 College Junior

Transportation: I am not aware of any campus shuttle. The town of Black Mountain runs a shuttle into Montreat but I have never seen it on campus. Outside of Montreat there is public transportation that runs into Asheville which is nice if you have the time to take it.

5 College Junior

Transportation: The school is adequately located in the center of uptown and easy to access when you get into town. There is no transportation provided by the school .We are all adults and should be able to find our own way to school. If you can't get to school here you are out of luck.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since Montreat College is located on a beautiful mountain, it would be an excellent choice to have a car if you plan on being involved in a lot of activity off campus.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: Poor, Must Be Prearranged – Not much help from the school with transportation. No real buses or anything.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: Not Much – The best option is to catch a ride with a friend if you don't have a car.

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One of the disadvantages of going to school in a small town is the lack of public transportation services. There are a few local services, such as the Mountain Mobility bus service, but even taxi services in Asheville end up costing more than students might be willing to pay because of the distance. Students who want to go see a movie or go shopping normally end up carpooling with a friend who has a car, taking a group, and splitting the gas. Doing it this way forms more "community" than a solo taxi ride and is almost always cheaper. The disadvantage to this is finding a driver if you want to leave at a particular time (e.g., a doctor's appointment scheduled during class time). Finding a ride during normal class hours is doable, since everyone's on a different schedule, but it can sometimes be a pain. Evening trips are almost always easier to manage, if you can spare time from homework.

Some campus events (such as music concerts, service opportunities, events at the Black Mountain campus, and other happenings) call for a campus van. In that case, transportation is free, and seating is first-come, first-served. In cases where students will go back and forth (such as from a dance), the vans are shuttled to and from the College by approved student and staff drivers. While these are nice, they don't get you to the mall or your doctor's appointment, so if students really want to go somewhere and can't pay the transportation services fee—they are poor college students, after all—they generally carpool with a friend.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walk (it's not that big of a town)
  • Bike (one of the advantages of a small town)
  • Get a ride with a friend
  • Mountain Mobility, a bus service
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Email Student Services and ask them to send an email out to the student body requesting a ride. Often, you can carpool; more students than just you are faced with the issue of catching their flights.
  • The best way to get to the airport is to ask a friend. You only end up paying gas (and a little extra if you're feeling generous), and you trust the driver.
Local Taxi Services
A-One Transportation offers airport, taxi, limo, and limousine services, and airport shuttle services and transportation around town.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Montreat Campus Police
(828) 713-2520
Daily 8 p.m.-6 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Mountain Mobility

Mountain Mobility includes transportation in the form of demand-response service, subscription service, and deviated fixed routes.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

This airport is about two hours away from campus.

5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway, Charlotte

(704) 359-4910

Asheville Regional Airport

This airport is about 30 minutes away from campus.

61 Terminal Dr., Suite 1, Fletcher

(828) 209-3660

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


Asheville is only about 20 minutes away from Montreat.

2 Tunnel Road, Asheville

(828) 253-8451

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Gastonia is only about an hour and a half away from Montreat.

350 Hancock St., Gastonia

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 9% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 77% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 67% 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.
  • 5% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 14% 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 17 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 16 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 17 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 21 responses

  • 38% Very easy.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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