YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.



{{ error }}
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Off campus parking is difficult to find, but free bus system as a plus.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation here is about average (maybe a little bit above for such a small town). As Smith students, you can take buses to other 4-colleges in the area for free. However, if you want to go shopping, there are many options to get there easily. Also, there is only peter pan in town and the bus is ALWAYS LATE.

3 College Junior

Transportation: We only get free public transportation when the bus is going to the nearby colleges. But those buses take for ever to pass by and if you miss on you have to wait more than half an hour.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is good but expensive. Can't go home for breaks like thanksgiving and spring break.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Transportation: Never had a problem. even better if you have a car.


{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

View student contributors

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is a Smithie’s greatest resource for getting around to other colleges. However, there are a few negative side effects of being a regular bus commuter to a class at another college or even the mall. The buses are often late, and waiting for one in bad weather can ruin your whole day. The buses run every half-hour or hour, depending on the day, and traffic can sometimes cause long delays. It is a huge time commitment to take the bus, which is why many students who take classes at other colleges have a personal car. On the other hand, the buses themselves are very clean and safe. Despite the time issue and the occasional rowdy Friday night crowd, it’s incredible that Smith students can use this resource for free (with a student ID) and still live so far from a major city. Without the PVTA system, students wouldn’t be able to get off campus as much as they do to explore both personal and academic opportunities in the Pioneer Valley.

For students looking to travel outside the Pioneer Valley, the Peter Pan Bus is extremely convenient—there's a station right in downtown Northampton. There is an Amtrak station in Springfield that is accessible via Peter Pan, and Bradley International Airport is only 40 minutes away. Overall, Smith students don't have a hard time finding ways to get around the area and beyond.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike (tough in the snowy winters, though)
  • Borrow a friend's car (although there is always crazy traffic in downtown Northampton, and there are never any parking spots)
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport via Northampton Taxi costs $50.
  • The SGA (Student Government Association) runs a shuttle to and from Bradley Airport before and after breaks.
  • Valley Transporter provides shuttle van service to Bradley Airport. Reservations are required in advance, and it costs $49 one way from Northampton. Visit for more information.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Public Safety Transportation/Escort Service
Daily 12:30 a.m.-sunrise

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Smith Shuttle Service

The shuttle makes continuous rounds to designated stops on campus or students can call the driver for a pick-up.

Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

A bus services the Five College area and is free for Five College students. It also makes stops in downtown Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton, as well as the Hampshire Mall.

(413) 781-7882

2808 Main St., Springfield

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Bradley International Airport

The Bradley International Airport is 41 miles and approximately 35 minutes driving time from Smith.

Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks, CT

(860) 292-2000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan/Greyhound Terminal

The station is less than a mile from campus.

1 Roundhouse Plaza, Northampton

(800) 343-9999

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Springfield Amtrak Station

This station is approximately 19 miles from campus, but has more service than the Amherst station.

66 Lyman St., Springfield

(800) 872-7245

Amherst Amtrak Station

This platform is approximately 8 miles from campus.

13 Railroad St., Amherst

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 65 responses

  • 32% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 43% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 12% 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.
  • 12% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 86% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% 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 33 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 33 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 32 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 65 responses

  • 71% Very easy.
  • 26% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!