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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is construction going on right now around the school, making it difficult to get around, but the bus system available for the students goes all over and is very convenient to have. I take the bus or bike to class, and have my car for other things.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I brought a car so i'm not sure

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus shuttles are usually overpacked during peak hours, sometimes so full you'd rather wait for the next one because people are almost overflowing out of the bus. As for city transportation there is little to none and the city buses are almost incredibly hard to figure out where to be picked up at.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: honestly for me i am from Houston so i just get a ride with someone that is also from Houston. I live on campus(for now), so everything i need is in walking distance. i have never taken the bus. when i live off campus i definitely need a car. it is just easier instead of having to rely on the bus or someone else.

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3 College Student

Transportation: Lots of varied types of transport available, but may not always be as convenient as needed.

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Texas State has a great bus system. You pay for it in your tuition, so there is no upfront fee to ride them. San Marcos also has a tram service that runs to campus as well as areas the Texas State bus routes don't include. Certain times during the day, the buses are packed full of students, and other times, there are hardly any students on the buses. Buses run from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 11 p.m. They are pretty punctual as far as getting to the stops on time, which are spaced at about 10 to 45 minutes depending on the day (after 7 p.m., the buses don't run as often). 

There are also buses that take you to Austin and San Antonio. These buses do cost money: $40 for a bus ticket worth five round trips or $6 per ride. A little bit pricey, but, so is gas. The San Antonio bus will even drop you off and pick you up at the Tanger Outlet Mall. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Texas State buses
  • Bike
  • Carpool
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
A good way to get to the airport is by car, whether driving yourself or asking for a ride from a friend. You can also take a taxi, but those can get expensive.
Local Taxi Services
Local taxi services include Aloha Taxi,
Lonestar Party Buses, Blackhorn Buses,
and the Chaos Party Bus.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Bobcat Bobbies
(512) 245-7233
Daily from dusk to dawn during the fall and spring semesters

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bobcat Tram

For more information, e-mail

(512) 754-8993

Public TransitWhat's This?

Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS)

CARTS includes the following counties: Bastrop, Burnet, Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, and Lee, and non-urbanized areas of Travis and Williamson.

(800) 456-7433

(512) 478-7433

(512) 481-1011 (administrative)

2010 E. 6th St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

San Marcos Municipal Airport

This airport is just three miles from downtown San Marcos.

1807 Airport Dr., Suite 200

(512) 216-6039

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Austin is 30 minutes away from San Marcos.

10000 Logistics Lane, Austin

(512) 530-5300

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is only two minutes from campus.

338 S. Guadalupe St.

(512) 392-4649

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is located in the same station as the Greyhound terminal.

338 S. Guadalupe St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 365 responses

  • 58% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 33% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% 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.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 367 responses

  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 8% 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.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 156 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 156 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 155 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 364 responses

  • 33% Very easy.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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