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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I like having the city bus and the different loops on campus. They are there for most times of the day (or night) that you need help getting somewhere. I wish the Silver Loop ran later in the day; sometimes the Gold Loop is inconvenient. I do not use other public transportation (including taxis or zip cars), but I would in the future.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is great. There are loops that run as quickly as every 4 minutes from each stop. The bus application is easy to use and accurate on locations of busses. If you do not have a car on campus, zip cars are easy to use and affordable.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus transportation provided on campus is the best, to me, that could be found at any university. It is free, there are many routes, and no matter what you can find a bus to any place you'd like to go around Lafayette.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I prefer to walk everywhere as everything on campus isn't terribly far. City Bus does a loop system and is very helpful for going into the city to get something. Other than that a car is nice but only if you have an apartment and aren't living on campus.

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4 College Student

Transportation: The silver loop will pick you up within minutes. There are options that will take you anywhere off campus but there's a bit of a wait for those


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CityBus provides transportation both for Purdue’s campus and the Greater Lafayette area. Students find it to be modern and easily accessible. Students will tell you that it is usually quicker to walk where you need to go on campus instead of taking a bus, but on swelteringly hot or bitterly freezing days, the miniscule amount of time you lose by taking the bus is worth it for the air conditioned or heated comfort. The transportation system is especially stellar for students living off campus who don’t want to deal with the hassle of parking on campus. The major apartment complexes have shuttles that will ferry students for free, while others have CityBus stops relatively nearby. For those who want to have a fun time at the bars and not have to worry about driving home, the late-night bus route, called the "Night Rider," starts at 10 p.m. and runs until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

While going to the mall or Wal-Mart on public transportation takes an absurdly long time, the system works amazingly well for the campus and the areas close by. If you’re going to the opposite end of the town and have pressing time restraints, it may be in your best interest to snag a friend to drive you. But, otherwise, Purdue’s transportation provides a definite relief from the hassles of walking or parking on campus.

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Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bum a ride with an upperclassman friend.
  • The CityBus Lafayette/West Lafayette loops. They're extremely accessible, and they're free with a valid
  • There are nice little bike paths everywhere on Purdue's sidewalks, and there are many racks outside buildings where you can chain them up.
  • Walking around the beautiful campus and West Lafayette is a great free work out.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $10-$15, which is too much. Take the CityBus route to the airport, it's free.
  • By bus (highly recommended): Take CityBus route 4B Purdue West/Airport. It should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes from campus.
  • By car: From I-65, take SR 26 east through Lafayette and West Lafayette. Take a left onto Newman Road, which becomes U.S. Hwy. 200, taking you directly to the airport.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

CityBus campus loops

7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday and Saturday late nights, 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


(765) 742-RIDE (7433)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Purdue University Airport

The Purdue University Airport is rather small, so flights to and from the Greater Lafayette area might be slightly limited. For a broader selection of flights, you'll have to head to Indianapolis or one of Chicago's airports.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


200 N. Second St.

(765) 742-8836

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Daily routes run between Indianapolis and Chicago for cheap. Some of the more popular routes (#3l7and #51 northbound) are scheduled to leave Lafayette at 7:22 a.m. The returning trains #3l8 and #52 both arrive back at Lafayette station at 10:43 p.m.

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 212 responses

  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 27% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 211 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 84% 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 convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 133 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 134 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 134 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 212 responses

  • 23% Very easy.
  • 68% Fairly easy.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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