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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Included in tuition are the costs for public transportation that goes from private apartment complexes to local hangout in downtown, midtown, and malls along with several important stops around dorms, libraries, and important campus stops.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Lets just say I have never not been able to find a ride back home

5 College Senior

Transportation: Students can find a ride anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: bus drivers are not very good

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: there should be more service during weekends and summer.

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Gainesville features a lot of ways to get around town. Everybody has complaints about the RTS (Regional Transit System) buses—they don’t come on time, they don’t come at all, the drivers pack ‘em until it’s like standing in a sardine can and then stop short on purpose—but they’re free, they cover practically all of Gainesville, and the drivers might even take pity on you when you forget your student ID and let you ride anyway (maybe). But if the bus thing really isn’t your game, you can ride your bike. G’ville is consistently declared to be among the most bicycle-friendly towns in the country, with bike lanes pretty much everywhere. And of course, you can always walk; despite the size of UF’s grounds, getting around campus on foot is not as tragic as you think, and there are plenty of restaurants and shops within strolling distance.

There are also at least a couple of good ways to get out for a weekend. Air is not really one of them, unless the trip you’re taking is worth an expensive ticket from Gainesville or a pre-trip trip to Orlando or Jacksonville. Greyhound is slow and less upscale, but it's reasonably reliable and easy to get to from campus, although if you live in the areas served by the student-centered bus companies mentioned above, that’s probably your best choice. Amtrak can be maddeningly fickle—you’ll call once and find out the train’s five minutes away, but call five minutes later only to find that the train has mysteriously backtracked to two hours away. Regardless, the most important thing about all of this is to know that you can get where you’re going in and out of Gainesville. A word of advice: don’t even bother trying the “I had no way to get here” excuse in class, unless you want to poke your professor’s eye out with that ever-growing nose of yours.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Bus
  • Foot
  • Scooter
  • Skateboard/long board
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Take the RTS bus no. 25.
  • Unfortunately, your choices are pretty limited-for Gainesville's airport. The best way to get there is the bus. If you are a student, it is free to travel on the RTS bus, but it only runs Monday through Friday.
Local Taxi Services
Gator Taxi Cab
Did You Know?
The GOTCHA taxi service is actually free. You will see these long Volkswagon cars on campus, and if you need a ride, holler at one of them and they will take you anywhere for free, including downtown. The drivers work on tips, so it is nice to give your driver a couple of dollars.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

SNAP (Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol)
(352) 392-7627 (SNAP)
Daily 6:30 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Regional Transit System (RTS)

Buses are free to UF students with their student IDs and include campus circulators that visit "Park and Ride" and commuter lots as well as many campus buildings and Later Gator service downtown late on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The University pays RTS millions of dollars a year for all this service, and since it's coming from your tuition, you should make use of it!

(352) 334-2600

(352) 393-7850 Lost and Found

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 10:55-1 a.m., Sunday 10:55 a.m.-11:40 p.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Orlando International Airport

This airport is about a two-hour drive from the University of Florida.

1 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., Orlando

(407) 825-2001

Jacksonville International Airport

JAX is about an hour and 45 minutes from the University of Florida.

14201 Pecan Park Rd., Jacksonville

(904) 741-4902

Gainesville Regional Airport

It's almost completely useless. There's not enough room for a 747, so the only way to get here with an airline is to fly to Miami, Atlanta, or Charlotte, and connect to a prop plane flight for Gainesville (the same holds true in reverse-those cities are your only three destinations flying out of here). It tends to be quite expensive and, even though they are very large commuter planes, nerve-racking for those of us who prefer airborne accommodations the size of Rhode Island.

3880 NE 39th Ave.

(352) 373-0249

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is a little more than a mile from campus.

101 NE 23rd Ave.

(352) 376-5252

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


One Amtrak station is in Waldo at Highway 301 and State Road 24 (Waldo Road). It's about a 30-minute drive from UF.

14648 NE 147th Ave., Waldo

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 443 responses

  • 68% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 28% 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.
  • 0% 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 443 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 84% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 8% 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 243 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 243 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 242 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 442 responses

  • 33% Very easy.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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