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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Used only a couple times

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus is relatively big, a bike would be really beneficial.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Unless your parents can come down to pick you up, you better have a car or a friend that lives near you. Most people can always find a way home though.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The summit express shuttle convenient but would be nice of it was free

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Athens is a fairly small city and you can get around walking or by bike. However, there is a buss shuttle for campus that is free of charge and goes through the main parts in campus. The public transportation is also very affordable (1$) and goes through all of Athens. There are as well long distance transportation such as the Go Bus that goes to columbus and is approximately 10$


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Transportation is available on campus, but not really necessary. Most students get around campus just fine and rarely rely on taxis or buses to get anywhere (thankfully, the bars are so close to housing that there's little drunk driving). Walking is the best way to get around campus, and students really only use their cars for groceries, quick errands, and so on. The campus is not very big, and even for students who live off campus, you are never that far from where you need to go. But, if transportation is needed, it's available, which can be nice, especially the bus to and from Columbus. While it may not be needed to get around campus, public transportation is available and convenient.

Getting outside of the city can require a little more planning. It's not impossible, but you'll have to call some service, most likely. Make sure to book reservations early and check online for full listings of all transportation services in and out of Athens.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Walk, walk, walk, and walk! (Driving is honestly a pain unless you need to get to the Ridges or Wal-Mart; in that case, just hop on the shuttle.)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs approximately $90 per person.
  • All Points Transportation provides transportation to and from the airport 24 hours a day. Call (740) 927-9778 for information and reservations.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


(740) 597-1909

Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Bobcat Express Shuttle

(740) 593-1611

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Athens Community Transit (ACT)

(740) 592-2727

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Port Columbus International

(Approximately 70 miles to Columbus, OH)

4600 International Gateway, Columbus

(614) 239-4000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Lakefront Lines, Inc.

Has a bus that stops at the Oasis (70 University Terrace) at 12:15 p.m., seven days a week, on its way to the Columbus Greyhound Terminal.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 206 responses

  • 37% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 42% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% 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.
  • 4% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 205 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 66% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 26% 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 78 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 78 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 77 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 205 responses

  • 65% Very easy.
  • 32% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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