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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus is all you need, but having a car is a huge advantage.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Its easy to go downtown

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bad news is that the local CDTA bus only leaves campus every half an hour (and every hour on weekends), but the good news is that it's free for Skidmore students if you swipe in with your Skid Card! Also, there are certain hours where taxi rides back to campus are free.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: We have a public bus transport system that has a station at our school. This means that any student can get on using their school ID for free and go just about anywhere in the surrounding area!

5 College Senior

Transportation: Skidmore students can ride the bus for free, which is really great. The buses come in a timely manner, too.


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The public CDTA (Capital District Transportation Authority) bus stops at Skidmore every half hour (every hour on Sundays) every day of the week. The bus is free for Skidmore students when they swipe their ID card. The bus runs late into the night to ensure safe transportation to and from the bars on the weekends. When the bus is not running, students can take free cabs back to campus from downtown. All of these free options are extremely helpful in maintaining a safe environment between Saratoga and Skidmore. Students can also connect to another CDTA bus downtown to ride to the mall area.

In terms of long-distance travel, Amtrak and Greyhound stop at the Saratoga train station, making Saratoga easily accessible. The train station is about seven minutes from campus. When the weather is nice, it is a short 10-minute walk to downtown Saratoga or a lovely bike ride, too.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Cab
  • Walking (with friends is always fun)
  • CDTA bus
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A cab ride to the Albany airport costs around $50.
Local Taxi Services
Saratoga Taxi and Saratoga Capitaland Taxi are two local taxi services.
Did You Know?
  • The Amtrak to NYC is about a four-hour train ride, and it rides along the Hudson River-so scenic!
  • The ride sharing program is a cheap and environmental way to get home for breaks.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Personal safety escorts
(518) 580-5567
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Skidmore Shuttle

The Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA) offers Skidmore students and employees free transit services to downtown Saratoga and other points of interest in the area.

(518) 482-8822

Monday-Saturday 6:40 a.m.-4 a.m., Sunday 8:50 a.m.-4:57 p.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Albany International Airport

The Albany International Airport is approximately a 30-minute drive from Skidmore.

737 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany

(518) 248-2200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is about a seven-minute drive from campus.

26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs

(518) 583-7490

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is about a seven-minute drive from campus.

26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 46 responses

  • 72% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 11% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% 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.
  • 11% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 11% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 83% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 20 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 20 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 20 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 49 responses

  • 69% Very easy.
  • 29% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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