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3 College Student

Transportation: The T and all of Boston transportation is great, easy, and fun. The Joey has no regard for students/its schedule/the world. They Joey does what the Joey wants. Have to be in Davis in 30 minutes and the Joey's supposed to be at the Campus Center in five? Are you better off walking? Through rain or a blizzard? Who knows! But hey- that's half the excitement right there.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle that runs between campus and Davis Square, the Joey, that comes every 15/20 minutes, but we don't have a program with the T and there aren't many student discounts for taxis/zipcars/ubers. The campus is isolated, so you will need to use those to get out.

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4 College Student

Transportation: The Joey has frequent times and it is usually somewhat near the time it is supposed to be on schedule

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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle sucks so much. I absolutely hate Boston public transportation (so inefficient compared to New York's).

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle is fantastically convenient but sometimes chooses to run waaay off schedule. The subway is ~15 minutes away by foot.


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Though a good majority of Tufts students bring cars to campus, many agree that they don’t really need to. Boston has amazing public transportation, and the T is not only super-affordable, but it takes you almost anywhere you would ever have to go in the Boston area. The bus is even cheaper than the T, but it’s not nearly as reliable—driving is preferable to the bus route any day.

A car is good if you need to go somewhere that isn’t on the T, and if you live off campus, it becomes very convenient for grocery runs. Don’t worry about having to walk to and from the parking lots—Boston is a very pretty city, which makes walking that much more enjoyable, and Tufts’ hill will enable you to graduate with rock-solid calves. Tufts also offers airport transportation shuttles and other services designed to make things easier for students. The campus safety shuttle, dubbed the “Joey,” is a good way to get around, and you can even take it up the hill to class if you’re feeling extraordinarily lazy. Overall, students are generally satisfied with the quality of transportation in town, and it does allow them a lot of independence.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • The T
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $25
  • Driving: Take Highway I-93 South. Follow downtown signs until you see signs for the Callahan Tunnel/Logan Airport. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left into the Callahan Tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, stay right; the second exit is the airport access road.
  • Take the T. The airport stop is on the blue line.
  • The Turkey/Holiday Shuttle offered from campus directly to Logan.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Tufts' campus shuttle

With service uphill, downhill, and to Davis Square.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Buses and the T

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Bus Station, Boston

The Greyhound Bus Station is located at the South Station terminal's multilevel bus deck. For schedule information call Greyhound at (800) 229-9424 or visit

Atlantic Ave. and Summer St., Boston

(617) 222-3200

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak South Station (BOS), Boston

The closest Amtrak station to Tufts is South Station, in the center of Boston. You can take the T directly from Davis Square to South Station.

Atlantic Ave. and Summer St., Boston

(617) 222-3200

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 60 responses

  • 42% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 47% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 56% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 32% 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 29 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 29 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 28 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 58 responses

  • 41% Very easy.
  • 53% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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