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3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses are usuallly running behind. I drive my car and find a park and pay station

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are always buses running on campus to take you anywhere on campus that you need, and there are also buses that go from apartments and neighborhoods if walking isn't an option.

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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you do not have a car on campus or you do not have friends with cars good luck trying to get around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: First year students do not really need to worry about cars, but after the second year, you DEFINITELY need car. Do not listen to other people saying don't bring your car. Really, bring a car.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The flights to my hometown are not direct, so I usual drive with friends to save gas money.

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The bus system in Lubbock exists, but students generally take the buses that run solely on campus or the ones that drop people off at certain apartment complexes around town. You need to have a ride to get pretty much anywhere in Lubbock because although it is a small town, it is spread out. If you have the means to have your own car, consider yourself blessed. Lubbock is not the place to try your hand at "going green."

When it comes to the cabs in Lubbock, carry your pepper spray and go with a friend. Safe Ride is a Texas Tech service that provides students with a ride home from anywhere in Lubbock for free with a student ID. This service is open to all students, not just the intoxicated ones. The problem with this service is that the cab drivers who are taking you home don't get paid by you, and therefore they are, for the most part, very rude. You will see cabs around Lubbock, but this is not a city where cabs can be hailed from the street corner. When you are looking to get out of Lubbock or you are picking up a visitor, the airport is less than 10 miles away.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • Taxi
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The Lubbock airport is a mere 7.4 miles from campus. The best way to get there is to have a friend drop you off and pick you up. It will only take 15 minutes out of their day at most.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Extended Night Bus (Citibus)
(806) 742-NITE (6483)
Daily 7 p.m.–1:30 a.m.
Safety escorts
(806) 742-3931
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Citibus, Texas Tech Routes

Citibus has been providing service to TTU students since 1968.

(806) 712-2000

Safe Ride

Provides students with a free late-night cab ride home from anywhere in Lubbock. Student ID is required.

(806) 742-RIDE

Daily 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Citibus is Lubbock's public bus system. On weekdays, they mostly run routes from 5:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

(806) 712-2000

801 Texas Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport

This airport is less than 10 miles from campus.

5401 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

(806) 775-2044

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is about 4 miles from campus.

801 Broadway Ave.

(806) 687-4501

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This is Las Vegas in New Mexico, not Nevada. Just a note. This station is about 4 hours and 30 minutes from campus, and is unfortunately the closest Amtrak station to Lubbock.

500 Railroad Rd., Las Vegas, N.M.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 277 responses

  • 61% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% 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.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 1% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 276 responses

  • 9% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 78% 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.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 110 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 111 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 110 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 274 responses

  • 37% Very easy.
  • 54% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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